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Visual Culture & Theory I (Taster Course)

Visual Culture & Theory I (Taster Course)


This course will include two areas the History of Art & Design I and the Development of Interiors from Antiquity to Renaissance

This subject area will introduce you to key historical styles and periods in European art and design from Neoclassicism (c.1790) up to early Modernism (c.1914). It will enable you to compare and contrast different historical periods and styles and understand their evolution through time.

Why study Visual Culture and Theory at Griffith College?

On successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Evaluate the key movements in art and design from c.1790-c.1914 within their artistic, historical, social and cultural contexts.
  • Contrast the work of different artists, designers, movements and styles with one another.
  • Apply critical thinking skills, communication skills, and independent research and writing skills.
Course details
History of Art & Design 1
  • Neoclassicism
  • Romanticism
  • The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • Realism
  • Impressionism
  • Post-Impressionism
  • Class Quiz and/or Gallery Visits
  • The Great Exhibition, Design Reform
  • Art Nouveau
  • Cubism, Futurism
  • Fauvism, Expressionism
  • Abstract Art
The Development of Interiors from Antiquity to Renaissance
  • Introduction to the Visual Arts & Culture
  • Origins of civilisation and culture
  • Egyptian culture
  • Greek culture
  • Roman culture
  • The rise of Christianity culture; effects on Ireland and Britain
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Middle Ages: The Romanesque Style
  • The Middle Ages: The Gothic Style
  • Renaissance Culture: Italy
  • Mannerism
  • Renaissance culture: outside Italy

Course contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


February 2020 - Dates available upon request.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Mature Students 

If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

Under 23 Years 

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

Two Honours Level, Grade C3s or above and four Ordinary Level D3s (subjects to include Maths and a language, English, Irish or another language) or equivalent exam taken.

New Leaving Cert

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include Maths and a language (English, Irish or another language).

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 300.00


Academic Progression

Further to completion of the Visual Culture & Theory I, learners are recommended to continue their studies at Griffith College by applying for our BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture course.


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