The School offers both taught and research Masters and theory-based PhDs. The areas of expertise are spread across the history of western art and design, with a special emphasis on the history of Irish painting, sculpture and architecture; Irish Romanesque art; 18th century art, architecture and design; the Irish arts and crafts movement in an inter-national context of National Romanticism; 19th century art, including Ireland; the education of artists and designers; material culture since the 18th century; textiles, metals, ceramics, glass, dress, jewellery; contemporary international movements and issues in the fine arts and craft and design; aesthetics and general critical theory.
School of Visual Culture
Visual Culture is concerned with the spectrum of human creativity: art, design, architecture, advertising, film, media and aesthetics. We interrogate social theories and practices of visual culture and seek meaningful connections between history, theory and practice.
MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary World
The MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary World is a taught programme that examines contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts.View MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary World
MA Design History and Material Culture
The taught MA in Design History and Material Culture is a pioneering course that examines the history of design and material culture from the eighteenth century through to the present day.View MA Design History and Material Culture