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Study Day: Caricature and Self-Representation of the Early Modern Artist

Caricature and Self-Representation of the Early Modern Artist is a one-day short course that will develop your knowledge and understanding of the rise of caricature as a medium from its origins in early modern Italy.

Offered by our internationally respected Department of History of Art, this absorbing study day will allow you to delve into how caricature evolved in the workshops of Leonardo in Florence, of the Carracci in Bologna, and of Bernini in Rome. You will consider how caricature provided entirely new ways of obtaining likeness by distortion of the body, by aiming for ‘perfect deformity’ rather than ‘ideal beauty’.

You will also examine and discuss the role of caricature in the radical reinvention of the codes of artists’ self-representation, shifting the emphasis from the elevation of their social status towards companionship, humour and performativity.

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: Mon 08-Mar-21 6pm-9pm

Class code ARVC281N0AAA