Introduction to the V&A

Course Dates: 31/01/20 - 03/04/20
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: OS - Off Site

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.


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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Do it. You will visit parts of the V and A that you never knew existed and learn a huge amount from a brilliant teacher who knows everything but wears her knowledge lightly.
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Review by Charlotte / (Posted on 05/04/2019)
Excellent course with a superb tutor and a real eye opener to the treasure trove that is the V & A. I would recommend this course very highly to anyone interested in looking at and understanding beautiful objects from all over the world.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
Take it. You will
Love it !
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Review by Teresa / (Posted on 15/03/2019)
A very interesting and engaging course, carefully researched and thoughtfully presented. Unfortunately I had to miss a couple of sessions and I was very pleased to receive the session notes from the teacher by email. It raised my awareness and understanding not only of the purpose and history of the V&A but also gave a lively informed insight into the the different genres and movements in Arts and Crafts. Thank you
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Review by Molljo / (Posted on 02/06/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB219

Full Fri, day, 31 Jan - 03 Apr '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

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