Welcome to The Course, London

Part-Time Art History Courses London

Business Excellence Awards Winner 2016 Business Excellence Awards Winner 2017

Business Excellence Awards
2016 and 2017

We are proud to be the winner of the 2016 and 2017 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.

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.

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.

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.

Orazio Gentileschi, Lute Player, 1612-1620
London Skyline A French mantel clock by Joseph Revel, c.1795

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Lectures and Courses

Who Owns London?

Royal London, Crown Estate, City of London Corporation, The Duchy of Cornwall, Church of England, The Aristocratic Estates, London Councils
20 September 2017 – 28 February 2018

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Hilliard, Angelico, Gentileschi, Hals, Chardin, Goya, Dadd, Meissonier, Lautrec, Duchamp
9 January – 13 March 2018


Verdi, Wagner, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Humperdinck, Strauss, Puccini, Debussy
11 January – 15 March 2018

The Cult of Celebrity

The Inexorable Rise of Celebrity in the Art World
Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Belle, Pre-Raphaelites
24 April – 19 June 2018

Exhilarating Places

New York, Utopia, St Petersburg, South & North Cornwall, Arcadia, Bruges, Avalon, Thermopylae, Roncesvalles, Xanadu
25 April – 27 June 2018

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Imperial London, London County Council, Philanthropy, London Underground, BBC, Hampstead, City of London, NHS, Festival of Britain, Barbican, Festival Hall, Pimlico, Silver Jubilee, Canary Wharf, London Docklands
19 September 2018 – 13 March 2019

The Art of Dress in Literature, and Life

Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Spenser, Olivier, Greer Garson, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Frith, Rossetti, Millais
20 September – 4 October 2018

A History of German Art

Schongauer, Durer, Cranach, Holbein, Elsheimer, Mengs, Friedrich, Menzel
25 September – 27 November 2018

Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

Helan Culture, Buddhism, Shinto Arts, Samurai Culture, Bushido, Japanase Tea houses, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Bauhaus, Kimono, Rinpa, Ukiyo-e, Edo era, Manga, Hyper-Japan
11 October – 29 November 2018

Homes and Gardens

Castles in the Middle Ages, Renaissance interiors, Elizabeth I, John Tradscant, Palladianism, Grand Tour, Wedgwood, Chippendale, Bath, John Nash, Queen Victoria, the Shard
8 January – 12 March 2019

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

Renaissance decorative arts, Baroque furniture, silver, porcelain, gold, c.18th France, Industrial Revolution, Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus, c.20th design
10 January – 28 February 2019

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

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