Taught course

Irish Art History

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · Department of History of Art and Architecture

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours Bachelor degree or equivalent (for example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. An undergraduate degree in art history is preferable but not essential. Since places on the course are limited, applicants may be interviewed or asked to submit a writing sample for assessment. Please note – Offers will be made on a rolling basis from January 2015. The closing date for applications is 30th June. Should places remain unfilled, later applications may be considered. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The M.Phil. in Irish Art History provides an exciting programme
exploring a range of key aspects of the history and analysis
of Irish visual expression from pre-Christian to Contemporary
art and architecture. The course is designed both for
graduates of art history and for those from other, cognate,
disciplines. While focused on art and artists in or from Ireland,
the imagery, objects and structures are all explored within
international and interdisciplinary contexts, as the course is
intended to provide graduates with a range of transferable
analytical and practical skills that can be applied within other
cultural environments. A particular advantage of this course
is the accessibility of a wide range of relevant art objects and
structures in, and in the vicinity of, Trinity as well as extensive
library and archival resources. Since its establishment
ten years ago, the course has attracted applications from
all over the world. Many graduates have continued on to
undertake Ph.D. research in Trinity and in other universities
internationally, while others have taken up posts in museums,
galleries, and auction houses as well as in cultural media.
The course offers general introductions to Irish art and
architecture as well as a more specialised focus on selected
periods and themes. It provides students with a critical
understanding of the analysis of works of art within their
cultural contexts, and an appreciation of the range of works
created in Ireland over time. A core dimension of the course
will involve exploring the concept of ‘Irishness’. In addition to taking compulsory core modules, students choose a number
of electives, which allow them to build specific skills and to
follow their individual interests. Students are assessed on the
completion of a range of coursework assignments, including
essays, critiques, and research exercises. The capstone of the
course is a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words on a topic
selected by the student, and carried out under the supervision
of a member of staff in the Department of History of Art and
Architecture or the Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC).

Information for international students


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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr. Laura Cleaver
+353-1-896 1995