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BA (Hons) in Arts

Study what you love whilst developing your critical thinking.
228 Points

CAO Code


Start Date

September 2024

Course Capacity



3 Years

Work Placement


NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Arts & Humanities, Teaching & Learning

Course Type


Study Mode



On Campus

Course Overview

This course offers a multifaceted exploration of the human experience through various Arts disciplines. It provides students with a rich foundation in subjects such as history, archaeology, politics, literature and drama while fostering critical thinking, creativity, and cultural appreciation. Through the study of historical contexts, cultural and social theories, and practical skills, students develop a deep understanding of humanity. It cultivates analytical and communication skills, enabling graduates to articulate complex ideas, interpret diverse perspectives, and contribute to the ever-evolving social and cultural landscape.

An academic Arts degree not only nurtures individual growth but also prepares students for a wide range of careers in fields such as education, media, politics, arts administration, and creative industries. A pathway to secondary-school teaching, this course offers a traditional arts education in History, English, Archaeology, Politics and Society, alongside three-years of digital humanities training.

What makes this course different


Highly Recommended by Graduates

This course has a high satisfaction rating with 93% of graduates very likely or likely to do the same course if choosing again (DkIT/HEA Graduate Survey)


Pathway to Teaching

Students who successfully complete the course can progress to gain accreditation for teaching in the areas of History, English and CSPE by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Understanding the Industry

Our curiosity about language, histories and global cultures drives our insight and learning. People broaden their horizons by exploring the ways in which the humanities and social sciences help us to think imaginatively and critically about the worlds we live in. It is important to note that an academic Arts degree provides a broad skill set that can be applied in diverse industries. Graduates often possess transferable skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and adaptability, making them valuable assets in many professional settings.

Career Opportunities

Future Careers:

  • Primary and Secondary Teaching
  • Adult Education
  • Arts and Heritage Administration
  • Journalism
  • Librarianship
  • Archivist

In these areas:

  • Research
  • Politics
  • Education

Course Delivery and Modules

  • Year 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
    • Introduction to Multimedia for Humanities

    Choose TWO Arts Subject areas from:

    • 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
  • Year 2

    • Web Applications for Humanities
    • Advanced Multimedia for Humanities


    • Ireland, 1540-1800: Land and Religion
    • The Rise of the USA: Civil War to Cold War
    • History of the Revolutionary Tradition
    • Early Modern Europe, 1450-1700
    • Ireland 1912-1932: Revolution and Counter-Revolution
    • History of Cartography


    • The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland
    • Prehistoric Europe: Ice Age to Bronze Age
    • Celtic Ireland and Europe
    • The Archaeology of Britain


    • Literature & Culture
    • American Literature
    • Studies in Romanticism
    • American Drama
    • Literature & Culture: Fiction to Film
    • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

    Politics & Society:

    • Gendered Governance & Society
    • Borders, Borderlands and Contested States
    • Globalisation and Political Economy
    • Genocide, Social Darwinism & Racial Science
    • Community Development and Active Citizenship
    • Politics in Action
  • Year 3

    • Digital Humanities:
    • Research Methodology
    • Digital Humanities Research Project


    • The Rise of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800
    • Medieval Ireland
    • Great Britain since 1945
    • European Imperialism, 1870-1970
    • Tolerance and Intolerance in Reformation Europe
    • The European City


    • Archaeological Theory
    • The Archaeology of Death and Burial
    • Archaeology of the Recent Past
    • Heritage Management and Entrepreneurship


    • Literature & Culture
    • Literary and Culture Theory
    • Writing Race
    • Irish Drama, 1890-1900
    • Writing Gender: Poetry, Fiction, and Women
    • Theories of Reading, Reception and Audience
    • Contemporary Irish Drama

    Politics & Society:

    • Identities, Communities and Social Boundaries
    • Media, Power, and Politics
    • The Northern Ireland Peace Process
    • Ireland: Citizenship and Ethnic Diversity
    • New Social Movements and E-Activism
    • Moral and Political Philosophy

Education Progression

Students who complete the course can progress to gain accreditation for teaching in History, English and CSPE by the Teaching Council of Ireland on completion of the Postgraduate Master in Professional Education.

Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Entry Requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements below, English Grade 02 or H5 is also required. Applicants from NI/UK require a GCSE English Grade A or AS Level Grade C or A Level Grade D. There is no Mathematics entry requirement for this course.

Recent CAO Points

2023 CAO Round 1 Points


How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK861
Apply on CAO

Advanced Entry & Transfer Applications

Advanced Entry is for applicants who have previous educational achievements and/or work experience and want to be considered for direct entry into year  2, 3, or 4 of a course. This includes students looking to transfer to DkIT from another Higher Education provider.

Closing Date: 6th June
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International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the BA (Hons) in Arts please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Eileen Murphy-Jallali

Programme Director


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).