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. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design

    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how architects and designers in the interwar period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Friday lates: The painted lives of the Safavid Dynasty of Iran

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In time for the V&A Exhibition “Epic Iran” opening in October 2020, this session will explore narrative miniature painting made under royal patronage in 16th century Safavid Iran.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. Friday lates: art and alchemy: from the ancient to today

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  4. Focus on: Titian

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Titian dominated the art of Venice for a large part of the 16th century, but how did he did he also become one of the most successful artists across Europe, selling originals and studio copies to kings and princes across the continent?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Twenty-four modern & contemporary artists you should know

    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Look in depth at four 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Mouth of Hell from an Apocalypse manuscript (detail) c. 1320-1330, BL Add MS 17333, f. 43r

    To fear God: images of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Heaven and Hell, as dwelling places for the dead were common images in Christian medieval art. Purgatory was a possible destination for the soul before reaching either Hell or Heaven. Why were images to do with the afterlife so prevalent at this time? Come, face your eternal destinies and look at images such as the Last Judgement, skeletons, filthy flesh, worms, ghosts and Hell mouths.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Women in art 1800-1900

    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    During the 19th century female painters and sculptors gained greater prominence, although a career in art was still challenging for women artists. In this course we examine their work and how such progress was achieved.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Art and power: from the Counter-Reformation to the Baroque

    Course Date: Thu 12 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how artists documented and (many times) defined the political and religious revolutions of 17th century Europe. From Caravaggio to Velázquez, Rubens and Gentileschi we trace the artist’s cultural impact while also studying the development of artistic independence through readings on art theory and the art market.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  9. The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age

    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From the grandeur of Rubens to the soul-searching of Rembrandt, we explore the many masters of one of the most influential eras of artistic production, in a region of tremendous diversity and innovation.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Islamic art in medieval north and west Africa

    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread across north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Igor Vladimirovich Mukhin, Pussy Riot, photograph, 2012 - detail

    Russian Art: from the Revolution to Putin's Presidency

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Study the developments in Russian art from the 1917 Revolution to the present day in this weekend art history course. Running in partnership with Pushkin House.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. Friday lates: the East India Company and the passion for chintz

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the story of how Indian painted and printed cottons became an important trade commodity for the Western domestic market, and the far-reaching impact of their design and manufacture.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  14. Friday lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  15. Friday lates: psychogeography: the art of getting lost

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From pub crawls to punk rock, via comic books, action painting and Hegelian philosophy; hear the unlikely tale of the Situationists: international artist-revolutionaries who tried to change the world itself into a work of art.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

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