Islamic Art and Architecture (Online)


This course is for anyone interested in understanding Islamic art and culture, by examining the relationship between Islamic faith and various art forms.

Muslim societies produced art of tremendous vitality and diversity for around 1500 years in the Middle Easr and in other centres from Spain and West Africa to South-East Asia and China. Their artistic production includes architectural monuments such as mosques, palaces, and civic centres to textiles, manuscripts, and portable objects in ceramic, gold, silver, metal alloys, ivory, and rock crystal. This introductory course will explore the main stylistic and iconographic themes in Islamic art and highlight the diversity of its expressions.

For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.

Programme details

The areas you will cover in this course are:

  • Introduction and a starting point.
  • Muslim places of worship and devotion.
  • Calligraphy and arts of the Qur’an.
  • Painting and figural representation in Islam.
  • Ceramics of the Muslim world.
  • Muslim metalwork.
  • Islamic ornament: Geometry, Arabesque and Calligraphy.
  • Arts of the book: Painted and illuminated manuscripts.
  • Gardens and Palaces.
  •  Funerary landscape: tombs, mausoleums, and gardens.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.

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Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.


Description Costs
Course Fee £300.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Dr Peter Morgan

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • The main characteristics of Islamic art and architecture and its regional and dynastic diversity.
  • The different interpretations of works of art.
  • The significance of context and patronage in the development of Islamic art and architecture.

You will be able to:

  • Identify, interpret, and evaluate a range of images and source materials.
  • Use the relevant technical vocabulary in discussing the subject.

Assessment methods

Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment of 500 words due half way through the course and one longer assignment pf 1500 words due at the end of the course.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.