Introduction to the V&A

Course Dates: 17/01/19 - 21/03/19
Time: 11:00 - 13:10
Location: OS - Off Site
Tutor: Julia Musgrave

Explore the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sessions focus on paintings, fashion, sculpture, photography, ceramics and books. #arthistory #V&A #decarts #decorativearts.

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  • Introduction to the V&A. Photo: Aqwis

Introduction to the V&A

  • Introduction to the V&A. Photo: Aqwis

What is the course about?

This is a gallery-based course which aims to explore the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sessions focus on paintings, fashion, sculptures, photography, ceramics and books.

What will we cover?

We will explore: artists’ processes and techniques; the historical context in which works were produced; and look at key works in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries; the British galleries; the Sculpture galleries and more.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate an understanding of key works in the V&A collection
- Identify the processes/techniques used by a range of artists
- Participate in discussions on works in the V & A with greater confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is wholly visit based. There will be introductions to the galleries by the tutor and/or gallery staff with the opportunity for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pairs/small group activities. There will be suggestions for background reading but this is not essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There will be travel costs to the gallery. You may find it useful to bring a notebook.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The art history courses VB140 Modern Art 1850-1900 or VB141 Modern Art 1900-50 or other gallery-based courses such as VB144 London’s smaller art collections.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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A very interesting and engaging course, carefully researched and thoughtfully presented. Unfortunately I had to miss a couple of sessions and I was very pleased to receive the session notes from the teacher by email. It raised my awareness and understanding not only of the purpose and history of the V&A but also gave a lively informed insight into the the different genres and movements in Arts and Crafts. Thank you
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Sorry, this course is now full

Course Code: VB219

Full Thu, day, 17 Jan - 21 Mar '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.