Art History Courses Online & in London

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. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism 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

  3. Art in South America

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of South America from the great indigenous empires through the impact of colonialism and the cultural revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    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

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

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 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

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

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 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

  6. Art history taster

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 4 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

  7. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of Surrealism, political art and abstract art.

    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. Costume and fashion in art

    New
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  9. Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.

    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

  10. Change must come: art, politics and society

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enjoy an exploration of art history, drawing on specific politically and socially significant periods, artists and works. We will conclude with an engagement with contemporary art and politics.

    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

  11. Women in art: 1900-1960

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this course we shall explore and examine the considerable, and significant, contributions of women painters and sculptors to the avant-garde art world during the first half of the 20th century.

    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. Anselm Kiefer- The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (Photo: Heinz Bunse)

    20th century German art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore 20th century German art, from movements such as Expressionism and Dadaism to artists like Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer, through a mixture of lectures and discussions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Art and empire: in the early modern era

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study the art of the Dutch Golden Age from 1600¿1750 looking at the luxurious, tactile paintings of domestic life and landscape of this gloriously rich period in art. Consider the role that commerce, travel and trade played in how these paintings were made and through critical analysis of texts, try and evaluate the validity of the term ‘Golden Age’.

    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

  14. Gods and heroes in classical art

    Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant artworks. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play?

    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

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021
    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

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