Research Vacancy at UCC

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UCC School of Film, Music and Theatre and Cork Opera House is seeking a candidate for a Masters by Research (MRes) Studentship. This Research Vacancy at UCC  seeks to provide an audience-engaging exploration of Cork Opera House as a building, as a creative space, and as a key location in the cultural landscape of Cork City.

The artwork designed by the student will invite audiences to self-guide through the Opera House’s architecture – including rooms, working locations, spaces and passageways that the audience might never otherwise encounter. The medium of the work might take the form of (but is not limited to) a creative writing driven, or play text-driven, performative sound walk or podcast-style recording; a self-guided mixed sound tour; a piece of sonic or audio art; one or more musical compositions; or any combination thereof. The selection committee is open to proposals that include other media or art forms. The goal is to develop, test and refine a work that will be featured during Culture Night, September 2023, as a way of engaging audiences old and new to explore the Opera House in a whole new way.

Research Vacancy at UCC

The theoretical component of the MRes work will take the form of a combination of the following:

  • A contextualisation and assertion of the originality of the aesthetics of the final work, addressing themes like space, architecturality, performativity, historical engagements, site-specific investigation, etc.
  • An articulation of an artistic research methodological approach adapted to the unique qualities of the artwork.
  • Articulation of experimentation with how best audiences are drawn to engage with the work in question, including historically marginalised audiences.
  • Explorations and contextualisation of artistic process, developing methods for new modalities of artistic outcome.
  • Explorations of historical, cultural, and personal discourse regarding Cork Opera House: its past, present and future.

Please see for details of the School.

The start date of this studentship is strictly October 1st 2022; Final Submission – Sept 30th 2023.

Candidates are requested to make a personal assessment of visa requirements to assess whether they should apply for this studentship.

Sharing of work at Cork Opera House, Culture Night – Sept 2023

Application Process Details:

  1. Please view the online form available at
  2. Please fill in the form and upload the three documents required (Research Proposal, Cover Letter, CV).
  3. You should then apply for the MRes at the UCC application portal. The studentship application form will furnish you with the ingredients for the MRes programme To apply, follow these instructions:
  4. On the main UCC application, please name any supervisor or two supervisors who you think might align with your interests from the School. We are at ie/fmt

Closing Date for Applications: 15 August 2022

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