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Undergraduate Diploma in the History of European Painting

Mainie Jellett, Abstract no. 1,  TCD Collection

Course Administrator: Angela Griffith
Lecturers: Staff in the History of Art Department
Duration of the Course: One academic year (two x 12-week semesters)
Contact hours: 2 lectures and 1 seminar per week

This course of approximately forty lectures provides an historical survey of European art and design. It covers major periods of art including Romanesque and Gothic Art, the Italian Renaissance, the Baroque Period, French Impressionism and Modernism. Significant individual artists, architects and designers will be considered in more detail, for example Michelangelo, Palladio, Rembrandt, Cezanne and Le Corbusier.

While presented chronologically, the course will include thematic lectures introducing the critical analysis of objects and considers such matters as practice, making and contexts.

In addition to the lectures, registered students attend seminars, many of which are held off site visiting the institutions such as the National Gallery of Ireland.

Assessment comprises visual tests, essays submitted throughout the year, and a viva voce / oral exam held in April / May. The student who receives the highest grade is awarded the Purser-Griffith Scholarship. Contact hours; 3 hours per week comprising two lectures and one seminar

As an introductory course, no previous experience in the study of art history is necessary for intending applicants and it is designed as a part-time course. However, students will be required to do independent study and full attendance of all classes is strongly advised.

Diploma students have access to Trinity College library facilities


Lectures are held twice per week and seminars once per week, usually on the same day(s) as the lectures. Timetabling information has yet to be finalised. The days and times of the lectures will be posted as soon as they become available, but are likely to take place during office hours.

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The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021

For further information contact:

Department of the History of Art and Architecture
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

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