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Art in Britain: 1900-1950


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Our short course Art in Britain: 1900-1950 gives you the chance to explore the transformation of British art through the first half of the twentieth century. Over the 11 weeks of the course you will advance your understanding of the development of art in Britain during this turbulent period and connect this understanding to the wider history of the time.

This course is taught by the art historian Dr Prasannajit De Silva, who has been teaching within the department for many years. The course will be taught face-to-face in the classroom, unless changing circumstances dictate otherwise. It will be supported by access to our online learning environment.

The first half of the twentieth century was marked by rapid technological and social change, as well as by two world wars, and we will examine how British artists engaged with this context. At the same time, art itself was changing rapidly across Europe and America, and so we will also consider how British artists responded to such developments, whilst often seeking to retain something distinctively 'British'. 

Art in Britain: 1900-1950 covers a range of interesting themes including:

  • art of the Edwardian era
  • the work of war artists
  • the influence of modernism
  • social reportage in the 1930s.

We also hope to organise one of the classes as a weekend gallery visit (to be confirmed) near the start of the course.

The course is assessed by a 2500-word essay at the end. Your tutor will support you with preparation for this.

If you wish to progress your studies further in this fascinating subject we offer a range of one- and two-term short courses. You can also use credits from this short course towards our History of Art Certificate of Higher Education. The certificate 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 can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

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.

    This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art history. No prior study of art history is expected, though you should be able to write and discuss your ideas in English.

    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.