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Senior Sophister

For those who elect to major in History of Art and Architecture, the fourth year enables students to specialize through a combination of optional modules and Special Subjects modules. Special Subject modules are research driven, and enable small groups of students to work closely with staff in their particular areas of expertise. These range from late medieval Irish art and architecture, to early modern portraiture, to architectural ornament in 18th and 19th century Europe to modern and contemporary Irish art. In addition, final year students research and write a dissertation of c.10,000 words on a topic of their choice.

Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity to study art and architecture at first hand, on campus, in the neighbouring national and municipal institutions, as well as in the streetscapes of the city. Field trips within Ireland and abroad are also fundamental to teaching practices in art history.