History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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. Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at Build. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Understanding the modern world

    Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Existentialism and the arts

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Existentialist themes of anxiety, anguish, dread, freedom, melancholy, loneliness, death and absurdity pervade the arts from the era of Romanticism onwards. What is the cultural significance and consequence of giving expression to such concerns?

    NB: no classes on 6th and 27th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  5. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  6. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey on this intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills as you work on your own project. New students with some writing experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  7. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00

  8. Greek literature: a survey course

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take the first steps in learning about Greek literature.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  11. Ramesses III: Egypt's last great Pharaoh

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ramesses III ruled Egypt around 1182-1151 BCE at the end of the New Kingdom. His reign was a complex mix of achievement and decline. He successfully repelled foreign attacks and built significant monuments, but his was a period of economic and social stress and he came to a grisly end. Visit to museum included.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. The symmetry of things

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Symmetry lies close to the heart of art, design, science and nature. This introductory level course embeds the abstract study of this subject in the arts and sciences, providing an accessible taste of modern mathematics.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  13. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1970s and 80s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. We will start with Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and then Sheri S. Tepper’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Gate to Women’s Country.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  14. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  15. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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