Art History - Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism MA

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Course Code: CKE66 Full-time; CKE63 Part-time

Course Title: Art History - Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Art History - Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish EU Fee: €6,000 Full-time; €3,000 per year Part-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,000 full-time

Entry Requirements: You must have an honours primary degree with a 2.1 grade (or equivalent) in History of Art or a cognate discipline (please see detailed entry requirements).

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11 September 2017


Unique in Ireland, the taught MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism offers a stimulating, rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and theory. Rooted in both solid historical training and cutting-edge critical methods, the course is designed to combine skills in creative and precise visual analysis, close reading of critical texts, and the cultivation of independent and original thinking and research. On completion of the course, you are equipped with skills that are vital to both further academic study and to the pursuit of a wide variety of careers in the arts. Our students typically come to us from backgrounds in the history of art, fine art, film, English literature, philosophy and other related disciplines. The course can be studied full time over one year, or part time (by day) over two years (this part-time option is available to EU students only).

Course Details

The taught MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism includes an intensive course of four core modules in the fields of modern and contemporary art, a literature review (5,000 words) and a dissertation (20,000 words).


Part 1

HA6006 Theory for Art History
HA6021 Early Modernisms and the Experience of Modernity

Part Two

HA6007 Modern Art and Modernity
HA6009 Contemporary Art

The Literature Review, submitted in late spring, provides critical preparation for the dissertation, enabling you to develop a thorough, analytical understanding of the body of relevant scholarly literature. The dissertation, prepared in the late spring and summer, is a supervised project of substantial independent research, on a topic of your choice.

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

A candidate must hold either (a) a honours primary degree in History of Art at 2H1 level or equivalent, or (b) Art School students should have a 2H1 minimum in their History of Art classes or equivalent, and (c) a one-page statement of purpose (500 words) acceptable to History of Art Staff, detailing the student's interest in the programme, and their particular research interests and methodologies to date, and their future professional goals. All candidates must satisfy a selection committee. In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, candidates who hold a primary degree other than Second Class Honours, and who demonstrate a high level of significant and relevant experience, may also be eligible for entry to the programme. Final acceptance is subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC. 

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE66AdditionalQuestions (263kB) and ‌


Course Practicalities

A full-time course, the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism involves four hours of seminar per week, plus approximately 30 hours of weekly independent study and reading.


Assessment is based entirely on written assignments, consisting of critical research essays ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 words, in addition to a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr Sabine Kriebel, MA Coordinator, PhD University of California, Berkeley. Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Dr Ed Krcma, PhD, University of London. Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Dr Simon Knowles, PhD, UCC Lecturer in Modern Art.

Further Contact Information

Ms. Maeve Barry
Administrative Assistant
History of Art
T: +353 (0)21 490 2124

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