History, culture & writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on [email protected]

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  1. An introduction to film

    An introduction to film

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your appreciation of cinema while viewing and discussing a range of films, including early silents, Hollywood, European and East Asian cinema. Explore genre, spectatorship, authorship, art cinema and more, gaining confidence in how to read a film.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. The Hollywood Story

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Hollywood story through silent era masterpieces, classics of the golden age and landmark films of the modern period, and consider the studios, genres, stars and directors that have shaped this story.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Philosophy and literature: romanticism to existentialism

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the crossover between philosophy and literature from the Romantic era to existentialism.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. St Petersburg and Russian music

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 26th October. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. Introduction to classical civilisation: ancient Greece

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the civilisation of classical Greece, from its origins to the 5th century BC. Explore epic wars, political intrigue, philosophical speculation, poetry and art. A visit to the British Museum is included.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  6. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A-level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students, there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Ancient Egypt: 'the storm clouds gather' - the later reign of Amenhotep III

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continuation of the course from last term, but can also be enjoyed as a "stand-alone". This period witnesses some of the finest artistic achievements in the history of the Nile Valley. Visit to the British Museum included.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to make your work evocative and powerful. Explore various resources for autobiography, from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £148.00

  11. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  14. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. Civilisations of the El Dorado: buildings and arts from tropical South America

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shrouded in mystery and legend, Amazonian and Central American cultures reveal surprising links to societies of the Andes that defy and challenge common perceptions about the rise of civilisation in the Americas.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

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