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History of Art at Trinity

Apples and Atoms by Eilís O’Connell

The Department of History of Art and Architecture was established in 1966. The undergraduate teaching programme focuses on Western art and architecture from the early middle ages to the twentieth century, with an introductory course on the Arts of Japan also offered. As a relatively small department it places particular emphasis on small group and off-site teaching.

At postgraduate level the department offers a popular masters course, the M.Phil., Art + Ireland. There is also a vibrant group of research students reading for PhDs. The many successful graduates of the department are employed in galleries, publishing houses, art sales, teaching and journalism, as well as in a broad range of administrative, commercial and media-based professions.

Located in the heart of the city, Trinity is the ideal place in which to study the history of art and architecture, with the National Gallery, the National Museum, the Royal Hibernian Academy, and the Chester Beatty Library all situated close by, offering students a unique opportunity to study major works of art at first hand. The historic College campus provides the perfect environment for the study of architectural history. Students also benefit from the College’s important collections of manuscripts and printed books, paintings and sculpture and exhibitions in the Long Room galleries; the Douglas Hyde Gallery dedicated to contemporary art; and the Science Gallery, which explores the connections between art and science.