UCC Adult courses

European Art History - Dip

About This Course

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Course Outline

The course will survey European art history from the fifth century BCE to contemporary practice. The course will introduce you to the significant work of artists, sculptors and architects in the disciplinary canon and examines their work within the broader social and cultural context of its production. The course also explores how significant works have been cited throughout the history of European art. The course develops critical visual analysis through close reading of artworks themselves and associated literature.

Course Practicalities

The course schedules study trips throughout the two-year cycle. Previous classes have gone to Rome, Paris, London and Edinburgh. We also visit Cork galleries and galleries in Dublin. These trips are optional and a supplementary fee may apply.

Assessment will include essays, learning journals, field trip reports and online discussion forums. Assessments are optional. If students choose to do assessments they will be guided by professional and experienced tutors. All assessments are designed to match an appropriate learning level. While we want students to do their best, most of all, we want them to enjoy the course.

Staff are drawn from the History of Art and Adult Continuing Education faculties. Staff are active teachers and researchers in the field of art history and cultural history.

Why Choose This Course

This course is not simply about art history; it is about making connections between the visual arts and other aspects of human creativity throughout history. At a time when questions about the nature of Europe, and what it means to be European, are becoming increasingly important this course seeks to explore the concept of European identity as displayed through the visual arts beginning with Egypt and Classical Greece and ending with art in the twenty-first century.

Course participants come from varied backgrounds. Some choose to do the course to develop a greater knowledge about looking at art and culture while others, like educators and heath care professionals, have taken the course for professional development.


  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application and have Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification) /FETAC Level 5 qualification.
  • Candidates who do not have Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 5 but are over 21 years of age and have an interest in the visual arts and their significance within society may be deemed suitable, subject to the approval of the ACE Committee.
  • English Language Requirements: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score. Candidates who successfully complete First Year may opt not to proceed to Second Year and may exit the programme with a Certificate in European Art History.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€1500 per academic year

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here

How Do I Apply

Delivery Mode For Academic Year 2021/22

Following consultation with our students and programme teams, there will be a blended online approach for this programme for the 2021/22 academic year. This approach will allow for the multiple other personal and professional commitments that adult learners often have to manage alongside their studies.

From September to December, all courses will be delivered online where students will attend live virtual classes which will incorporate (as much as possible) opportunities for engagement and interactivity with lecturers and fellow students.

From January to June, we will endeavour to provide opportunities for in-class workshops and lectures where relevant. Please note that if some campus-based activity does resume, it will not be compulsory for students to attend face-to-face classes. Provisions will be made to facilitate all students’ ability to complete their studies regardless of the approach taken (online, blended, face-to-face).  

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Matthew Whyte at matthew.whyte@ucc.ie 

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • 50% of the fees are required to complete your application. 


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