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.
- Homes, houses and art in Europe: 1900-1960Course start date: Tue 30 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberKnock 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. This is the second part of a series on Homes and Houses; it can also be taken without having done the previous course.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- An introduction to the history of architectureCourse start date: Thu 2 May 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Elizabeth EyresArchitecture 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.
- Looking at design: Arts and Crafts to Art DecoCourse start date: Sat 4 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rachel SandersStudy 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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
- 20th century design: modern and post-modernCourse start date: Sat 8 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rachel SandersStudy the dominant design aesthetics of the twentieth century – its development, successes and fall from popularity. Movements will include Constructivism, the Bauhaus, Pop and Punk. Design practices will include graphics, architecture and furniture. #arthistory #weekendcourse #design #modernism #bauhaus.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
- Focus on: fashion in 16th century artCourse start date: Mon 10 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julie BarlowDo 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
- Homes, houses and art in Britain 1900-1960Course start date: Wed 21 Feb 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Emma Rose BarberKnock 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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £149.00
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