About This Course
Subject available through multiple programmes
History of Art
Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,250 See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
History of Art, with its emphasis on visual analysis and critical thinking, is a vital discipline in a world dominated by images, where the primary vehicle of culture is visual. Despite this, many people feel ill at ease with visual information and do not understand the way in which images make an impact and produce meaning. The study of History of Art will enable you to:
- think analytically and write persuasively
- build your own criteria for making value judgements
- understand the art intervenes in the social, political, psychological, and philosophical contexts from which it emerges
The course will provide you with a firm foundation on which to build an understanding of the visual culture and physical environment of modern-day Ireland, set within both its European and wider global contexts.
In Year 1 you will cover the history and theory associated with the major phases of western art and architecture – from classical antiquity to the present – and examine the critical concepts that underpin the culture of the visual arts in the west. It is an exciting and stimulating course that teaches you to use your eyes, to ask questions, and to have confidence in your critical judgments.
In Years 2 and 3 you will build on that knowledge with a series of historically and thematically specific classes, allowing you to consider material in more detail and to perfect your skills in visual literacy.
- Western Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from Antiquity through to Contemporary Art
- Modernism in Europe, 1860-1940
- The History and Theory of Photography
- Art and Patronage in the Renaissance
- Modernism and Postmodernism
- The Art of Daily Life, 1600-1900, and
- Art and its Histories and Theories
- Historiography and Current Methodologies
- The Art of 18th-Century Ireland
- The Art and Culture of Renaissance Rome
- The Art of the Academy in the 19th Century
- The Visual Culture of the Weimar Republic
- Photography and Post Modernism
- The History and Theory of Drawing
- The History and Theory of Italian Baroque Art, and
- The Role of the Artist after 1945.
Expected lecture hours
The lectures are supplemented by tutorials, which are student-centred, supportive learning environments in which particular issues can be discussed in more detail.
Study trips to Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Florence, London, New York, and Rome are a crucial part of the learning process.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
See here for information on assessment
Why Choose This Course
History of Art offers the chance for students to view original work of art in cities such as Paris, Berlin, Florence, London, Rome and New York. A series of study trips provide the exciting opportunity to travel abroad to study artworks, together with your fellow students and lecturers, and constitute a crucial part of the learning process.
- We organise study trips to such cities as Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence, London, Paris and Rome, giving you the chance to experience some extraordinary art collections, and to enjoy a few days away together as a group
- UCC is an ideal place to study history of art because it is supported by the award-winning facilities of the Glucksman Gallery on campus, by institutions such as the Crawford Art Gallery and the National Sculpture Factory in Cork City, and by the energetic artistic community that sustains them
Placement or Study Abroad Information
If you study through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in the following countries: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA.
Skills and Careers Information
A BA in History of Art guarantees visual literacy combined with fluent verbal and written skills, may lead to an international career in:
- journalism, media and film
- design and fashion
- advertising and public relations
- heritage industry and cultural tourism
- information technology and web design
- arts administration
- art market, auction houses and antiques consultancy work
- museum and gallery work
- teaching and research
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
Mature Students Requirements
Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details.
Fees and Costs
Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €250.
The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.