Visual Culture & Theory I (Taster Course)

Professional / Short Course
6 Weeks (Wednesday & Saturday)
Validated by
Griffith College
Dublin Main Campus
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

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.


This course focuses on the development of professional skills; while it does not sit on the national framework, the module is drawn from Griffith College’s suite of QQI-validated degree programmes.

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.

Intake Dates

We run one intake for this course, commencing as follows:


  • Spring: February 2025*


*Subject to sufficient numbers 

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

Course Details


  • 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

  • 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.


This course is scheduled to commence in February 2025 at Griffith College Dublin, Main Campus, South Circular Road. Contact [email protected] for further information.

This part time evening course runs one evening per week (Wednesday) from 6:30-9:30pm with two Saturdays* 10am-1pm over 6 weeks. Course dates outlined below.

February 2025

Dates to be confirmed.

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).

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.


How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Professional Academy


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 350.00


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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