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. Modern political philosophy: ideas and ideologies in the 21st century

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the key philosophical ideas behind the issues and debates of today? This is an opportunity to explore in more depth the concepts and ideologies that are shaping the politics of the 21st century.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. Poetry cooked and raw: from Emily Dickinson to the Beat poets

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how poets moved during the 20th century from formal language and regular form towards more natural language, freer forms and more direct expression of feeling, including the Beat Poets, confessionalism and prose poetry.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. American gothic: the darker side of fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss the work of great 19th and 20thC writers such as Hawthorne. Melville, Poe, Emily Dickinson and Flannery O’Connor – and learn about the dark streak that runs through so much of the best American literature.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Meeting Proust on 'Swann's Way'

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Proust's inner world exploration in a close reading of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. A deferred kiss, a dipped madeleine and a whole world unfolds.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Body image in cinema

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore diverse representations of the body in cinema, ranging from the site of adolescent trauma (My Skinny Sister), object of unhealthy desire (Antiviral) and symbol of uncanny danger (Teeth).
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

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    Masterclass: poetry review

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There are only ten places on this masterclass and the deadline for submitting an application is the 27th of December 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by 28th of December 2018. More details on how to apply, below.



    This poetry masterclass combines a mix of in-class instruction and home-study and is devised to guide advanced poetry students in further developing their poems and collections. The course culminates with an invitation for enrolled students to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The event takes place in the final week of term 2 on Wednesday 27th of March 2019.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  7. Women's lives and literature of the 1960s

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What was life really like for women in ‘the swinging sixties’? Explore the myths and realities of that decade via writers such as Lynne Reid-Banks, Edna O’Brien, Nell Dunn and Angela Carter.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  8. Reason in the computation age

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How has the invention of the modern programmable computer altered our understanding of reason? This advanced course looks at the history of attempts to mechanise thought culminating with contemporary artificial intelligence, machine learning and information science.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  13. Visiting London theatre today

    Visiting London theatre today

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. Explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at Build. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on 22/1, 5/2, 26/2, 12/3, and 26/3. No class 19/2.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £213.00

  14. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 10 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

  15. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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