Art History - Modern & Contemporary Art History Theory & Criticism
Unique in Ireland, the taught MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism offers a stimulating, rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and theory. Rooted in both solid historical training and cutting-edge critical methods, the course is designed to combine skills in creative and precise visual analysis, close reading of critical texts, and the cultivation of independent and original thinking and research. On completion of the course, you are equipped with skills that are vital to both further academic study and to the pursuit of a wide variety of careers in the arts. Our students typically come to us from backgrounds in the history of art, fine art, film, English literature, philosophy and other related disciplines. The course can be studied full time over one year, or part time (by day) over two years (this part-time option is available to EU students only).
The taught MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism includes an intensive course of four core modules in the fields of modern and contemporary art, a literature review (5,000 words) and a dissertation (20,000 words).
Why Choose This Course
This is the only MA only course in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism in Ireland. Students receive focused, personal attention from an international team of research-active lecturers. Small seminar classes provide the context for lively discussion, critical debate and peer learning. Course work is complemented by a visiting lecture series, class trips to museums and galleries both in Ireland and abroad, and student symposia.
A candidate must hold either (a) a honours primary degree in History of Art at 2H1 level or equivalent, or (b) Art School students should have a 2H1 minimum in their History of Art classes or equivalent, and (c) a one-page statement of purpose (500 words) acceptable to History of Art Staff, detailing the student's interest in the programme, and their particular research interests and methodologies to date, and their future professional goals. All candidates must satisfy a selection committee. In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, candidates who hold a primary degree other than Second Class Honours, and who demonstrate a high level of significant and relevant experience, may also be eligible for entry to the programme. Final acceptance is subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Assessment is based entirely on written assignments, consisting of critical research essays ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 words, in addition to a dissertation of 20,000 words.
• HA6006 Theory for Art History
• HA6021 Early Modernisms and the Experience of Modernity
• HA6007 Modern Art and Modernity
• HA6009 Contemporary Art
• HA6011 History of Art Dissertation
The Literature Review, submitted in late spring, provides critical preparation for the dissertation, enabling you to develop a thorough, analytical understanding of the body of relevant scholarly literature. The dissertation, prepared in the late spring and summer, is a supervised project of substantial independent research, on a topic of your choice.
1 year full-time
2 years part-time (by day)
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
A full-time course, the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism involves four hours of seminar per week, plus approximately 30 hours of weekly independent study and reading.
Start Date: To be confirmed, Not on offer 2020/2021.
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Skills and Careers Information
The MA provides vital training for careers in schools and universities, museums, galleries and associated fields, as well as developing the necessary transferable skills for professional work in such areas as journalism, media, design, advertising, the heritage industry, and arts administration. Our MA graduates have gone on to pursue careers in arts both in Ireland and abroad, in auction houses and the art market, in teaching and gallery work, while others have elected to pursue PhDs with us at University College Cork as well as University College London and the University of Oxford.