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.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This course takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm - 10.00pm.

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

€1250 per academic year

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

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]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.

You can also download and post in your application ACE Application Form 2019


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Year 1 Modules

  • AD1839: The Art of Northern Europe (5 credits)
    This module will explore the characteristics of the 'Northern Renaissance' as manifested in the traditions of Netherlandish, Flemish and German Art from the fifteenth to the sixteenth century. Artists studies will include Roger Van der Weyden, Jan Van Eyck and Albrect Durer.
  • AD1840: The Age of the Baroque (10 credits)
    This module will present an overview of the characteristics of European Baroque painting, architecture sculpture. Artists studied will include Michelangelo Merisi, Caravaggio; Peter Paul Rubens; Diego Velasquez; Jan Vermeer; Rembrandt van Fijn and Gianlorenzo Bernini.
  • HA1800: Introduction to the Formation of European Art (5 credits)
    This module will examine the artistic legacy and achievements of Greece and Rome on which Renaissance artists and theorists built. It will examine the style and iconography of Byzantine and Medieval Art. There will be case studies on manuscript illumination. Topics covered will include the Acropolis in Athens; the Pantheon and Colosseum, Rome; the art of the Book of Kells and the Gothic cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame.
  • HA1801: Renaissance Studies (10 credits)
    This module will explore Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture. The Renaissance heritage of Rome, Florence and Venice will be explored through case studies. Artists studies will include Giotto di Bondone; Duccio di Buoninsegna; Leonardo Da Vinci; Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raphael Sanzio.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD2838: Art in the Age of Enlightenment (5 credits)
    This module will examine the re-interpretation of Antiquity during the Age of the Enlightment.
  • HA2802: Birth of Contemporary Art (10 credits)
    This module will examine the various diverse strands of the Modernist aesthetic during the early 20th century. Topics examined will include: Symbolism; Cubism; Expressionism; Dada; Surrealism. This module will examine art and visual culture after World War II, investigating the continuing developments of modern art and their shift from Paris to New York. It will also examine the rise of visual culture and its subsequent effect on artistic practice and the discipline of art history. Artists studied will include Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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