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. Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.

    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

  2. The 'isms' of 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Modern and Post-Modern art has systematically broken with long-established traditions of representation and content through a series of 'isms'. From Fauvism to Installation this course takes you through the 'isms' of the twentieth century.

    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. The 'isms' of 19th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    To understand the birth of modern art, we need to look to the long-established rules of representation and content that it challenged. From Neo-Classicism to Aestheticism this course takes you through the traditional to the avant-garde 'isms' of the nineteenth century.

    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: £249.00

  4. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci

    The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.

    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, 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

  6. Women in art 1400-1800

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.

    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

  7. Introduction to art history

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you always been interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made, read and exhibited.

    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. Niki de Saint Phalle,"Nanas"in the Leibnizufer, Hanover, Germany - part of Hanover's sculpture walk - Wikimedia Commons

    Women in modern and contemporary art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.

    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Islamic art in the medieval world

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.

    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

  10. Landscape in art

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    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

  11. The Wallace Collection - Front State Room - via Wikimedia Commons. Author: M.chohan

    Introduction to the Wallace Collection

    Course Date: Fri 2 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour.

    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

  12. Focus on: Michelangelo

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Artist, architect, and poet, the Florentine sculptor Michelangelo changed the face of Rome in the early 16th century becoming art’s first ‘superstar’. We look at his patrons, his sources and some of his major works.

    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

  13. Focus on: Giotto

    Focus on: Giotto

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the life and work of Giotto, was one of the earliest artists to be written about within his lifetime, his genius held up as the ideal by Italian painting critics for the next five centuries.

    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

  14. Looking at paintings

    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Look at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western 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

  15. Art and identity: from the High Renaissance to the Reformation

    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the legendary art and artists of the High Renaissance in Italy and the Netherlands from c. 1490-1540. Consider the role that ‘self-fashioning’ plays in their fame and notoriety through close reading engagement of a combination of images and texts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

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