The MA in Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts will not be on offer for 2017/2018
Please contact the Department of Philosophy directly for information on other postgraduate options for 2017/2018
Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi
The MA Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts gives you an excellent entry into the multidisciplinary field of aesthetics across different cultural contexts East and West. It advances your career prospects in a broad range of professions related to culture and the arts. You will develop your analytical and professional skills and get together with likeminded students of different related backgrounds. The course has been designed, with the help of academics and professionals in the arts, humanities and social sciences, to enable you to deal with a broad range of aesthetic concepts and models across different disciplines at postgraduate level. During your studies, you will learn to integrate aesthetic theory from different disciplines with your own interests and with practice-led concerns. The course culminates in your own research project, about which you will complete a minor dissertation under the supervision of an international expert in the relevant area of aesthetics.
The course is based on intensive small-group class work and on independent research with one-to-one supervision by an expert in the field.
You are strongly encouraged to attend optional events in the participating disciplines (talks, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, performances etc.).
You are taught in a multidisciplinary environment with other students from varied backgrounds (theory/practice, academic/professional).
You are expected to be familiar with basic aesthetic issues and concepts in your respective field, or to acquire basic familiarity, with the help of your course leaders, early in the course.
On successful completion of this course, you can expect to know how to:
- identify, formulate, analyse and critique a broad range of aesthetic models in theoretical (academic) as well as applied contexts (professional and practice based)
- identify and negotiate cultural contexts and differences between different aesthetic paradigms East and West
- effectively perform visual, literary or other non-theoretical analysis
- perform problem-solving in academic and other professional settings
- work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning
- prepare and present research reports to a professional standard
- conceptualise and execute a substantial independent project and deliver a minor thesis to a professional standard
You will take a total of 90 credits as follows:
PH6023 Western Aesthetics and
PH6021 East Asian Aesthetics (10 credits each)
And three of the following (10 credits each):
EN6000 Modern Aesthetics in English Literature and Culture
FR6204 Theories of Vision
FR6601 Philosophies of Noise, Sound and Music
GE6003 Ut pictura poiesis. Literature and the Visual Arts
HA6006 Theory for Art History
LL6011 Parallel Worlds. Dystopian Fiction and Digital Realities
SC6624 Civilisation and Globalisation
A Literature Review in one of the participating disciplines (10 credits)
A minor dissertation in one of the participating disciplines (30 credits)
For full information on the programme content and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate Academic Calendar
Postgraduate Certificate in Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 30 credits (but less than 60 credits) may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts.
Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 60 credits may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts.
Course Code: CKE71 Full-time, CKE82 Part-time
Course Title: Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee levels: EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time
2016 Entry Requirements: You will have a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy, History of Art, Literature, Sociology or other relevant subject (see detailed entry requirements)
Closing Date: This programme is not on offer for 2017
Next Intake: This programme is not on offer for 2017
Modules are small-group, student-centred seminars, giving you the opportunity to bring in your own interests, questions and expertise in class discussion.
You will be guided and encouraged to attend a variety of optional extracurricular events relevant to the course, such as talks, conferences, exhibitions, performances.
You are required to read and review the relevant material in advance of each session. Expect to prepare for two to four hours per two hours in class.
From January until the submission of your thesis in October, you will work on your own research project under the supervision of an expert in your chosen area.
Assessment of coursework is by means of essays as well as attendance and participation. There are no exams. The assessment of the Literature Review may include an oral presentation. The dissertation is submitted at the beginning of October.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKE71AdditionalQuestions (263kB) and