BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)
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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.
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.
First year modules introduce students to the key periods, artists and movements of European art and architecture from Antiquity through to the birth of modern art in the early 20th century.
Second & Final Years
Students have the opportunity to develop an increasingly in-depth visual and critical understanding of the history of art, crossing over boundaries of media, chronology and geography. Typical modules include:
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.
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Opportunities to study abroad may include:
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 and Heritage Sector, Education and Academia, Digital Media, Journalism, Publishing, Auction Houses, Archives.
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 are prepared to undertake graduate study in a range of areas, including two taught master’s degrees at UCD: MA Art History, Collections & Curating and MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management. Graduates are also prepared to pursue doctoral research.
“My time as an undergraduate of Art History in UCD was one of the most enlightening I can remember. Every lecture and seminar served to whet our appetite further in learning about the history of art and visual culture. There were many field trips to art galleries and museums and around the heart of Georgian Dublin. The School of Art History is a small and friendly place to study and there is plenty of support for students. If you have a love for art, architecture and visual culture, this course is for you.”
Brian Coffey, Student
UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy
Tel: +353 1 716 8162