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.

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.

MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary World

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.

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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.

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PhD in Visual Culture

The School of Visual Culture engages a broad range of historical, theoretical and critical domains. The School creates a community which fosters lively exchange, scholarly discussion and critical debate.

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