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Adult Continuing Education

Certificate in Arts (History of Art)

This course is scheduled to commence at UCC in September 2015 (subject to final numbers). The course will run on one evening per week from September to March.

Applications for this Certificate are currently made through UCC's Centre for Adult Continuing Education. To apply online click HERE. Or download your application form HERE and post it in to us.

Please contact Maeve Barry at or tel. (021) 490 2124 if you have any further queries regarding the course or the application process.



History of Art is a vital and challenging discipline of particular relevance to the needs and interests of contemporary society. We live in a culture dominated by the visual, one which constantly invites us to interpret and respond to images of all kinds. Even so, many people feel ill at ease with visual communication and do not understand the origins or meanings of the images by which they are surrounded in their everyday life. The study of the history of art, with its emphasis on sustained visual description, analysis and criticism, teaches you fundamental skills: to learn to ‘read’ and understand images, to relate artworks to their historical context, to make judgements in terms of quality and value, and to express ways of thinking imaginatively and critically about various forms of creative practice. In short, the course provides you with a useful foundation for understanding the visual culture and environment of modern-day Ireland.



This is a part-time programme running over one academic year from the date of first registration. Lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings, 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm, in Room WW9 of the Main Quadrangle, in the setting of UCC’s historic buildings. Staff will be present from 6.00 pm for student enquiries.

The Certificate in ­Arts programme has been designed to cover the history and theory associated with the major phases of Western art and architecture, and to examine the critical concepts that underpin the culture of the visual arts in the West. The works chosen illuminate the political, social and religious contexts of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and Rococo periods, and the modern epoch. This is an exciting and stimulating course that teaches you to use your eyes, to ask questions and to have the confidence in your own critical judgements.

Students take 20 credits as follows: HA1004 An Introduction to the History of Art.



Semester 1 (September – December)

The first section of the course will introduce the major phases in Western art and architecture from Classical Greece and Rome to the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe. The lectures will present a close examination of a limited selection of major works in a variety of media, as well as offering focused analysis of the careers of such important artists as Giotto, the Limbourg brothers, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, Rogier van der Weyden, Raphael, Giorgione and Titian.

Semester 2 (January - March)

The second part of the course will continue the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Baroque age through the Modern era. The lectures will place an emphasis on historical context, continuity and critical analysis. In the process, students will scrutinise the activities of such artists as Caravaggio, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Poussin, Vermeer, Watteau, Canova, Delacroix, Constable, Turner, Monet, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and Jackson Pollock.



You can download the Certificate information booklet here (PDF):

Poster (PDF): 

Short Courses 2015-2016


The Department of History of Art offers short courses which run during  the acadamic year. The courses are taught by History of Art staff and guest speakers. Each course focuses on a specific aspect of the history of art and is designed to develop the student's awareness of the historical, cultural, social and political environments that have shaped the history of art. Students will strengthen their ability to discuss and analyse critically through sustained engagement with key works of art within their choice of topic.

A number of class trips are organized, including study tours to Florence, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and London.



Students may choose from a range of topics in Teaching Period 1 (Sept-Dec) and Teaching Period 2 (Jan-March). 

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Art History
  • Irish Art
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Portraiture
  • The History of Photography
  • Modern Art
  • The History of Drawing
  • Contemporary Art
  • Theory of Art
  • The Historiography of Art History
  • Roman Baroque Art



€140/190, depending on choice of course.



Contact: Maeve Barry, Senior Executive Assistant, History of Art 

Tel.: 021 490 2124



 You can download the course poster here (PDF):  ‌Short Courses poster 2015

Rome 2013

Florence 2013-sml
 2013: Class trip to Rome with Dr Flavio Boggi 2013: Class trip to Florence with Dr Flavio Boggi
London 2012 sml Amsterdam 2010-sml
2012: Class trip to London with Dr Ed Krcma  2010: Class trip to Amsterdam with Dr Simon Knowles

Flexi Options for Graduate Study

As part of UCC’s commitment to flexible learning routes at postgraduate level, History of Art is now developing a number of modules as Postgraduate Flexi-Options, which allow you to experience an area of postgraduate study, without committing yourself to a full postgraduate programme. For more information on Postgraduate Flexi-Options click here.

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