BA (Hons) in Arts

Course Points
320
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
40 Places

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • This course provides students with a traditional education, alongside a foundation in digital skills.
  • Students who completed this course have been accredited for teaching in the areas of History, English and CSPE by the Teaching Council.
  • This course allows students of French and Spanish to undertake a year of study abroad in either France or Spain.
  • Students who complete the BA (Hons) in Arts gain a significant range of transferable skills, including critical thinking and research, which enable to complete further studies, and work, in a diverse range of areas and sectors.

Course Summary

Do you aspire to be a primary or secondary school teacher? An archaeologist? An archivist or librarian? A political activist? A journalist? An arts manager? Then the Level 8 BA (Hons) in Arts could be the starting point you need!

This three-year arts degree programme offered at DkIT is a unique programme in Ireland. It offers a traditional arts education in History, English, Archaeology, French, Spanish and Politics and Society, alongside three years of digital humanities training. This innovative, new development in arts education will provide you with critical and practical skills to meet the demands of a rapidly changing digital environment.  

The degree programme creates Honours-level Arts Graduates that are also skilled users and creators of information in digital media, an increasingly important area in education and publishing. As a graduate you will be able to integrate these new digital media with traditional scholarly activity in the Arts.   

As a graduate of this degree, you will be Academically Qualified in Two of the core Arts disciplines: History; English; Archaeology; French; Spanish; Politics & Society; whilst also becoming a sophisticated Creator and User in Digital Humanities. 

Students who choose either French or Spanish for their degree can undertake a dedicated year abroad in a host institution in France and Spain. This year takes place after year two. Students then return to DkIT in the following academic year to complete their third year of studies. Students who undertake the extra year of study abroad will achieve a BA (Hons) in Arts International. 

You will start in Year Semester 1 with lectures across all the Arts subjects, all introducing you to the field of study and giving you a good overall picture of the subjects and how they studied.

In early December of your first year, at the end of semester 1, you will choose your two areas of Arts subject study, for example English with History. You will then concentrate for the rest of your studies in those two Arts areas.  All students across all the Arts subjects will also study Digital Media for the Humanities and learn how to use and create ‘Digital Humanities’.


Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities: digital literacy
  • Ireland 1800-1921: success and failure under the Union
  • Prehistoric Ireland to the Bronze Age
  • Irish Literature
  • Introduction to Social and Political thought
  • French for Arts 1
  • Spanish for Arts 1

Semester 2

(Choose TWO Arts Subject areas)

  • Introduction to Multimedia for Humanities
  • History
    • History and Historians
    • Ireland 1921-98: Modernity and Tradition
    • Europe 1918-2007: The Breaking of Nations
  • Archaeology
    • Human Origins: the Palaeolithic
    • Archaeological Techniques
  • English Literature & Culture 
    • Literature and Society
    • Borders in Literature
    • Introduction to Cultural Theory
  • Politics & Society
    • Comparative Politics
    • Contemporary Irish Politics
    • The Struggle for Democracy
  • French
    • French for Arts 2
    • French Society and Literature: perspectives on French writers
  • Spanish
    • Spanish for Arts 2
    • An Introduction to Spain and Latin America

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Web Applications for Humanities
  • History
    • Ireland, 1540-1800: land and religion.
    • The rise of the USA: Civil War to Cold War.
    • History of the Revolutionary Tradition
  • Archaeology
    • The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland
    • Prehistoric Europe: Ice Age to Bronze Age
  • English Literature & Culture
    • American Literature
    • Studies in Romanticism
    • American Drama
  • Politics & Society
    • Gendered Governance & Society
    • Borders, Borderlands and Contested States
    • Globalisation and Political Economy
  • French
    • French for Arts 3
    • French, society, history and ideas in nineteenth century novels
  • Spanish
    • Spanish for Arts 3
    • Spanish and Latin American People and Society

Semester 2

  • Advanced Multimedia for Humanities
  • History
    • Early Modern Europe, 1450-1700
    • Ireland 1912-1932: Revolution and Counter-Revolution
    • History of Cartography
  • Archaeology
    • Celtic Ireland and Europe
    • The Archaeology of Britain
  • English Literature & Culture
    • Fiction to Film
    • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Politics and Society
    • Genocide, Social Darwinism & Racial Science
    • Community Development and Active Citizenship
    • Politics in Action
  • French
    • French for Arts 4
    • Literature and ideas in the French Enlightenment
  • Spanish
    • Spanish for Arts 4
    • Spanish and Latin American Film and Literature 1 

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Digital Humanities: Research Methodology
  • History
    • The Rise of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800
    • Medieval Ireland
    • Great Britain since 1945
  • Archaeology
    • Archaeological Theory
    • The Archaeology of Death and Burial
  • English Literature & Culture
    • Literary and Culture Theory
    • Writing Race
    • Irish Drama, 1890-1900
  • Politics & Society
    • Identities, Communities and Social Boundaries
    • Media, Power and Politics
    • The Northern Ireland Peace Process
  • French
    • French for Arts 5
    • French poetry, novels and ideas of the twentieth century
  • Spanish
    • Spanish for Arts 5
    • Spanish and Latin American Film and Literature 2

Semester 2

  • Digital Humanities Research Project
  • History
    • European Imperialism, 1870-1970
    • Tolerance and intolerance in Reformation Europe
    • The European City
  • Archaeology
    • Archaeology of the recent past
    • Heritage Management and Entrepreneurship
  • English Literature & Culture
    • Writing Gender: poetry, fiction and women
    • Theories of Reading, Reception and Audience
    • Contemporary Irish Drama
  • Politics & Society
    • Ireland: Citizenship and ethnic diversity.
    • New Social Movements and E-Activism.
    • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • French
    • French for Arts 6
    • Contemporary French and French World Literature and Cinema
  • Spanish
    • Spanish for Arts 6
    • Spanish and Latin American History and Politics

 

* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only. The provision of electives each year is subject to numbers enrolling on each elective and available resources.

The course is taught via a mix of traditional classroom lectures, tutorials, and lab-based classes.

Graduates of this course are highly employable and widely sought after in careers as diverse as teaching at primary and secondary level, adult education, arts and heritage administration, journalism, librarianship, archivist, research, politics. as well as business and industry. Students have excellent literacy and communication skill, advanced skills in Information and Communication Technologies, as well as skills in critical information management, which makes them highly employable. 

Graduates of this course have been accredited with the Teaching Council for entry to post-primary teaching in History, English, Civil Social & Political Education (CSPE) on completion of the Postgraduate Master in Professional Education which now replaces the old H.Dip.Ed. The high level of digital media skills held by our graduates are proving highly desirable in the teaching field, particularly in with the rise of the Digital Technology“ classroom concept. This is becoming more important with recent developments in the second level environment because Digital Literacy has been introduced to Junior Certificate Cycle. 

Graduates with a good 2.2 or higher degree will also be able to pursue further postgraduate degrees in their chosen arts subject; e.g. an MA in History, or in English, Archaeology, Political Science, French or Spanish in any university or college. Past graduates of Humanities at DkIT have studied at UCD, DCU, TCD, UCC, NUI, Galway, Maynooth University, Queen“s University Belfast and Goldsmiths College, London. 

If your interest is in the specific area of Digital Humanities, an MA or PhD in Digital Humanities at NUI Maynooth. DkIT offers MA and PhD studies in the Arts under the DkIT-DCU Graduate School. 

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades
→ AND English Grade O2 or H5
→ AND Minimum Points Score of 300.


Additional Requirements:

Students wishing to pursue studies in French must have a H5 in Leaving Certificate French.


Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:

→ English at:

    • GCSE (Grade A)
    • OR AS Level: Grade C
    • OR A Level Grade D

→ Two subjects at either:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

→ The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ And a minimum score of 300 points

There is no placement, as part of this course. However, past students have undertaken voluntary placements on archaeological digs and also in local archives and libraries. 

Students with an interest in the areas of arts, culture, history, heritage, politics and languages should apply for this course.

Dr. Annaleigh Margey (Programme Director)
Phone: +353-0429370200 ext 2012
Email: Annaleigh.Margey@dkit.ie

Dr Martin Maguire (Programme Lecturer)
Phone: 042 9370200 Ext 2934
Email: e martin.maguire@dkit.ie

Course ID DK861
Level 8
Duration 3 Years
Points 320
Places 40
School School of Business & Humanities
Department Humanities
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK861.

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Northern Ireland & UK

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