Welcome to The Course, London

Part-Time Art History Courses London

As we celebrate our 25th birthday, we hope you’ve enjoyed our courses and study tours as much as we have. We would like to thank you all for your participation, enthusiasm and support which we appreciate and value very much. We look forward to many more.

Business Excellence Awards Winner 2016
Business Excellence Awards Winner 2017
Business Excellence Awards Winner 2018

Business Excellence Awards
2016, 2017 and 2018

We are proud to be the winner of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Business Excellence Awards for Innovation in Adult Learning.

Mary Bromley

As someone who is interested in art history and the visual arts, you’ll find our range of lectures and courses exciting, stimulating and enriching.

Perhaps you already have an art history degree. Or you have previously taken courses elsewhere. Maybe you have never studied the visual arts before but you’re passionate about a particular period, style or artist.

Whatever your background, you’ll find our courses will challenge you to see the arts in new ways. Established in 1994, The Course programmes take a fresh and innovative approach and encourage lively debate and discussion.

They also cross over into literature, music and opera. Our groups are small, informal and friendly and of course you’ll have the opportunity to socialise and exchange ideas with like-minded people who share your interest and enthusiasm for the visual arts.

INDIVIDUAL LECTURES
You can attend individual lectures at any time. It is not necessary to book an entire course. Walks are subject to availability and priority is given to those who attend the whole series. Please check with us before booking.

BESPOKE VISITS
We arrange bespoke visits for academic bodies, specialist clubs and societies. If you prefer individual tuition, or a private guided museum visit or walk, we can also arrange this at your convenience anywhere, anytime.

LECTURE VENUE
All our lectures take place at The University Women’s Club http://www.universitywomensclub.com. The Club, near The Dorchester Hotel, is situated at 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB, at the south end of South Audley Street (click here for map). There are parking meters nearby and several NCP car parks in the vicinity. The nearest underground stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner with access to the Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines. Buses stop in Park Lane outside the Dorchester and Hilton Hotels.

Our Lecturers


All our lectures are taught by well-known, well-qualified lecturers who use high quality teaching materials including slides, digital images, video and music.

Want to know more? Please see our lectures and courses. Or get in touch.

Europa and the Bull, after Guido Reni, 17thC
Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, c. 1730 Morning in the Village after Snowstorm (Malevich, 1912)

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“Erudite, articulate, thought-provoking. I would recommend THE COURSE without reservation”

“Thank you for making my week so much more interesting and fulfilling. I am SO enjoying the course and already look forward to next term”

“Another really informative and fascinating course.”

“The last three courses I’ve attended have been absolutely wonderful and I’ve learnt so much”

“Brilliant as usual. Would love to attend them all!”

“Fabulously insightful to the artists and their lives. Wonderfully articulated. Nicole gives Vasari a run for his money.”

Lectures and Courses

Art & Critical Analysis

Vasari, Alighieri, nude sculptures, Venetian Art, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Vermeer, Hogarth, Ruskin, Pre-Raphaelites
30 April – 2 July 2019

The Aeneid

The Aeneid, Virgil, Trojan inferno, Carthage, Queen Dido, Laocoon, Troy, Helen of Troy, Creusa, Jupiter, Mercury, Anchises, Sicily, Palinurus, Sibyl, Deiphobus, Circe, Pallas, Turnus, Juno, Fury Allecto, Deiphobus
1 May – 3 July 2019

A History of Art in Ten Colours

Cennini, Da Vinci, Kandisky, Monet, Van Gogh, Hans Arp, Georgia O’Keefe, painting colours
2 May – 4 July 2019

Princely Patronage In The Italian Renaissance

Titian, Renaissance, Duke of Urbino, D’Este, Pisanello, Sforza of Milan, Gonzaga, Ferrarese dynasty, Medici, Pope Julius II
24 September – 26 November 2019

London: The People Who Shaped A City

Immigrants, Merchants, Architects, Lawyers, Engineers, Writers, Artists, Actors, Scholars, Doctors
25 September 2019 – 18 March 2020

Leonardo Da Vinci: The Life of the Universal Man

Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Verocchio, Burlington Cartoon, Madonna of the Rock, Battle of Cascina, Isabella d’Este, Lodovico Sforza, Salvator Mundi
26 September – 28 November 2019

The History Of Russian Art

Medieval Russian Architecture, Russian icons, St Petersburg, Orthodox Christianity of Byzantium, Kasimir Malevich
14 January – 17 March 2020

Transformation As Art, Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Bernini, Correggio, Michelangelo, Il Pollaiuolo, Poussin, Rubens Tiepolo, Millet, Moreau, Rembrandt, Ricci, Titian, Apollo And Daphne, Callisto, Diana And Actaeon, The Rape Of Proserpine, Bernini, Burne-Jones, Claude, di Cosimo, Giordano, Veronese, Arethusa, Arachne, Leda And The Swan, Ganymede, Pygmalion, Death Of Orpheus, Midas, Peleus and Thetis, Ceyx and Alcyone, Battle Of Lapiths and Centaurs, Pythagora
16 January – 19 March 2020

Art, Life & Literature on the Cote d’Azur

St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, Somerset Maugham, Seurat, Clive & Vanessa Bell, Colette & Francoise Sagan, Virginia Woolf, Pierre Bonnard, Monet, Antibes, Chateau Grimaldi, Francoise Gilot, Cole Porter, Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Jean-Michel Folon, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Ben Vautier, Nikki de St. Phalle, Jean Cocteau, Eileen Gray, Villefranche’s Welcome Hotel, Le Corbusier
28 April – 30 June 2020

The Art Of Venice

Constantinople, Byzantium, Basilica of San Marco, Assunta at Torcello, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Palaces on the Grand Canal, Venice Carnival, glass works of Murano, 'Most Serene Republic of Venice' Venetian lay confraternities scuole, Vittore Carpaccio Tintoretto, casa-fondaco, Canaletto
29 April – 3 June 2020

“Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal”

Leonardo da Vinci, Manet, Rodin, Bacon, Emin, Perry, Warhol, Levine, Dali
30 April – 2 July 2020

The World of Print

Raphael Michelangelo, Louis XIV, Versailles, Royal C,ollections, Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, mezzotints, Reynolds, Zoffany, Gainsborough, Romney, satirical print, Brueghel, Dürer, Steen, Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson, Cruickshank, Blake, Goya, Daumier, Rembrandt, Van der Velde, Hercules Seghers, Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, William Hodges, JMW Turner, Degas, Pissarro, Cassatt, Renoir, Morisot, Bracquemond, Manet, Whistler printmaking techniques, black and white etchings, aquatints, color lithographs
10 June – 1 July 2020

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