The MPhil in Irish Art History comprises a taught component and a dissertation. The course is full-time, for the duration of one calendar year, commencing in September and concluding the following September. Students are expected to attend all taught components of the programme.
The taught modules are presented during the Michaelmas and Hilary semesters (each twelve weeks in duration), and are assessed through coursework assignments. During Michaelmas term, students identify a research topic to develop into a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words, for submission by the end of the academic year.
The taught component comprises mandatory and optional modules designed to explore the range of art objects, structures, practitioners (mainly artists and architects), as well as writers on art, that collectively comprise the canon of Irish art history. These are considered from various traditional and new perspectives and, in particular, in relation to their analysis and presentation in art historical and theoretical texts. They are also explored within the environment of public and private collections, in exhibition and museums displays, and where relevant, in terms of the sites for which they were created. In addition to the core modules, students select a ‘special subject’ from a number of options, enabling them to explore a particular period in greater depth.
- HA7007: Irish Art History: Canons and Contexts
- HA7004: Research Theories and Methodologies
- HA7006: Research Skills and Technologies
- HA7026: Curating Art in Theory and Practice
- HA7008: Special Subject