What is the course about?
This is a gallery-based course which aims to introduce you to nearly all the galleries in the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. Sessions include looking at paintings, fashion, sculpture, photography, ceramics, tapestry and glass.
What will we cover?
The historical context in which works were produced
The transfer of design ideas across continents and centuries
Visit different galleries each week looking at different aspects of the decorative arts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of key works in the V&A collection
- Identify the processes/techniques used by a range of artists
- Participate in discussions on works in the V & A with greater confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class. You might want to invest in a portable gallery stool.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB242 - The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
VB443 - Design evolutions: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco
VB628 - Decoding dress: clothing and culture at the V&A.