Art History Courses Online

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: the art of zines

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Underground passions and radical imagery have defined so-called fanzines for over 80 years. From the earliest examples to today, we explore their content, technique and the relation of DIY culture to wider artistic practices.

    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. Extended history of modern art in 50 works

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art.

    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. Landscape in art

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Can a depiction of a landscape ever simply be JUST a landscape? Or is it a view onto a wider world, is there a context or, in the words of David Hockney, a “bigger picture?”.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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

  5. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.

    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

  6. German art from the 1960s

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore German art from the 1960s to present, from movements such as Conceptualism, Fluxus, Capitalist Realism and Neo-Expressionism to the most recent multi-media 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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. An introduction to the history of architecture

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to recognise and differentiate between the major architectural styles and gain a greater understanding of the way that buildings are built, and why they look the way they do.

    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

  8. Art and anxiety: from the Enlightenment to the Victorian age

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study the art of Romanticism from c.1750¿1880 and the Pre-Raphaelites looking at images of romantic landscapes, the modern moral subject and the depiction of women. Explore the art of women artists who struggled to survive as artists in the tightly controlled world of the art academy where the woman was encouraged to be muse and model rather than creator and thinker.

    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

  9. Friday lates: female Surrealists in London

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From the occult to the abstract, explore the art London-based, female surrealists and their unique contributions to one of the most influential art movements 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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Feminism in modern and contemporary art

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover important modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We will discuss the political and social contexts in which the artworks were created.

    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

  11. Romanesque and Gothic sculpture: beyond the antique

    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the transformations of style and function of three-dimensional images, in many media, between c.1000 and .c1450, including those made for tombs, portals and devotional practice.

    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. Weird and wondrous: the strange art of Bosch, Brueghel and the Surrealists

    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 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

  13. In depth: late Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the incredible progress of High and Late Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy and Western Europe. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art

    New
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

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

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021
    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 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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

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