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Doing Art History


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This is a dynamic and interactive short course which will engage you in the wide variety of ways it is possible to 'do art history'. Doing Art History is designed to work in conjunction with our other history of art short courses to provide you with the core study, visual and textual analysis skills you need to think about, analyse, discuss and write about art and its histories.

We will focus initially on developing your visual analysis skills, as this is a core skill of the history of art. This means looking closely at art works and discussing the choices an artist or designer has made and the many ways a work affects those who encounter it. We will also explore how we use visual material to create arguments, share ideas and make connections between art works. In the second half of the course we will focus more on reading and writing of art history. As well as helping you to identify and engage with academic texts, we will think about how you can communicate the new understanding you have gained. 

This Doing Art History course gives you a chance to reflect on what it means to become an art historian. You will work both independently and with others in a creative and supportive environment.

Assessment of this course is via an art research essay of 1500 words (50%) and a visual analysis test of 1.5 hours (50%).

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.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    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 register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.