Art History Courses in London

Our art history programme includes western art, Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East.

There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Friday lates: designs of India at the V&A

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 22 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the treasures of the V&A Nehru Gallery and its painting and the decorative arts from India between the 16th and 19th centuries.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Art icons: Duchamp and Dada

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Dada movement, focusing on Duchamp as its key example, considering such issues as social and political context, theoretical interests, material experimentation, and artistic influences.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Focus on: the art of the poster - print, pop and propaganda

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the colourful and eye-catching art of the poster, from the elegance of La Belle Époque Paris to the revolutionary drama of Avant-Garde Leningrad; from the protesters of Atelier Populaire to glamour of Pop Art.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Indian court fashion from the 16th to the 19th century

    Course Date: Wed 27 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take a closer look at the beautiful clothes and ornament of the imperial and regional courts of India from the 16th to the 19th century, exploring how styles developed, and how such things were made.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Friday lates: Carolee Schnemann - meat, messiness and taboo

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work by a pioneer of body and performance art and an experimental filmmaker Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019), exploring the topics of body, sexuality and gender.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  6. Art icons: Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Abstract Expressionist movement, focusing on Pollock as its key example, considering such issues as biography, social and political context, artistic influences, and stylistic progress.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Think like an artist: in 18th century Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 18th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Friday lates: Anselm Kiefer and the ruins of Nazi Germany

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the paintings of one of Germany’s most provocative, controversial – and wealthiest – post-war artists and find out how he tried to force the German people to confront the poisoned legacy of Nazism.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. Art icons: Andy Warhol and Pop Art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Pop Art movement, focusing on Warhol as its key example, considering such issues as biography, style and material experimentation, artistic influences, and social and political context.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Focus on: the Body in 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to the present. We study the works within their respective political and social contexts.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at works 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?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Looking at contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works by established artists in London galleries in this introduction to contemporary art. Work through different ways to discuss and critique contemporary art in its new and traditional formats.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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