BA (Hons) in Arts


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC)
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4 years (2 evenings per week)
Title of Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Award Type:  Major 
Award Level:
Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
The BA (Hons) in Arts degree offers an attractive opportunity to pursue a widely varied and yet closely integrated programme of study across a range of historically important and contemporary academic disciplines. Within a progressively specialised course structure, the programme first introduces students to the basic concerns and methodologies of a number of key humanities subject areas, and then allows them to pursue more specialised studies in those subjects they find most interesting and intellectually satisfying. As well as being an excellent preparation for the workplace, the BA (Hons) in Arts degree provides one of the most engaging and interesting educational experiences, allowing the student to range over a wide variety of approaches to the key concern of humanistic studies: human action and expression, and competing approaches to their meanings.

Key Features of this Programme: 

  • To promote an understanding of humanistic diversity in a multiplicity of liberal arts contexts
  • To encourage students to think critically within several contexts
  • To appreciate a thorough grounding in a range of central cultural, theoretical, methodological and philosophical concepts
  • To develop a critical understanding of the most prominent theories, research and principles and
  • Use these as a basis for further study.
  • Upon successful graduation, graduates may continue on to specialise in their chosen area at postgraduate level

Programme Content

Level 1 


 Common Foundation Year A:

  • Practical Criticism/Drama in Contexts
  • War & Peace in the 20th century
  • Cinema History
  • Introduction to Media, Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Psychology/Introduction to Psychoanalysis and the Unconcious
  • Arts Learning Lab

 Common Foundation Year B:

  • Practical Criticism/Drama in Contexts
  • War & Peace in the 20th century
  • Cinema History
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Introduction to Economics/Introduction to Politics
  • Arts Learning Lab

 Level 2 


Film Studies

  • New Waves in European and World Cinema
  • Film Styles, Stardom and Performance
Literature & Drama
  • Drama from Shakespeare to Chekhov
  • The Rise of the Novel/Poetry: Romanticism to Modernism
Social Studies
  • Exploring Social Thought
  • Exploring Political Issues/Exploring Economic Issues
  • From Enlightenment to Revolution: America, France & Ireland  1798-1922
  • The Making of Modern Ireland 1798-1922/The Making of Modern Ireland1922-2000
Politics and Economics
  • History of Economic Theories/Political Economy
  • Political Systems
Media and Cultural Studies
  • Exploring the Body
  • Media & the Modern World
Psychology and Psychoanalysis
  • Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Psychology II
  • Psychoanalysis as a Clinical Practice
  • At Level 2 all students also take an inter-disciplinary module: The Arts Today: Tradition and Modernity.

 Level 3 

 Film Studies

  • Cinema and Nation
  • Contemporary American Cinema/Contemporary World Cinema
Literature & Drama
  • Contemporary Drama/Twentieth Century Irish Literature
  • Contemporary Fiction and Poetry/Critical and Cultural Theory
Social Studies
  • Conceptualising Work and Family
  • Globalisation and Identity
  • The Age of Extremes
  • Historical Perspectives on Globalisation/Northern Ireland 1900-2000
Politics and Economics
  • Economic and Political Change in Ireland
  • Contemporary Global Challenges
Media and Cultural Studies
  • Culture, Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Theory I/Social Theory II
Psychology and Psychoanalysis
  • Personality Theory, Intelligence and Individual Differences
  • Psychology of Health and Mental Illness

  • At Level 3 students also complete a Thesis/Project in the subject stream of their choice. 

Learner protection for this programme is provided in accordance with Section 43 of the Qualifications (Education and Training ) Act 1999.


Programme Structure

This programme can be completed in four years; attending classes on 2 nights per week from 6:15 to 9:30 pm. Advice on module selection will be available to all students prior to the commencement of the course.

The programme is divided into three levels, with students commencing the programme at level one and progressing through to level three. The programme is taken in its entirety. Students choose one of the two common foundation years (A or B), and then in level two specialise in two subject streams of their choice and these subject streams continue into level three.

Level 1 modules introduce the broad historical and theoretical foundations of five academic disciplines and develop core skills of reading, thinking and analysis. In addition, students also take the ‘ARTS Learning Lab’ a year -long module which introduces the academic conventions of higher education. The learning lab is a learner centered module which develops academic awareness, communication skills, research skills and encourages learner participation.

At Level 2 students select the two subject streams that will continue to form the basis of their study to the end of the degree. Each stream offers two modules that further develop the students’ interests and knowledge across a wide range of specialised historical and theoretical areas within the discipline, building on the knowledge and intellectual skills introduced at level 1. At level 2 students also take ‘The Arts Today: Tradition and Modernity’, an interdisciplinary module designed to link their learning across subject areas. In accord with the interdisciplinary ethos of the programme, this module encourages students to think across the boundaries of their subject areas through a focused exploration of ideas and issues common to the humanities in general.

Level 3 provides a further two modules from the two selected subject streams that will extend the student’s understanding of the theory, conceptual frameworks and contemporary practice of the disciplines to a high level. At Level 3 students also write a supervised thesis on an academic topic of their own choice. Each level thus incrementally builds the student’s skills across the span of the programme



Career Opportunities

The course will be of use to those interested in pursuing a career in any area of work that requires high order skills of written expression, oral presentation, and conceptual and critical analysis. It is good preparation for working in education, the arts, the media industries, library and information work, and business. Graduates from the programme are currently working in the film and theatre industries, teaching, lecturing, advertising, and a range of other areas. 
The course also has an excellent record of inspiring students to go on to further study, with progression onto masters programmes in one of the disciplines being one of the most popular choices with our graduates.

Dublin Business School has a dedicated Careers and Appointments Services department who work to develop the career prospects of the student body by teaching employment skills to be utilised following graduation and throughout a student’s professional life. The Careers office additionally publicises recruitment campaigns and current vacancies that may be of interest to students.
Additionally, internships and work experience opportunities are developed by our Employer Liaison Officer, with many DBS graduates continuing on to work within the company where they have completed their work placement. 

For further information please visit the DBS Careers and Appointments Services


You can view all part-time undergraduate arts degree courses fees or why not contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.
All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

Next Steps

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The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

Standard Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

Standard Applicants for the Evening Arts Degree programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Arts Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English or another language) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.  



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Now accepting applications for Autumn 2015

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2015. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email