Art History Courses in London

Interested in art history? Then why not browse our extensive range of art history courses, to explore debates and discover the work of some of the greatest artists of all time. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available at our main learning centre in London's cultural heart - Covent Garden – and also take place in many of London’s galleries and museums, as well as online.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Contemporary art in London summer exhibitions

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and discuss practices and themes within contemporary art, in relation London's newest and most exciting summer art exhibitions. This course runs entirely online, but will make reference to exhibitions taking place across the capital which you have the option to visit independently between classes should you wish.

    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

  2. Art history taster

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (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

  3. Focus on: Bosch

    Focus on: Bosch

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Can knowledge of the society in which Hieronymus Bosch lived and worked help us understand his bizarre paintings? Was he suffering from mental illness or merely using visual metaphors we can no longer understand?

    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

  4. Ways into Islamic art

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An introductory course providing an overview of the development of the visual language of Islamic cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe.

    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

  5. Caravaggio and his world

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the life and world of Caravaggio in the context of Counter-Reformation and baroque aesthetics; contemporaries and rivals like Giovanni Baglione, the Carracci, Orazio Gentileschi; and followers like Artemisia Gentileschi and the Dutch Caravaggisti.

    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

  6. Costume and fashion in art

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    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

  7. Women in art 1400-1800

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.

    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

  8. Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. The 'isms' of 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Modern and Post-Modern art has systematically broken with long-established traditions of representation and content through a series of 'isms'. From Fauvism to Installation this course takes you through the 'isms' of the twentieth century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. The 'isms' of 19th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    To understand the birth of modern art, we need to look to the long-established rules of representation and content that it challenged. From Neo-Classicism to Aestheticism this course takes you through the traditional to the avant-garde 'isms' of the nineteenth century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £249.00

  11. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Look at works of art in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?

    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. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci

    The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Niki de Saint Phalle,"Nanas"in the Leibnizufer, Hanover, Germany - part of Hanover's sculpture walk - Wikimedia Commons

    Women in modern and contemporary art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Islamic art in the medieval world

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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