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. 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 historic endowment made by the artist Sarah Purser and Sir John Griffith to encourage the study of history of art in Ireland.

This course can be taken either for Credit (Diploma in the History of European Painting) or Audit (Purser-Griffith Lectures).

The undergraduate Diploma 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 began a new cycle in September 2020. 

Audit students attend the lectures purely for interest and do not undertake any form of assessment. Audit students may register at in either year one or two.

Further detail regarding this course can be found in the Booklets below.

Diploma (Undergraduate): Two years. 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.
Diploma in the History of European Painting & Purser-Griffith Lectures 2020/21PDF|


Registration is now open to general interest students to audit the 2019/20 Purser-Griffith Lectures. Applications can be made online or directly via the School.

Contact: Course Director

Contact: School Manager

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