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Study Day: Picturing India: The work of British landscape artists

Our Picturing India: the Work of British Landscape Artists short course offers you a day of learning and discovery. You will consider how scenes of India became a popular subject for British travellers and colonists in the artwork they produced. This encompassed India’s rich architectural heritage and natural landscapes, and also coastal cities and hill stations established by the British.

This one-day short course, designed by our internationally respected Department of History of Art, will give you the chance to develop your critical analysis and judgement examining a wide selection of paintings, prints and photographs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - a period during which British power and influence in the subcontinent expanded rapidly. 

Together, we will explore a range of questions:

  • What were the issues facing the artists in portraying scenes from a different culture?
  • How was their work shaped by European aesthetic theories?
  • What was the impact back in Britain of the pictures of India they produced?
  • How did their work help to shape European ideas about the subcontinent, its history and its society? And what was its role in the broader imperial project?

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • 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: Sat 15-May-21 10.30am-4.30pm

Class code ARVC280N0AAA