Art History

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Arts
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

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

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Why is this course for me?

Art History is for you if you are interested in any or all of the different aspects of visual culture: painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts and modern visual art forms including photography, film, video and performance. At UCD, Art History is a stimulating and richly rewarding subject that explores the aesthetic and stylistic, the historical and critical elements of visual art.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Art History stimulates and sharpens visual and critical awareness. It has diverse applications and equips graduates with the skills to appreciate and critically examine the images and environments surrounding them.

Graduates in Art History have found the subject has diverse applications and can lead to employment opportunities in:

  • Museums and galleries
  • Cultural & heritage sector
  • Education & academia
  • Media, journalism & publishing
  • Auction houses
  • Archives

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

The student of Art History will learn to interpret the art of different ages, to assess its meaning, development, context and quality. They will study systems of formal analysis, such as composition, style or iconography; patronage and social context; conceptual and historical analysis. Modules can include:

First Year

  • Tools of Art History
  • Giotto to Michelangelo
  • Caravaggio to Turner
  • Art & The Modern World

Second & Final Years

  • Modernism
  • The Art & Architecture of Classical Antiquity
  • Modern Irish Art
  • Modern Architecture
  • Dutch Art
  • Irish Medieval Art & Architecture
  • Northern Renaissance
  • Art & Revolution in the 20th century
  • The 18th-century Domestic Interior
  • Art and Death
  • Courts and Court Culture
  • Visualizing Migration.

Students attend lectures, tutorials and seminars, and undertake independent study. Field trips to local and national museums, galleries, historic buildings and sites are also integrated in the undergraduate programme. Courses have, in some instances, afforded the opportunity for field-trips to London and further afield.

A combination of end-of semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you may also prepare a minor dissertation.


How Will I Study

Studying Art History (BA Arts)
Studying Art History (BA Humanities)
Classics, Art History & Archaeology Celtic Studies, Art History & History
Studying Art History (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:
Archaeology Sociology

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
  • Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • University of Lund, Sweden
  • University of Nottingham, UK
  • University of California, USA
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands


“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

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