This course is scheduled to commence at UCC in September 2017 (subject to final numbers). 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 WW6 of the Main Quadrangle, in the setting of UCC’s historic buildings. Staff will be present from 6.00 pm for student enquiries.

There are no end-of-year exams associated with the course. Your final grade is tied to the marks gained in continuous assessment, over both semesters, consisting of 4 essays and 2 class tests in total.

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

Applications for this Certificate are currently made through UCC's Centre for Adult Continuing Education. It is also possible to apply online. If you prefer, you may download a hardcopy of the application form HERE, posting it to The Centre for Adult Continuing Education at UCC.

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.

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.

Semester 1 (September – December 2017)

The first section of the course will introduce the major phases in western art and architecture from classical antiquity in 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 - April 2018)

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 key artistic personalities as Caravaggio, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Poussin, Vermeer, Watteau, Canova, Delacroix, Constable, Turner, Monet, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

If you have any further queries regarding the course, or to request our Evening Cert brochure, please contact Maeve Barry, Senior Executive Assistant in History of Art, at maeve.barry@ucc.ie or tel. (021) 490 2124.

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