Art history

Our art history programme is growing. We have expanded our architecture provision and our focus beyond western art to include 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. Art history taster

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  2. The rise and fall of modernist design

    Course Date: Sat 13 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the dominant design aesthetic of the twentieth century – its development, successes and fall from popularity. Movements will include Constructivism, the Bauhaus, Pop and Punk. Design practices will include graphics, architecture and furniture. Includes a gallery visit. #arthistory #weekendcourse #design #modernism #bauhaus.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Introduction to the art of art history

    Course Date: Sat 13 Jan 2018
    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

  4. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant works in the British Museum and National Gallery. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play? This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Introduction to the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sessions focus on paintings, fashion, sculpture, photography, ceramics and books. #arthistory #V&A #decarts #decorativearts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018 (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

  8. Change must come: art, politics and society

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an exploration of art history, drawing on specific politically and socially significant periods, artists and works. We will conclude with an engagement with contemporary art and politics.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Women in modern and contemporary art

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is organised thematically covering the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Contemporary art concepts

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    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 a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Late at the British Museum, V&A and National Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Enjoy the evening ambience while you explore and discuss key art works and compare and contrast collections at some of our most famous London galleries: British Museum, V&A and National Gallery.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Focus on: Albrecht Dürer

    Course Date: Sun 21 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life, works, and legacy of one of the most innovative German artists of his time: Albrecht Dürer. See how he assimilated the art of Venice into his style and exploited the possibilities of print.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Foreigners in London: Renaissance to Baroque

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the importance of foreigners to the British art scene from the Tudor period to the Baroque. How did artists like Holbein, Dobson, van Somer and van Dyck influence the British School? #arthistory #britishart.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period. Can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Looking at paintings'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. The history and meaning of portraiture

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the changing face of the portrait in art history from the early Renaissance to the present. Look at how and why its meaning and function have changed over the years and why artists are still drawn to it despite photography.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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