Postgraduate taught 

Ancient Cultures MSc

Celtic Art: An Interdisciplinary Approach CELTCIV5023

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This module offers an interdisciplinary approach to the visual culture of the Celtic-speaking peoples from the Iron Age, through the Early Medieval and Medieval periods, to the Celtic Revivals of 19th and 20th century. It seeks to integrate art historical and other approaches to material culture with an examination of contemporary texts relating to the social and cultural context of art and artists, in order to foster a critical understanding of the contribution of visual arts to our knowledge of the history, culture and society of the Celtic-speaking peoples.


10x1hr lectures; 6x1hr seminars, 4x1hr tutorials over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

Celtic Arts Honours course.


2 Essay (totalling 3,500 words) - 60%

Oral Presentation (15 minutes) - 30%

Seminar Contribution (engagement with discussion and in setting agenda for next seminar) - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Engage with the latest research and critical perspectives in the disciplines of Latin and vernacular literature; history; palaeography; art history; and archaeology, as these relate to the visual culture of the Celtic-speaking peoples

■ Examine critically the interface between these disciplines, and the scholarly approaches that have contributed to each of them, in investigating the visual cultures of the Celtic-speaking peoples

■ Develop capacity to discuss a topic in depth, with attention to current debates and critical issues, and to communicate complex issues both in writing and orally to a small group.

■ Specialize in a particular area of interest, whether chronological, geographical, or thematic.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ outline the social and cultural functions of Celtic art objects

■ evidence a critical understanding of their modes of production (technical and social)

■ describe and analyze iconography, ornament and other elements of style in detail

■ evaluate the innovative potential of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Celtic art

■ Indicate that they can discuss a topic in depth, with a attention to current debates and critical issues, and articulate this in a substantial piece of writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.