The Higher Diploma in Arts (Italian) is a conversion course for those with a prior knowledge of Italian who want to study Italian language and culture to honours degree level. Competence in Italian language on entry should be equivalent to the standard in Italian achieved at the end of First Arts.
It is aimed at graduates who may want to be considered for a master's course in the subject area subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in Italian) or who may want to add Italian to their qualifications.
The course involves the study of Italian language to BA level and of Italian culture (literature, theatre, cinema, art, media) from Dante to Berlusconi.
Registration with the Teaching Council:For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma in Arts Italian is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of a teaching subject at post primary level.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT the teacher training programme. Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01for further details.
The course consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from Levels II and III of the undergraduate BA degree in Italian.
The subject modules will be chosen by you in consultation with the Head of the Department of Italian or the course coordinator, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations. In any case, you must include the 10-credit language module at BA level: the Department will determine, in consultation with you, if additional language study is necessary. The programme of study to be followed may differ for each individual student, depending on the your background, preferred area of specialisation, etc.
Registration with the Teaching Council:For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher subject registration in Italian. In general, if you wish to qualify with Italian as a teaching subject, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.
Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:
- Curricular Subject Requirements: Teaching Council: Curriculur Subject Requirements
- Subject Declaration Forms (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area):Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms
Please see the CollegeBook of Modulesfor information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.
Course Code: CKA18 Full-time; CKA38 Part-time
Course Title: Italian
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Qualifications: HDip in Arts
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time
2016 Entry Requirements: You will have a degree, preferably in the area of arts or the sciences (see detailed entry requirements)
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
Full-time students may expect approximately 16 contact hours per week, divided between language tutorials and lectures/seminars for culture modules. You must also undertake independent study and complete language exercises out of class, for which you will receive regular feedback. Required reading must be completed in advance of classes.
Students who may not have the time to embark on full-time study can take up to 30 credits in the Flexi-Options scheme(http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/what/flexioptions/).
Alternatively, those interested in studying Italian language only might want to consider the undergraduate Certificate in Languages, which involves the study of two languages (10 credits each), at a level appropriate to the individual student
Language skills are assessed by assignments and/or written and listening tests, which provide you with regular feedback on your progress. At the end of the year, you take written and oral examinations.
Courses on Italian culture are assessed by a combination of class tests, written assignments and end-of-year examinations. The Department of Italian places great emphasis on guiding students in the development of writing skills, and you are encouraged to engage in dialogue with lecturers during the drafting of essays and projects.
Application ProcedureApplication for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme.A copy of these supplementary questions are available to view here: CKA18AdditionalQuestions (50kB)
Further Contact Information
EU Application queries:
Graduate Studies Office, UCC
T: +353 (0)21 490 2645
Non-EU/International Application queries:
International Education Office, UCC
T: +353 (0)21 490 4733