Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
10 Weeks
Certificate of Completion
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann
Address: Department of History, University of Limerick

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Brief Description

Next Intake: Autumn 2024

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Module Description

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History of Art and Architecture Survey




Autumn 2024


This module is a survey course on the history of art and architecture. It will focus on four key areas: early Christian and medieval art in Ireland; the art and architecture of Renaissance and Baroque Italy; Modernist Transformations; and Irish painting and sculpture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Participants will learn about the key ideas and concepts across these four areas and will have the opportunity to engage with recent and ongoing scholarship and research. Participants will also be encouraged to explore their own local museum and gallery collections in connection with module themes.

This module is designed for anyone with an interest in, and a desire to learn more about, art and architectural history. It will be of interest to teachers involved in delivering the Leaving Certificate Visual Studies curriculum, and who wish to extend their research into these core areas. The module will also be of interest to those working in museum, gallery, or other heritage sectors, and who wish to upskill in these core aspects of art and architectural history to enhance their role and skill set, and/ or support those engaging in the Leaving Certificate Visual Studies curriculum.

The module is designed to be fully asynchronous, meaning that the content is available to you online at any stage to engage with in your own time. There will also be optional ‘live-online’ discussion sessions for module participants to engage with the course lecturer, and with each other. An optional day-long seminar will also be part of the module design, and participants who cannot attend this will be encouraged to engage with their local museum and gallery collections, and to share their findings with participants on the module Brightspace platform.

This module is designed to promote engagement with key concepts and emerging, cutting-edge scholarship in the history of art and architecture. It will provide an excellent platform for further study, and an opportunity to explore and engage with collections in national and international museums and galleries.


Learning outcomes:

On the successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of key themes in art and architectural history;
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge of art and architectural history to examples in their own locality;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of recent research on art and architectural history, and understand how this research enhances and expands engagement with the field;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate the presentation of art and architectural heritage in museum and gallery contexts;
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and effectively use online resources and digitised collections of art and architectural heritage in their own research and engagement.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore how complex ideas, values, and attitudes are presented and engaged in museum and gallery contexts in order to connect with different learning and audience types.


There is no final exam for this module. You will be assessed through 3 continuous assignments, provided by your lecturer and tutor.

The programme is open to all learners who wish to engage with the module. No prior learning in the area is required, and given that it includes both foundational information and insight into new and emerging scholarship, it is suitable for complete beginners in the field as well as those with a background in the area. The module will involve self-directed reading by participants, and where possible, readings will be provided in an audio as well as a text format. Similarly, assessments can be submitted in written or recorded form, in order to increase the accessibility of the module to all learners.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


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