Art History Courses in London

Our art history programme includes western art, Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East.

There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Women in art 1800-1900

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    During the 19th century female painters and sculptors gained greater prominence, although a career in art was still challenging for women artists. In this course we examine their work and how such progress was achieved. #arthistory #womeninart #impressionism #preraphaelites.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Focus on: Irish art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ireland has a rich history of visual art, from the Book of Kells and the grandeur of its Georgian architecture to modern and contemporary artists such as Jack Yeats and Francis Bacon. #irishart #arthistory #weekend #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Pioneering women at the National Portrait Gallery  

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Meet some of history's most inspiring women, not only well-known pioneers but also women over the past five hundred years whose stories have been forgotten. Discover and celebrate their achievements. #arthistory #npg.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Summer lates: Wellcome Collection

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From ancient Roman sculpture to a portrait by Vincent van Gogh explore the connections of art, medicine and what it means to be human in the galleries of Wellcome Collection. #arthistory #summerschool #wellcomecollection #thursdaylates.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  5. Art and literature

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Themes from Shakespeare, Dante, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and fairytales have inspired some of the greatest artworks and artists from Titian, Rodin, Millais and Picasso to contemporary artists like Paula Rego. Includes gallery visit. #arthistory #shortcourse #art #literature.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Medieval to Renaissance - at the V&A

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Find out how luxury and religious objects from the middle ages and Renaissance reflect the culture and values of the societies that made them. #arthistory #vanda #renaissance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Decoding dress: National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery  

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the meanings that cloth and clothing can convey through close consideration of famous paintings (and sitters). Artists from Duccio to Degas have used dress to tell stories, convey character, and help us to tell citizens from kings. #citylit #summerschool #nationalgallery #npg #portraits #costumehistory #historyofdress.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Collectors and curiosities - at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From cabinets of curiosities to the modern museum, we'll explore what drives the great collectors of the past and today. #arthistory #vanda #historyofcollecting.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Art walks: stained glass in the city

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover stained glass in historic churches in walks and talks based on London's rich architectural heritage. Tutor: Alexandra Epps. #arthistory #stainedglass #citywalk #london #walkingtour.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Making illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical and theoretical course tracing the development of layout and decoration in sacred and secular illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world. You will get to practice some of what you have learnt! #arthistory #shortcourse #islamicart #illuminatedmanuscripts.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Friday lates: Romans at the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Check out silverware, glass and jewellery from Roman Britain at the British Museum and see how Roman designs and motifs were used and copied in medieval art. #arthistory #summerschool #romanbritain #britishmuseum #fridaylates.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  12. An introduction to contemporary art concepts

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation. Includes gallery visit. #shortcourse #contemporaryart # bodyart #conceptual art.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Demystifying art at Tate Modern

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Get an overview of Tate Modern with this straightforward and lively insight into the gallery’s current displays and the role of the gallery in the contemporary art world. #arthistory #summerschool #tatemodern.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Think like an artist: in early Mughal India

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at the formation of the Mughal school of painting in India under the patronage of early rulers of the dynasty focusing on key artists in the royal ateliers. #summerschool #arthistory #mughalart #illuminatedmanuscripts.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Decoding dress: clothing and culture at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the V&A’s rich collection of garments, artworks and objects, and forge connections between them. Learn what such clothing felt like to wear, and how difficult it is to display, through discussion drawn from contemporary accounts, diaries and letters. #arthistory #onedaycourse #costume #fashion.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

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