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Art History

MA Art History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Art History examines the art and architecture produced in different cities across a variety of periods and locations, the context out of which they emerged, and the culture and society they in turn helped to define.

Delivered by art historians from across the university and the larger Dublin community.

The examination of original works of art and architecture in a variety of locations including Dublin and in the city included in the annual field trip.

The role of art and architecture in expressing civic power and shaping urban identity.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is directed at post-graduate students of art history and of cognate subjects such as art, architecture and geography. It is also intended for those with experience in the art world and in the cultural heritage sector who seek to enhance their knowledge of the history of art and architecture and are interested in cities as sites of creativity and communal as well as individual expression.

Entry requirements

A 2H1 in Art History or a cognate area, or the international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


Z333: 1 year full time or Z334: 2 years part time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Numerous graduates from the School of Art History and Cultural Policy occupy leading positions in cultural institutions in Ireland and across the world. Its graduate programmes develop those skills essential to a wide spectrum of careers involved with the arts, visual culture and the media. UCD graduates have occupied directorial and curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Gallery, the Chester Beatty Library and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, while a UCD graduate is currently Head of Education at the Wallace Collection, London.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Elizabeth Varley
Contact Number:353 (0)1 716 8162

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Approaches to Art History: Resources and Methods AH40160
The Myth of Venice AH40380
MA Dissertation AH40410
MA Field Trip AH40420
Modern Manhattan AH40440
Fraternal Cities at War: Antwerp and Amsterdam, 1585-1648 AH40460


Assessment method

There is no examination at MA level. Individual MA modules are assessed with each module having its own strategies for assessment such as essays, slide tests catalogue entries and presentations. These are all measures and marked across the MA for both consistency.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MA Art History FT (Z333)

Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Art History PT (Z334)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2017/2018 September

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