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Art History courses online and in London

Looking to build your confidence in discussing and interpreting art? Or are you interested in taking your established knowledge of art in new directions? Then come and join City Lit’s Art History learning community!

Our exceptional range of courses, both introductory and in-depth, are designed for all learning levels. Our programme approaches art history from a variety of perspectives including social and cultural context, art theory and philosophy, curation and collecting, general art appreciation and so much more.

Choosing the right class for you

Our courses are open to all. Our students come from all backgrounds and learning experiences, from the absolute beginner to those refining their knowledge and understanding. We aim to give you the confidence to engage meaningfully with art, whatever level you are working from. Our students use our courses for personal fulfilment as well as professional and educational development. Many of our students go on to advanced degree and certificate programmes and many are able to use their knowledge in art making and gallery work.

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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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.


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  1. A day at the V&A: an introduction to the collections
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Spend a fascinating day at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum exploring a range of galleries. We shall be looking at the decorative arts, paintings, sculpture and design from across the world and across the centuries in this remarkable museum.
    Full fee £49.00
  2. A history of art in 100 objects
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    What is art history? How can better a better understanding of the subject help us to better connect with art made by fellow humans? Explore these big questions of historical significance, socio-cultural impact and artistic process by studying a history of art in some of London’s greatest museums.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £389.00
  3. National Portrait Gallery
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Full fee £139.00
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  4. Islamic art at the British Museum
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Nov 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Take a Friday evening to explore the British Museum’s newly refurbished Islamic galleries and learn the stories behind one of the world’s great collections of Islamic art.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  5. Renaissance art: making, locating and viewing
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Nov 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    This course explores the Making, the Locating and the Viewing of Renaissance paintings in the collection of the National Gallery. This course takes place at the National Gallery.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  6. The Courtauld: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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