BSc (Hons) Art History

University College Dublin

Course Overview

Art History is the subject for you if you are interested in any or all of the diverse aspects of visual culture, artistic creativity and the role of imagery within society.

Since prehistoric times, the beliefs, aspirations and fears of mankind have been expressed through the production of objects. Art History interrogates these objects, situating them within historical, stylistic and aesthetic frameworks and contexts. The inherent interdisciplinary nature of Art History enables dynamic connections with a broad range of subjects across the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Opportunities to study abroad may include: Universität Wien, Austria, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, Università degli Studi di Roma III, Italy, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lund, Sweden, University of Nottingham, UK, University of California, USA, University of Otago, New Zealand, Waseda University, Japan.

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,900 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • We have a strong commitment to small group learning and gallery, museum and site visits are integrated into the curriculum.
  • Students are encouraged to develop a range of critical, historical and historiographical modes of inquiry so as to comprehend our visual and artistic cultures.
  • A combination of end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment are used.
  • Our teaching programme offers a dynamic curriculum that enables students to examine the art, architecture and visual culture of different ages, from ancient times to the present day, whether traditional or new, nontraditional media.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements


  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.


  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Graduates develop key skills, from critical thinking and writing to effective visual analysis, that have diverse applications and can lead to employment opportunities in:

  • Museum Curator
  • Gallery Manager
  • Art Buyer
  • Professor/Lecturer
  • Arts Manager
  • Archivist
  • Community Editor
  • Events Manager
  • Outreach/Education
  • Operations Assistant
  • Content Creator
  • Film Editor