UCC ACE Short courses

War in Art: War and Visual Culture Since 1900 COURSE CLOSED

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    War in Art: War and Visual Culture Since 1900 COURSE CLOSED

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Eight weeks, Thursdays 7-9pm, from 31 January to 21 March 2019

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €200 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 18 January 2019

  • Venue

    Western Gateway Building, Room G18, UCC

  • Start Date

    Thursday 31 January 2019

Course Outline

This course introduces students to the visual culture of war, from the art of the World War I battlefields to the public memorials commemorating the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. The ongoing World War I centenary commemorations have revived public interest in the famous works of art it generated by the conflict, and through this course, students will learn how the art of World War I and that of the century that followed has shaped, reshaped – even misshaped – the public perception of war by engaging with key works of art, photography and popular art forms such as film and illustrated magazines. By focusing on key historical moments, students will gain insight to the social, political and cultural factors that prompted artists to create some of the most enduring, provocative images of the violent 20th century and since. Each class is divided into two sections – Lecture 1 provides an overview of the art of a specific conflict or historical moment, and Lecture 2 is a case study that enables students to focus in more detail on a key topic or figure related to the content of Lecture 1. In addition to class handouts, a reading list of materials accessible online will be provided.

Week 1: Lecture 1: The First World War in European Visual Culture Lecture 2: Case study: British and German war artists

Week 2: Lecture 1: Propaganda and the Rise of Fascism in art and popular culture in the 1930s Lecture 2: Case Study: Anti-Fascism in German visual culture

Week 3: Lecture 1: World War II Lecture 2: Case Study: The art of the Holocaust

Week 4: Lecture 1: The Korean and Vietnam Wars Lecture 2: Case Study: Press photography and the Vietnam War

Week 5: Lecture 1: Ireland during the Revolutionary years, 1913-1923 Lecture 2: Case Study: John Lavery’s High Treason: The Appeal of Roger Casement, The Court of Criminal Appeal, 17 and 18 July 1916

Week 6: Lecture 1: Northern Ireland – the art of the Troubles Lecture 2: Case Study: Willie Doherty – witness and artist of the Troubles

Week 7: Lecture 1: Contemporary wars in visual culture 1 Lecture 2: Case Study: Contemporary official war artists

Week 8: Lecture 1: Contemporary wars in visual culture 2 Lecture 2: The Memory of the Balkan Wars in Croatia

Course Practicalities

Who teaches this course:

Dr Ann Murray (History of Art), School of History. Email: annmurray@ucc.ieDr Murray obtained her PhD at UCC in 2017, with a thesis titled From Mars to Kassandra: The Memorialization of World War I in the Work of Otto Dix, 1914-1933. She is the editor of Constructing the Memory of War in Visual Culture since 1914: The Eye on War (Routledge, 2018). She has published several journal articles on war art and regularly presents her work at international conferences. She has lectured on a variety of subjects in the history of Western art and is currently writing a book on Otto Dix's war art.


Short courses are non-assessed.

Why Choose This Course

This course will be useful to those with an interest in the history of art, modern history, visual culture, cultural history and war/military history. It will also be an ideal introduction to those considering further studies in these subjects, e.g. Certificate in Arts - History of Art.  This is the only short course that provides a scholarly introduction to this important subject.


Applicants must be over 18 at course commencement.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €200.

How Do I Apply

This course is now closed. For a full list of available courses please see our website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace/courses/shortcourses/


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