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Material and Process in Art

Why do art materials matter? The aim of our Material and Process in Art short course is to find answers to this question developing your understanding of the ways in which different materials have been used at different periods and how different media have historically acquired specific meanings and connotations.

Starting in the medieval period and working through to the present day, we will address the use and valuation of materials including stone, wood, glass, metal, textiles paint, print, found objects, the artists' body and digital media. The course involves visits to museums, galleries and places of art production, and for your assessment you will research specific objects that are currently on show in a London gallery.

Assessment is via two essays of 1000 words (non-examined) and 2000 words (100%), respectively.

If you wish to progress your studies further in this fascinating subject, we offer a range of one and two-term short courses and study days. You can also use credits from this short course towards our History of Art Certificate in Higher Education, which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree and can be used to progress straight into the second year of our BA programmes.

This course is currently being run online.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 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.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • 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 13-Jan-21 7.30pm-9pm

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