Art history

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 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. London's smaller art collections
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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    98% of 100
  2. Introduction to the V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Explore the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. We visit different galleries each week looking at the decorative arts, paintings and the transfer of design ideas across the centuries.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    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. #wallacecollection #arthistory.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. National Gallery
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Discuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Introduction to Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern and contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. Study trip: glories of the Florentine Renaissance
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marie-Anne Mancio
    Join us to explore Florence, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. This three-day tour is an opportunity to see some of the most famous Renaissance paintings, sculptures and buildings in context, with an expert art historian.
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £429.00 Concession £429.00
  8. London churches
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023

    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

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