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

Delve into the history of architecture and design with City Lit. From fashion to Medieval churches, from ceramics to jewellery, we explore the social and cultural lives of objects designed and dwelled in. Join us online, in the classroom, in galleries or in actual architecture 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.

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  1. London architecture: Renaissance, Baroque and Palladian
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    From the beginnings of Renaissance architecture in Britain, through the Baroque to Palladianism - study key architects including Jones, Wren, Hawksmoor, and Burlington, looking at religious and secular buildings. Includes site visits.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  2. London architecture: Victorian era
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Eclecticism defines 19th-century architecture. This course will look at key styles including neo-classical, gothic revival, early modernism and those rooted in design reforms, such as the arts and crafts movement.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Textiles: an international history
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    As well as expressing power, prestige and fulfilling symbolic functions, textiles have been intimately linked to the everyday lives of members all societies for millennia. On this course you will study the development of woven, printed and embroidered textiles of many kinds from around the globe and explore the significant roles they have played in the world’s material culture.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  4. European architecture in the Middle Ages 800-1500
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    Explore the development of architecture in Europe from the Carolingian period to the end of the middle ages and study the major monuments – cathedrals, parish churches and castles of the age.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  5. London's hidden art and architecture
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of virtual visits to art galleries and historic sites.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  6. Love and marriage in Renaissance art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lydia Goodson
    Explore the rich legacy of objects and paintings made to commemorate and to celebrate love, marriage, and the family in Renaissance Italy.



    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 £45.00
  7. Looking at architecture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Study significant examples of Western architecture from the ancient to post-modern era, including works by contributors such as Wren, Pugin, Gaudi and Le Corbusier, considering style, materials and techniques, function, as well as social, political and cultural contexts that shaped the buildings.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  8. London churches
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  9. Friday lates: the art of the frame
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Every picture tells a story, but what about the frame around it? Find out how picture frames can tell us more about the artworks they surround.



    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. London's hidden art and architecture, part II
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of walks and visits to art galleries and historic sites.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Homes, houses and art in Britain 1900-1960
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Knock on the door of artists’ houses and studios from 1900-1960 to experience exciting and visually dazzling spaces created over the course of their careers. At a time when artists were beginning to forge their own brave new visual worlds, this course considers what the homes might tell us about the artists and how they wanted their homes to be seen.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  12. Focus on: fashion in 16th century art
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Do you know your codpiece from your farthingale? Why did the ruff become so fashionable? How do we identify figures in narrative and religious art? This short course explores the fascinating world of costume in 16th century European painting. Explore the socio-political context behind portraiture, how fashion was employed to convey status, and the impact of developments in textiles and trade.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  13. Looking at design: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Study the design reform movements – Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and analyse a wide range of products, including fashion and textiles, graphics, furniture and architecture within their social, historic and artistic context. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  14. An introduction to the history of architecture
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Architecture is the one art form that we cannot avoid even if we try. It shapes our environment and the way we live our lives, so understanding why buildings look the way they do is a vital part of understanding the world around us. This introductory course will enable you to do just that by examining the development of architectural styles from Ancient Greece to the present day.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  15. Focus on: 19th-century fashion
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore the relationship between nineteenth-century society, from the Napoleonic era to the suffrage movement, and men’s and women’s fashions which witnessed constant change, restrictions, extremes and the start of the dress reform movement.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

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