BA (Hons) in Arts


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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 One

At level one, there is 1 Common Foundation Year (CFY). All elements of the selected CFY are mandatory.

Year 1
Common Foundation Year A: Common Foundation Year B:
  • War & Peace in the Twentieth Century I
  • War & Peace in the Twentieth Century II
  • Film Studies Today
  • Introduction to Drama & Theatre
  • Introduction to Literature (Fiction & Poetry)
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Digital Photography
  • The Arts Learning Lab
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Film Studies Today
  • Introduction to Drama & Theatre
  • Introduction to Literature (Fiction & Poetry)
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Digital Photography
  • The Arts Learning Lab

Levels Two and Three

At the beginning of year 2, learners choose two of the following elective subject strands. All elements of the selected strands are mandatory once they are chosen, with the exception of year 3 Psychology which offers a series of internal options and requires learners to complete 4. Learners also take three mandatory common modules, three at level two and and one at level three.

Film Studies (E)
Level 7 New Waves in European and World Cinema 10 ECTS
Documentary and Non-Fiction Film and Television 10 ECTS

Level 8

Contemporary Cinemas 10 ECTS

Film Theory & Criticism 10 ECTS

History (E)
Level 7 From Enlightenment to Revolution : America, France & Ireland 1715-1800 10 ECTS
The Making of Modern Ireland I 5 ECTS
The Making of Modern Ireland II 5 ECTS

Level 8

The Age of Extremes: Fascism, communism & democracy 1919-45 10 ECTS

From History Student to Historian: Researching & Writing History 5 ECTS
Northern Ireland 5 ECTS

Literature & Drama (E)
Level 7 Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama 5 ECTS
Literature in Contexts I: The Eighteenth Century and Romanticism 5 ECTS
Literature in Contexts II: The Nineteenth Century and Modernism 5 ECTS
Modern Drama 5 ECTS

Level 8

Contemporary British and Irish Drama 5 ECTS

Twentieth Century Irish Literature 5 ECTS
Critical and Cultural Theory 5 ECTS
Contemporary Fiction & Poetry 5 ECTS

Sociology (E)
Level 7 Economic Sociology 5 ECTS
Critical Concepts in Sociology 10 ECTS
Exploring Political Issues in Ireland 5 ECTS
Level 8 Families, Intimacy and Personal Life 10 ECTS Globalisation and Culture 10 ECTS

Psychology (E)
Level 7 Social Psychology 5 ECTS
Personality and Psychoanalytic Subjectivity 10 ECTS
Development Across the Lifespan: Adolescence to Adulthood 5 ECTS
Any four of the following elective options:
Level 8 Hysteria 5 ECTS
Psychoanalysis & Language 5 ECTS
Sexuality I 5 ECTS
Sexuality II 5 ECTS
Level 8 Organisational Psychology 5 ECTS
Human Performance 5 ECTS
Health Psychology 5 ECTS Abnormal Psychology 5 ECTS

Common Modules (M)
Level 7 Issues in Contemporary Life and Culture 10 ECTS
Employability Skills 5 ECTS
Innvovation and Entrepreneurship for Arts Students 5 ECTS
Level 8 Arts Undergraduate Thesis 20 ECTS

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3
Employability in Action Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life
Year 2
Employability Skills
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Year 1
Learning to Learn Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Business is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, individual and group assignments and formal examinations. The majority of subjects are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.


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


The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Arts are €900 (1 x 10 credit module) / €450 (1 x 5 credit module) per annum.

To view all Part-Time Arts fees for 2016/2017 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

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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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place.
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.  



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. 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