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Contemporary Visual Culture, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The Contemporary Visual Culture programme offered by Dublin Institute Of Technology brings past and present together to understand how visual culture functions in today’s world.
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Offering the benefits of an arts degree taught in an art and design school, students learn about the theory and practice of visual culture across the fields of art, design, film, photography, curating,  digital  and  print  media.Taught in tandem with studio-based courses, it provides an industry-focused grounding in theories of contemporary visual culture, art and design history and a range of related subjects including aesthetics, gender studies and exhibitions. Teaching applies theory to practice featuring project-based learning, work placements, and visits from leading industry practitioners.

Career Opportunities

Contemporary Visual Culture graduates at Dublin Institute Of Technology will be able to work in visual culture industries, in sectors promoting and mediating visual culture. These roles include researchers, audience advocates, exhibition planners, project archivists, cultural policy advisors, research developers, and cultural journalists: critics, writers and broadcasters for publications and popular media on visual culture.

What will I Study?  

On the BA Contemproary Visual Culture is centred on academic excellence in research practice, writing and presentation skills. With a blend of individual and group learning, written assignments and presentation work, you will apply your research to the contemporary industries of visual culture: from art galleries, design companies and museums to publishing and media outlets. 

You learn about:

  • key trends and debates in recent cultural history  
  • recent histories of art and design 
  • the main philosophical and sociological theories underpinning contemporary visual culture including: aesthetics, postcolonial theory, strategies of protest, theories of vision and spectacle, methods of history-making through material culture 
  • research practices including the use of archival, primary, and secondary sources 
  • critical methods of analysis  
  • the relationship between research and industries of visual culture 

and how to

  • research and critique visual culture through the application of professional-standard writing and editorial skills 
  • utilize and develop multi-media presentation and documentation systems, including visual, print and web technologies 
  • apply research on visual culture to current industry contexts 
  • work independently to initiate and undertake in-depth research on visual culture relevant to contemporary society 
  • collaborate on team projects to organize and curate publications and events on visual culture

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Technologies of Today: Web Design  
  • After Nationhood  
  • Vision & Spectacle  
  • Collaborative Learning: Work Placement Module  
  • Body Culture: The Visualized Self Today 
  • Ethics, Polemics  Archive Studies 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must apply through the CAO system. 
  • Applicants must have obtained a full award. A Component Certificate is not sufficient. 
  • The best 8 modules are used for ranking purposes for a reserved quota of places on a number of courses.
  • A major award may be accumulated over more than one academic year.  In such cases it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to QQI for a major award where courses are taken over more than one year.
  • Applicants presenting full QQI Level 5 awards will not be required to meet minimum entry requirements based on Leaving Certificate results. The QQI Level 5 award is accepted in its own right.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3819 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3819 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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