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UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

Scoil Stair na hEalaíne agus an Pholasaí Chultúrtha UCD

Postgraduate Study

The School offers a range of dynamic postgraduate programmes in both Art History and Cultural Policy.  Our taught Masters in Art History has the theme Cities: Art, Architecture and Aspiration and explores issues of urban identity and myth-making during different eras in Venice, Rome, New York, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Istanbul and elsewhere.  The School is also the centre for the only Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management within Ireland, which provides professional training for managers and leaders in the arts and heritage fields.  At PhD level we offer supervision in a range of diverse subject areas.

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Why choose the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy for your postgraduate studies?

  • We are the largest Art History department in Ireland with a deeply committed teaching staff, who are leaders in their respective fields of study.  All members of staff are actively involved in research and publishing of the highest international standards and are frequently invited to lecture at museums and universities at home and abroad and to contribute to the catalogues of major exhibitions.  While we have expertise in an impressive variety of fields, there is a concentrated specialisation in Irish art, twentieth-century art and architecture, and European painting of the Early Modern period.
  • We have a distinguished record of attracting substantial research funding.  Two members of staff are the steering forces behind the Art and Architecture of Ireland (AAI), a dictionary project supported by the Royal Irish Academy.  Funded by the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism together with private sponsors, it received the largest grant ever for an art-historical project in this country.  Our graduate and post-doctoral students have enjoyed similar success in attracting financial aid for their research.  Many have been the recipients of fellowships from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and other organisations.  Among recent graduates have been two George Mitchell scholars.
  • A strong research culture has been fostered in the School.  Regular seminars are held where students, staff and visiting academics can present work in progress.  Over the past two years the School has organised four international conferences.
  • The new structured UCD PhD allows for a more attractive and broadly based educational experience.  Among its innovative features is the appointment of doctoral panels, consisting of two or more academics drawn from different disciples, who assist the main supervisor in providing advice and support to the student.  Taught modules, online modules and workshops help the student acquire transferable skills relevant to the successful completion of his or her research project and to wider career development.
  • Graduates from our MA and PhD programmes occupy leading positions across the Irish cultural sector and also abroad.  Among typical careers pursued are museum and gallery curators, academic positions in universities and art colleges, and arts administrators.