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Art History: An Introduction

We begin our two-term, online short course Art History: An Introduction by focussing closely on a wide range of artworks, then we move on to fostering your skills in thinking, writing, and talking about what you see.

Art and architecture from a range of periods and places will be discussed. We also encourage you to explore different ways of approaching art, such as considering:

  • the status of the artist
  • the significance of patronage and the market
  • social and historical contexts for particular artworks
  • the varied forms of art-historical writing 

Our Art History course gives you a valuable and interesting introduction to understanding the issues and debates central to art history, both in the past and today. We recommend it to anyone coming to art history at university for the first time and you do not need prior knowledge of the subject. The course is assessed by three written pieces that focus on developing the skills you need to express your ideas on the history of art. Your tutor will guide you through these.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, though you should be able to write and discuss your ideas in English. Art History: An Introduction belongs to a range of one and two-term short courses and study days we offer to help you further your studies in this fascinating area. It is also the core course of 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.

You can with questions about this course or any of our other art history courses.

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: Mon 11-Jan-21 6pm-8pm

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Please note that timetables are not yet confirmed for short courses starting in the Spring or Summer terms


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