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. The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study book design and production in the Islamic world. The art of the book is one of the cornerstones of Islamic visual culture, with the role of the Qur’an driving the development of the arts in general. #islamicart #arthistory #weekendcourse #Kitabkhane #artsofthebook #ArabicCalligraphy #IslamicIllumination #MiniaturePainting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Friday Lates: Poster Art - Print, Pop and Propaganda

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop. #arthistory #fridaylates #posterart #print #propaganda.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  4. Early issue #2 of the British comics zine KA-POW

    Focus on: the art of the Fanzine

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 80 years the radical imagery and underground passions of fanzines have defined DIY culture. From their earliest examples to today, we explore content, technique and the relation of ‘zines to wider artistic practices. #arthistory #fanzine #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Russian art weekend

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fascinating world of Russian art from icon painting to Moscow’s contemporary art scene. Discover the influence of the west, the role of revolution, and the impact of current politics on artists. #arthistory #weekendcourse #russianart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Art history taster

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and explore a couple of paintings in depth.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  7. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Art and the politics of memory

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have artists since 1960 engaged with the recent history and memory of political conflict? What role have artists had in remembering a difficult or traumatic past? What are the connections between memory and national identity in their work? #arthistory #eveningcourse #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Examine and discuss art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit a commercial gallery or public institution and examine specific exhibitions or paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Worldly goods: art and power in the age of kings

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join our Friday Lates in London museums and galleries to explore the motivations of the great, the ruled and the rulers in this 10-session course. Max 16 places. #arthistory #fridaylates #britishmuseum #vanda #nationalgallery.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Looking at contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works by established artists in London galleries in this introduction to contemporary art. Work through different ways to discuss and critique contemporary art in its new and traditional formats.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at works in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. A history of American art

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study American art, including paintings, illustrations and cartoons from late-nineteenth century Realists and Impressionists to sixties Pop Art and Minimalism, analysing movements and styles, social and political context, materials and art theory. Tutor: Rachel Sanders. #weekendcourse #arthistory #americanart.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Introduction to the art of art history - part 1

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to Art History as an academic discipline. Students will study artworks from a variety of approaches, considering such aspects as formal analysis, material studies, and social, cultural and artistic contexts.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

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