With a focus on experimentation, collaboration and composition, this MA in Theatre and Performative Practices at University College Cork offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their own voice in a dynamic, practice and research-based, interdisciplinary learning environment. It is launching at a key time in the history of theatre and performance practice Ireland and world-wide, with the Me Too movement, Waking the Feminists, and ongoing discussion and controversy regarding the culture and nature of performance, film and theatre work.
Students will engage in study trips abroad and workshops with pioneering theatre and performance practitioners, including American dance duo Junk Ensemble and the inaugural UCC Cork Opera House Theatre Artist in Residence. The MA includes a one week intensive with The Llanarth Group, directed by world-leading scholar and director Philip Zarrilli and award-winning dramaturge, playwright and Arts & Disability activist Kaite O’Reilly.
After you graduate you will be qualified and work-ready for multiple aspects of the creative industries, both those specifically related to theatre and performance, as well as broader aspects of cultural production, administration and the creative industries. This MA trains students in skills of making and producing theatre and performative events, in lively collaboration and always in context. These are skills which are critically and dynamically transferable to the professional worlds of theatre, dance and cultural industries.
Our previous students work in multiple aspects of contemporary theatre, dance and the cultural industries. These include Creative Cultural Producers (Theatre Production, Dance Production, Festival Production), Arts Managers, Arts Administrators, Theatre Directors, Chroreographers, Performers, Playwrights, Writers for TV & Film, Community Artists working in Theatre, Dance and Visual Art as well as related industries of Journalism, Library Management, Teaching and Academia.
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Directed Study in Theatre and Performance
Special Studies in Applied Theatre
Advanced Theatre Practice
Playwrights & Writing in Contemporary Theatre
Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts & Humanities
Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis
Theory for Art History
Modern Art and Modernity
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- Applications will be considered from graduates of Theatre, Drama and / or theatre-related disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree (2H2 or above), and should be able to demonstrate an established commitment to theatre and / or performative practices.
- Applicants with significant professional-level drama and theatre experience will also be considered. Completion of the Higher Diploma in Theatre & Performative Practices (2H2 or above), also qualifies students to apply.
- Applicants will be asked to attend a workshop and/or interview with staff from Drama and Theatre Studies. Screen arrangements may be made in the case of applications from international students.
International13000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 13000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA6500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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