BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220
Why is this course for me?
Are you interested in pursuing research or a career in culture, the arts, or heritage? This unique interdisciplinary programme covers all of these areas, ranging across Celtic Studies, Art History and History. The core of this programme will see students examine the history, literature, language and culture of the Celts across the centuries. It will challenge students and will develop their critical thinking and evaluation skills, as well as providing an appreciation of the complexities of ideas, societies, cultures, languages and art.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
Students on this programme will gain the transferable skills highly valued by employers in the cultural and heritage sector, education, archives, media, journalism, public service, museums and art galleries, research, and a wide range of private sector employment opportunities that require interdisciplinary competences. In addition to MLitt and PhD programmes in Art History, Celtic Studies and History, this programme prepares students for graduate study in many areas, including:
- Celtic Studies
- Art History
- Media Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Cultural Policy & Arts Management.
What Will I Study
In this programme, the study of the history of the Celts will be placed in a European and global context, allowing for a deep understanding of Celtic civilisation from antiquity to the present day. Students will also engage with the aesthetic, stylistic, historical and critical elements of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts and modern visual art forms, including photography, video and performance. The diversity of choice in the modules that are available – from Early Irish and Welsh to Medieval Art and Architecture, and folklore and migration – draws together Celtic Studies, Art History and History.
Students take a core interdisciplinary module entitled ‘The Celtic World Today’ and then choose to study from the full range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules, such as;
- Introduction to Celtic Civilisation
- Early Medieval Ireland, its history and literature
- Medieval Welsh literature
- Vikings in the Celtic World
- Ireland’s English Centuries
- Creating History
- Modern Ireland
- Tools of Art History
- Giotto to Michelangelo
- Caravaggio to Turner
- Art & the Modern World.
Choose to study from the full range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules, such as:
- Medieval Ireland
- Northern Ireland
- Islam & Christianity
- British Empire
- Modernism: Art & Utopia
- The Art & Architecture of Classical Antiquity
- Irish Medieval to Early Modern Art & Architecture
- Modern Architecture
- The Study of Folklore
- Poets, Power and Performance
- Literature and Language in Early Ireland
Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.
Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.
Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules, including: Celticity: Who are the Celts?, Themes in Contemporary Art, Ireland & Empire AD400-700, Caravaggio & Caravaggism.
- King and Heroes of Early Ireland
- Writings on Art
- Folk Religion & Belief
- Visualising Migration
You will complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen specialised area.
International Study Opportunities
Opportunities for study abroad include those at universities in:
“I got to know the lecturers and tutors very well, which is important. They were incredibly friendly and approachable. I enjoyed how Celtic Civilisation drew on a variety of disciplines in order to explore the world of the Celts, such as History, Linguistics and Folklore. The course teaches you a variety of skills which could be applied to numerous careers, and the way in which the subject is taught makes the student experience in UCD an enjoyable one.”
Ronan O’Reilly Graduate