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Study Week: What Was the High Renaissance?

This one-week course consists of expert lectures and guided visits around key London museums and galleries to explore the question: what was the 'High Renaissance'? The 'High Renaissance', as a term, dates from the nineteenth century but the concept goes back to the sixteenth. It was then claimed that the 30 years around 1500 had witnessed a pinnacle of artistic achievement in Italy represented by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. This achievement has never been placed in doubt but its relationship to the rest of the 'Renaissance' has. Was it the culmination of fifteenth-century artistic developments and how does subsequent 'Mannerism' link to it? How 'Classical' was it? Is it a coherent style category? These and other questions will be asked in this course by testing the concept against concrete historical examples both in lecture/discussion sessions and in visits to London museums and galleries.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

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 18-May-21 10am-2.30pm

Class code ARVC255H4AAA