Diploma in the History of European Painting and Purser-Griffith Lectures 

The Diploma in the History of European Painting is delivered in conjunction with the Purser-Griffith Lectures. Over a two-year programme this evening course explores the history of European painting from late Antiquity to the turn of the 20th century. Both the Lectures and the Diploma trace their origins to 1934 and an endowment made by the artist Sarah Purser and Sir John Griffith.  

The Diploma in the History of European Painting runs on a two-year cycle [part-time] and involves assessments and examinations in pursuit of the qualification. The Diploma in the History of European Painting & Purser-Griffith Lectures begin a new cycle in September 2018.

Registration is open in 2017/18 to students to audit the Purser-Griffith Lectures. The first lectures are on Tuesday & Wednesday, 12 & 13 September 2017. Audit students may register for a full year [Two x 12-week semesters per year] OR on a semester by semester basis. Please see the contact details for the course drector and school administrator below in case of queries


Diploma (Undergraduate) Two years in total. Two x 12-week semesters per year

Audit  Audit students may register for a full year [Two x 12-week semesters per year] OR on a semester by semester basis.    

  • Lectures [Diploma & Audit students] - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm.
  • Tutorials [Diploma students only] - Tuesdays (and/or Wednesdays depending on numbers], 5:30pm–6:30pm. 

Assessment - The Diploma is examined on the basis on continual assessment throughout the two-year cycle. The forms of assessment are varied and incorporate the following - slide tests, written assignments, short presentations and written examinations. Students are advised at the start of each year of the specific assessment requirements and deadlines. Guidance regarding the assessments is given in the course of the tutorial classes and students receive feedback on their graded assessments regularly over the duration of the course.


Contact: Course director

Contact: School administrator

Carla Briggs, MA (NUI)

Tel: + 353 1 716 8403  /  Email: carla.briggs@ucd.ie

Mrs Elizabeth Varley,
UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy, 
John Henry Newman Building, 
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Tel: + 353 1 716 8162  /  Email: elizabeth.varley@ucd.ie