History of art

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Short courses for the public

History of Art aims at an historical understanding of the origins of artefacts within world cultures, asking about the circumstances of their making, their makers, the media used, the functions of the images and objects, their critical reception and – not least – their subsequent history. 

The Department has a strong offering in the History of Art, which can be studied from short courses (many of which can be studied for credit) up to degree level.


Upcoming courses

Focus on Art V. c.13th-c.17th

  • Short courses
  • Wed 15 Jan 2020 to Wed 01 Apr 2020
  • 2:00-4:00pm 10 meetings

The Impressionists: Painting Modern Life (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Wed 15 Jan 2020 to 27 Mar 2020

Art Nouveau across Europe (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020 to 03 Apr 2020

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in Medieval Art

  • Short courses
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020 to Mon 23 Mar 2020
  • 2:00-4:00pm 10 meetings

Learning to Look at Modern Art (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020 to 03 Apr 2020