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Central European Modernism: Berlin to Belgrade

The First World War shook the political and cultural maps of Europe. The new sovereign states, created in the centre of the continent, embraced modernity as their template. This short course examines the diverse ways of engaging art in building the new worlds across the territory of the ‘New Europe’, in dialogue with both West and East. Topics include: the new ‘isms’- Hungarian Activism, Czech Poetism, Polish Formism, Yugoslavian Zenitism; new towns; avant-garde periodicals; photography and the café as the site of cultural exchange. Each class will focus on the booming art scene of one Central European city, to include Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Łódź, Bucharest and Belgrade.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 14-Jan-20 2pm-4pm

Class location Central London
Class code ARVC248H4AAA