Architecture, Design & Material Culture
Art History Courses Online & In London

Would you like to get to grips with the Italian Renaissance, explore the energy of 17th century London or the ‘serenity’ of 18th century Venice? Our courses on the early modern world cover the art, culture, political happenings and artist biographies of the 15th-18th centuries. Join us online, in the classroom, in the gallery or out and about in London. 

Online, classroom-based and gallery-based art history courses

Many of our courses are also offered online, giving you the freedom to study from anywhere you need to be. We also offer our classes in-person at our Central London location and at many galleries and museums in and around London. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred delivery method. See our guide to online learning for more information about our live online courses.

Learn from expert tutors

At City Lit we are proud of the expertise of our tutors who are all professional art historians working actively in museums, galleries, research and writing, universities and auction houses. As experts in the field, they are able to provide you with the support and guidance you need to develop your art historical knowledge. As teachers they provide student-focused education, helping students achieve their art historical goals, both the personal and the professional.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Focus on: the art of Siena
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    The golden panels of the Sienese masters are immediately identifiable but why was their work so different? Today we explore the art of Siena, its world, its symbolism and how it was made.



    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
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  2. The art and culture of 17th century London, part I
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Art and revolution: in the long 18th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    From the absolute monarch to the beheaded king, discover how artists contributed to the cultural revolutions of the ‘long 18th century’ (1630s-1800). We explore how shifts in artistic style and subject matter reflected dramatic social change. Through reading the philosophy of the age we uncover how this era’s complex notions of beauty and justice still impact art and society today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  4. Focus on: Indian court fashion from the 16th to 18th century
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  5. Art in 15th-century Siena
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Explore the art, society and geography of 15th century Siena, the picturesque Tuscan republic. Expand your knowledge of the Italian Renaissance beyond the borders of Florence by studying one of its worthy artistic, political and intellectual rivals.



    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
  6. The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  7. The art and culture of 17th century London, part II
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Weird and wondrous: the strange art of Bosch, Brueghel and the Surrealists
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel the elder – two northern Renaissance artists and a larger group of 20th-century artists known as the Surrealists who share many similarities with the strange and curious subjects that they conjured up to ignite discussion and even outrage.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  9. Art of the Northern Renaissance
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Discover the exquisite art of the Northern Renaissance through the work of its most innovative artists, including Albrecht Dürer, Rogier van der Weyden, Jan van Eyck, Grünewald, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.



    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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  10. Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    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
  11. The Renaissance in Umbria
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lydia Goodson
    Explore the Italian Renaissance from Umbria, the land of Raphael and Perugino. Expand your knowledge beyond Florence, Rome and Venice to discover the artistic treasures of this little-studied region of Italy.



    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
  12. Focus on: the artist workshops of early Mughal and Rajput India
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Looking at the formation of the Mughal school of painting in India under the patronage of early rulers of the dynasty focusing on key artists in the royal ateliers.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  13. The mirror of nature: art and culture in the 17th century
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    The 17th century produced some of the greatest artists of all time: Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Bernini to name but a few. Explore the work of these key artists and understand the history, styles and ideas that shaped the century.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.



    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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  15. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    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

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