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. Don Quixote for the 21st century: the first road novel

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key moments of Cervantes's book in order to understand why is it considered to be the first modern novel.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Cryptocurrencies: a new philosophy of money?

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From a philosophical/conceptual perspective, the ways in which cryptocurrencies affect the understanding of money and the potential (highly speculative!) economic, political and cultural consequences.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Modernist Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s. Passing some more recent examples, this walk will finish at the iconic Isokon flats in Belsize Park.

    Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park. Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. The good, the bad and the forgotten: biblical women in the visual arts

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    The course is an interdisciplinary investigation of how biblical women, ‘good’, ‘bad’ and forgotten have been interpreted in the visual arts. Includes a visit to the National Gallery.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Masters of cinema: John Ford vs Howard Hawks

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ford made many of Hollywood’s most memorable films. The Searchers is still riveting, tragic, complex. Hawks’s West is equally romantic, but as background for character studies of profound sadness. Ford communicated through richly cinematic images, Hawks through a film noir lens.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Travel writing: a taster

    Travel writing: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. A journey in the history and culture of Sicily

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will offer an insight view of the multifaceted history and multilayered culture of Sicily, the ancient island off the shore of Italy mainland.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The burn of autumn leaves, pumpkin lattes and the icy solitude of December. Whatever the darker months mean to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture nature's journey to the shortest day of the year.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. The birth of the modern American horror film: five key films

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores five key horror films that redefined American horror cinema in the late 1960s and 1970s, establishing new themes and styles for the genre, both then and for subsequent decades.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Love and desire in Shakespeare

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Shakespeare presents the delights and difficulties of love and desire in a range of plays, and in so doing consider the practical contemporary significance of his insights.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Understanding the US mid-term elections: the nuts and bolts

    Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be introducing students to the 'nuts and bolts' of American mid-term elections. How does it differ from a Presidential election cycle? What significance do these elections have at the federal and state-levels? Understanding how the system works will aid you in following the mid-term elections taking place on the 6th November across the US. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  12. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This engaging one-day course will introduce the key features of creative non-fiction. Explore narratives such as memoir and the non-fiction novel. You'll also get the chance to take part in practical writing exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Vampires: from Nosferatu (1922) to What we Do in the Shadows (2014)

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join us as we explore the development of the cinematic vampire from Nosferatu (1922) to What we do in the Shadows (2014). We will aim to understand the evolution and changes of such an iconic figure and its potent cinematic representation through time.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Indian nationalism and the British Raj

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will deliver an interactive-lecture on the British Raj, Colonial rule and the impact this had on Indian nationalism. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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