History, culture & writing

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. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 10 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. History to hipsters

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  4. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Film taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the themes you can expect to encounter on Build film classes. This taster of forthcoming classes offers you the chance to decide which course to take while discussing the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. An introduction to literature: drama. Image: Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

    An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss plays including 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tenessee Williams, in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Japanese philosophy in a nutshell

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Japanese philosophy extends well beyond Zen, with several philosophical traditions including that of the modern Kyoto School. Developing distinct cultural, aesthetic and political concepts, Japanese philosophers offer a rich field of thought.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. Phenomenology: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  11. Writing sports news and features

    Writing sports news and features

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Whether you want to write about tennis, athletics or the Women's Premier League, this short introductory course offers guidance on crafting quality sports news and features for online, print and broadcast. The course includes expert guidance from an ex-BBC sports editor and numerous guest speakers currently working in sports journalism.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Introductory anthropology: language, culture, communication

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different ways in which humans communicate socially via culture. The course's thematic approach covers topics such as language, art, and social relations.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Contemporary cinema: the best films of the year

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the best films of the year! This course coincides with the wave of new films released for Bafta/Oscar awards season, offering a weekly what's on, discussion and screenings to provide you with a definitive list of films to watch and enjoy.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays: Antigone by Sophocles, Richard II by Shakespeare and Hedda Gabler by Ibsen in terms of themes, language, political, social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. How to get published

    How to get published

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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