Short Courses 2024

On campus and online

A bronze sculpture of a dancer looking at the sole of her right foot i Edgar Degas (1834–1917), Dancer Looking at the Sole of her Right Foot, Bronze cast by A.A. Hébrard Foundry, Paris, Around 1919–20, from a wax model made around 1895–1900, The 鶹Ƶ, London (Samuel 鶹Ƶ Trust) © The 鶹Ƶ

The 鶹Ƶ shares its scholarly expertise with everyone interested in art and art history through the Short Courses. Our courses present up-to-date art-historical thinking, often including our lecturers’ current research, and are led by experts in their field who are chosen for their academic excellence, enthusiasm, and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.

Covering a global range of historical periods and art-historical themes, the Short Courses programme has much to offer to both newcomers to the subject and to participants with existing knowledge and interests.

Our on campus courses combine teaching in the classroom with visits to galleries and museums across London. If you are stretched for time or too far away from The 鶹Ƶ, you can also study with us online! You will receive expert lectures and reading material between 2-4 weeks before the start of an online programme so that you can immerse yourself in the content at your own time, in preparation for the lively online seminars during the course delivery week.

You can find our courses and their full descriptions on this website. Our frequently asked questions may answer any queries, but if not, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Download our Short Courses calendar for 2024, listing all our courses and tours per month, here:

Short Courses Calendar 2024

On now: Showcasing Art History

Antiquity, Taste, and the Self: Revisiting the Discoveries of the Grand Tour

Spring term
Tuesday 9 January – Tuesday 12 March 2024, 19:00
On campus
Wednesday 17 January – Wednesday 20 March 2024, 20:00 [London time]

Booking has now closed for this lecture series; however, we are accepting bookings for our summer term, please see details here.

This lecture series explores the cultural phenomenon of the Grand Tour, one of the most significant rites of passage in early modern history. Our focus will be on Italy, the culmination of that extensive Continental journey, on the Grand Tour’s heyday in the long eighteenth century, and on its most numerous cohort, the British.

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i Carlo Labruzzi, Temple of Minerva, n.d., black chalk and watercolour on laid paper, The 鶹Ƶ, London (Samuel 鶹Ƶ Trust) © The 鶹Ƶ.

Coming Soon: Saturday 鶹Ƶ

Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads – In Context

Saturday 23 March 2024

Dr Barnaby Wright and Jane Alison

On campus at Vernon Square
14:00 – 16:15
Online as a recording

Our next Saturday 鶹Ƶ event accompanies The 鶹Ƶ Gallery’s spring exhibition Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads. Join exhibition curator Dr Barnaby Wright and independent curator and writer Jane Alison to explore these poignant images, and to set these works of the 1950s and early 1960s into the context of post-war British portraiture.

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A black and white charcoal and chalk portrait of a woman i Frank Auerbach (b.1931), Head of Julia II, 1960, charcoal and chalk on paper, private collection © the artist, courtesy of Frankie Rossi Art Projects, London

Our programmes

Spring Courses

Online and on campus options. Our Spring Courses go considerably beyond introductory surveys. Organised thematically, they provide a solid basis for further study in Western art from classical antiquity to the twentieth century. ...

Summer School

On campus and online. Summer School 2024 features 25 intensive five-day courses on a global range of topics from late classical to contemporary art. ...

Autumn Courses

Our Autumn Courses go considerably beyond introductory surveys. Organised thematically, they provide a solid basis for further studies of areas of Western art from classical antiquity to the twentieth century....

Three figures looking at a drawing

Showcasing Art History

On campus and online. As the programme name implies, the series aims to share the latest art-historical thinking, and The 鶹Ƶ’s excellence in teaching and research, with the wider public....

鶹Ƶ Tours

Join our expert lecturers for one of our sought-after 鶹Ƶ Tours in person, which are celebrated for their scholarly excellence, conviviality and small group size....

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697 - 1768), View from Somerset Gardens looking towards London Bridge, 1746 - 1755 (circa)

Saturday 鶹Ƶ

Saturday 鶹Ƶ delivers short, intensive and, we hope, enjoyable events that help to give further context to our temporary exhibitions, or use selected works from our permanent collections as starting points for the investigation of significant art-h...