Art History Courses Online

Explore our exceptional range of Art History courses, from Medieval and Renaissance through to Modern, Contemporary and World Art. We offer introductory and in-depth courses, to suit all levels of interest and experience.

You can now study online from the comfort of home, and our small classes allow you to participate in group discussions with fellow adult students, sharing your passion for art as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information, please see our guide to online learning.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators. Many also teach in Higher Education and in London’s major galleries. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for art through illustrated presentations, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities. Many of our students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Art History community; others are inspired to progress onto university study of Art History.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place online now.

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  1. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Looking at how the vision of the Ottoman Sultans was crafted from diverse sources during a period of maximum growth, this course will focus on the architecture, arts and crafts of the early Ottoman Empire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. The Renaissance at home - decorative art in the Italian Renaissance interior

    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Step into the fashionable Italian Renaissance home to explore how houses were lived in and furnished and to learn about the many decorated objects made for domestic use during the Renaissance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Focus on: Hogarth

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the life and work of William Hogarth. Best known for his print engravings and his bawdy depictions of 18th century London, we explore these and other aspects of his work and the society that inspired it.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. The arts of the book in the Islamic world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study book design and production in the Islamic world. The art of the book is one of the cornerstones of Islamic visual culture, with the role of the Qur’an driving the development of the arts in general.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Focus on: the body in 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to the present in this weekend art history course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Focus on: Holbein

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From Augsburg and Basel to London Holbein’s prints, drawings and paintings unflinching realism influenced the artists of his generation and beyond. We look at his life, his varied career and legacy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Art history taster

    New
    Course Date: Wed 31 Mar 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Symbols and stories: saints in art

    Symbols and stories: saints in art

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Saints are represented in masterpieces of Christian art from 1200 to the present – learn how to recognise them, decode their meanings and iconography and enhance your understanding of this aspect of art history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Ten modern & contemporary artists you should know

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Look in depth at 3-4 artists a week across a series of themes from alienation to post-conceptualism. What links can be made between artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and where is art heading?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Costume and fashion in art

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. The Wallace Collection - Front State Room - via Wikimedia Commons. Author: M.chohan

    Introduction to the Wallace Collection

    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. London's hidden art and architecture

    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of virtual visits to art galleries and historic sites.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  15. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI

    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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