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. Films and filmmakers in European cinema

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore films and filmmakers in European cinema from the 1920s to the present day and consider their contributions to its history and development while also thinking about a range of critical approaches to European cinema.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  3. Africa: the legacy of colonisation

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to colonialism, on this interactive lecture-based course, we will cover: the imposition of colonialism, focusing on the Scramble for Africa and the main legacies of colonialism, a modernizing force or brutal exploitation that had devastating consequences for African development?
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. The music of Revolutionary Russia

    The music of Revolutionary Russia

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The revolutions of 1917 marked the beginning of huge musical changes in Russia. Come and delve into this turbulent musical world. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on Friday, 31 May 2019.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. An introduction to European cinema

    An introduction to European cinema

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce you to key themes in, and ways of thinking about, European cinema, including national cinema, authorship, art cinema, popular cinema, new waves, critical responses to European cinema and European film history.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Village London

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at Build and eight walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, we will explore how the early Modernists used the vibrancy and decay of the city to expand their vision. Please read the text beforehand to get the most enjoyment out of the course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Creature features: classic monster movies from the golden age of horror and science fiction cinema

    Creature features: classic monster movies from the golden age of horror and science fiction cinema

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View and discuss classic creature features from the 1920s to the 1950s and explore their various presentations of the monster and the monstrous along with ways of thinking about the genre. It's alive!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will introduce you to some techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction or poetry. You will have the opportunity to improve your writing skills, analyse samples of life-writing and fiction and engage in exercises on developing your story sense. The challenges around using autobiographical material in fiction will be discussed.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sun 5 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course, led by Nick Field, Build literature tutor and former Keats House Poet in Residence, will give you the chance to read, explore and discuss some of Keats' most significant poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Poems include "The Odes" and "The Eve of St.Agnes".
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Surrealist cinema

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Approaching the oeuvre of surrealist filmmakers including Luis Bunuel, Jan Svankmajer, David Lynch, Guy Maddin, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Alain Resnais – a study of subversive cinema that unlocks the mind’s creative potential by overcoming unconscious repression.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. Drama in society: text to performance

    Course Date: Thu 9 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, discuss and view two 20th century plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts with two plays dealing with truth and lies: Ibsen's The Wild Duck and Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Ancient Greek drama: a reading group in translation

    Course Date: Thu 9 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes from the ancient Athenian stage, and how they still speak to us about the challenges we face today.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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