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Modernism in Africa: Art and Power

Our Modernism in Africa: Art and Power short course offers an introduction to twentieth-century art and architecture across the continent of Africa. Colonialism and later national independence and pan-Africanism are explored as the political contexts shaping local cultures. We will look at the use of art and architecture by colonial powers to exert control. Other topics include re-engagement with traditional arts and crafts among African artists; the development of national institutions of art and design and the symbolic buildings of new African nation states in the 1950s and 60s. The impetus to create modern art and architecture across Africa will be explored in relations to ideas of national, regional and international identities.

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: Wed 29-Apr-20 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code ARVC250H4AAA