BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420
CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2019: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500
DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects
DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects
Why is this course for me?
Art History is the subject for you if you are interested in any or all of the diverse aspects of visual culture, artistic creativity and the role of imagery within society. Since prehistoric times, the beliefs, aspirations and fears of mankind have been expressed through the production of objects. Art History interrogates these objects, situating them within historical, stylistic and aesthetic frameworks and contexts. The inherent interdisciplinary nature of Art History enables dynamic connections with a broad range of subjects across the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
Art History has multiple applications. We equip graduates with the skills needed to reflect on the role of the visual arts within society and to evaluate the images and environments surrounding them.
Graduates develop key skills, from critical thinking and writing to effective visual analysis, that have diverse applications and can lead to employment opportunities in:
- Museums and galleries
- Cultural & heritage sector
- Education & academia
- Digital Media, journalism & publishing
- Auction houses
UCD offers two taught master’s degrees for suitably qualified graduates: the Master’s in Art History and the Master’s in Cultural Policy & Arts Administration, as well as the opportunity to pursue doctoral research, all of which provides further possibilities for careers in the arts.
What Will I Study
Our teaching programme offers a dynamic curriculum that enables students to examine the art, architecture and visual culture of different ages, from ancient times to the present day, whether traditional or new, nontraditional media. Students are encouraged to develop a range of critical, historical and historiographical modes of inquiry so as to comprehend our visual and artistic cultures.
- The Art of the Ancient and Medieval World
- The Art of the Renaissance: Reform and Rebirth
- The Baroque to Romanticism
- The Modern World
Second & Final Years
- The Modern to the Contemporary
- European Architecture 1300-1900
- Perspectives on Irish Art: From Medieval to Modern
- History and Theory of Photography
- Islamic and Indian Art
- Rome: Caput Mundi
- Art & Death in Early Modern Europe
- Georgian Dublin
- Genre Painting in the Age of Vermeer
- Courts and Court Culture
Students attend lectures, tutorials and seminars, and undertake independent study. We have a strong commitment to small group learning and gallery, museum and site visits are integrated into the curriculum.
A combination of end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment are used. In your final year, you may also prepare a minor dissertation.
How Will I Study
International Study Opportunities
Opportunities to study abroad may include:
- Universität Wien, Austria
- Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
- Università degli Studi di Roma III, Italy
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
- University of Lund, Sweden
- University of Nottingham, UK
- University of California, USA
- University of Otago, New Zealand
- Waseda University, Japan
“My time in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD is one of my most cherished experiences when looking back at my undergraduate and postgraduate education. The School represents a superb blend of academia, research and networking. The outstanding lecturers at the School come from a range of different fields and backgrounds, which facilitates a fascinating research environment. Anyone interested in art history and some of its outer branches should most definitely consider joining the excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programmes available in the School. You won’t regret it!”
Louis Weyhe Funder BA, MA, PHD