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International Study Programs

Music HDip

Music HDip

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

UCC's experience is that many students have valued music in their lives from a young age (as music-lovers, as performers) and retained a deep interest in music while preferring, on leaving school, to take a degree in another subject. After graduation, in seeking to return to the study of music, you are often highly motivated and will in time be excellent postgraduate students in music programmes, if that is your ambition.

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Music) is for graduates in subjects other than music who want to study music intensively at a level equivalent to that of a primary honours degree in music.  In this way, the Higher Diploma acts as an important conversion course between subject areas and enables graduates in non-music subjects to make themselves eligible for consideration subsequently for graduate courses in music at master’s and doctoral levels.

This course is ideal, and unique in Ireland, for graduates in non-music subjects who want to qualify in music to degree level and beyond. Success in this course may be said to be the equivalent of acquiring a degree in music. 

The course is an extremely flexible one that may be tailored to suit your interests and your aspirations for specialisation in music. It is ideal for those who have acquired skills in music in previous years and now wish to build on that experience and advance it to professional levels with the potential for a career in music or master’s degrees at UCC and at other universities that hold a similar view about equivalence.

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Course Delivery

As well as attending classes for several hours per week during term-time, much of your time on this course is devoted to self-directed study (in preparation, for instance, for performance or composition classes, or for seminar participation and coursework submissions). All HDip students are also encouraged to participate in the Department’s Research Seminar series.

The Department of Music employs a wide range of assessment methods, matching the nature and requirements of its various course options. They include: continuous assessment and practical examinations for performance options; a portfolio of written and/or audio-visual submissions for composition options; written responses to set texts and to seminars and coursework that ranges from formal essays to learning journals. The major study option is assessed by a panel of staff and the external examiner for the course.

Careers

The Higher Diploma in Arts is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher registration PROVIDED you have completed modules to the value of at least 80 credits in the subject music.  If you wish to register your chosen subject with the Teaching Council, you must also register for an additional 20 credits of first year modules in that subject.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT the teacher training programme.  You must complete the Professional Masters of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. 

Learning Outcomes

Your skill set will depend on the modules you choose, the types of music you study and the areas of study in which you specialise. In general terms these areas of speciality fall into the broad categories of music scholarship and teaching, music performance, and music composition.

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Course Outline

This is a 60 credit course that may be taken full time over nine months, from September to May. The modules are selected from the modules designed for UCC’s BMus and BA (Arts-Music) honours degree courses:

  • 30 credits from level/year 2, and;
  • 30 credits from final year.

You may be sharing classes with UCC's Music undergraduates, with identical course-requirements for the particular modules chosen. This makes for an ideal environment for study and personal growth sinceyour experience is greatly enriched by the dynamic of working alongside other music students and collaborating with them in seminars, for instance, and in creative work (performance and/or composition).

You will be offered a range of options that are selected in consultation with the course coordinator and other staff. You are encouraged to select options that build on your existing interests in music but also help you to explore the subject further and develop a specialism, whether in an area of scholarship and/or in music performance and/or composition.

A special feature of this course is that you will be taking two modules that are important ingredients of the final year of an honours degree course: a seminar class and a major study option under the supervision of a member of the Department’s staff. This option, the most substantial requirement of the course, can take a number of forms: a dissertation, a portfolio of compositions, a recital given in public, a music-technology project, etc. This advanced work is ideal as the bridge to postgraduate study in music.

In general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher, 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. 

If you wish to register the subject with the Teaching Council, the 20 credits of first year modules will be in addition to your Higher Diploma in Arts programme registration. 

Course Info

Course Code : CKA20

College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration : One Year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Tuition Fee - International Fees

13,000

Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)

120

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.



Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is September 11, 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Places on this programme are offered in rounds, according to the following schedule

Date a completed application is received

Date an offer will be made

January 16, 2017

January 30, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

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Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement. You must already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences as this Higher Diploma Course is a conversion programme.

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  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 17; Speaking 21; Reading 19.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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