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  • Arts of East Asia: China Korea and Japan

    Tue 15 September 2015 - Tue 12 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Explore the art, architecture and decorative arts of East Asia, focussing on the ancient civilizations of China, Korea and Japan. Trace cultural connections across the region from Neolithic tomb goods to sophisticated court paraphernalia of the late imperial era.

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  • Art and the City: Ancient to Modern 2015-2016

    Mon 21 September 2015 - Mon 18 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Explore the vibrant relationship between art and the metropolis from Antiquity to the present day.

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  • Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250-1500

    Tue 22 September 2015 - Tue 5 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Chart important stylistic developments from High Gothic to the renaissance revival of classical antiquity, the rise of realistic representation and the emergence of artistic personalities.

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  • London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern

    Wed 23 September 2015 - Wed 6 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    NEW 2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: London is one of the greatest cities on earth. It sits at the centre of time and the world sets its clocks by GMT. Its famous inhabitants include William Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, Virginia Woolf, and Jimi Hendrix.

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  • High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1720

    Wed 23 September 2015 - Wed 6 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Study the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque, focussing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England.

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  • Chardin to Cezanne: Art and Innovation in Europe: 1720-1900

    Thu 24 September 2015 - Thu 7 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    NEW 2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Gain a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic periods of European art. Encompassing the Rococo, the Romantics, Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionists and Post Impressionists, this course explores the major developments in western painting during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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  • Early Medieval: 300-1250

    Fri 25 September 2015 - Fri 15 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Celebrate the Museum's world-class early medieval collection. Spanning the period from the fourth to the mid 13th century, the course covers the rise of Christianity in the East and West, and demonstrates how patrons and artists of the early Middle Ages transformed Classical principles to meet the aspirations of the new world order.

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  • From Word to Image and Back Again: Iconography and Symbolism in Medieval Art

    Mon 11 April 2016 - Mon 13 June 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Through the long period of the Middle Ages a repertory of images developed, drawn from Christian and Romantic texts, which were formulated in response to the conceptual significance of each.

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  • Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 2

    Thu 21 April 2016 - Thu 30 June 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: From the first stirrings of modernity in the late nineteenth century to the masterpieces combining new technologies in the present, the house has served as a test bed of design experimentation, the place where architects have sought to create new forms and to offer new domestic lifestyles.

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  • Botticelli Short Course

    Fri 22 April 2016 - Fri 1 July 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Botticelli (1445 - 1510) was among the leading artists of Renaissance Florence. Famous as a painter of mythologies for the Medici, including Primavera and the Birth of Venus, he also frescoed the walls of the Sistine Chapel, and illustrated Dante's Divine Comedy.

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  • Unearthed: A History of Gardens From Medieval to Modern

    Thur 28 April 2016 - Thu 30 June 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: This course explores the rich, cultural history of gardens and gardening over a thousand years, bringing to life some of the world's most beautiful and magnificent examples.

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  • Fashion Blogging Masterclass

    Fashion Blogging Masterclass

    Saturday 4 June 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    STUDY DAY: Take a fashion blogging masterclass. Learn how to find your voice, generate ideas and curate content, find an audience, stay motivated and make connections in the blogosphere.

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  • A Concise History of Underwear

    Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 June 2016, 11.00-17.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE:  This weekend course reveals the fascinating history of underwear – its changing design and its role within the fashionable wardrobe from the 18th century to modern times.

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  • Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches

    Saturday 18 June, 10.00 – 17.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    STUDY DAY: Time is of the essence. This truth is visible, tangible and audible in the masterpieces of horology in collections across the globe.

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  • Seminar on Russian Arts and Crafts and Enamels

    Seminar on Russian Arts and Crafts and Enamels

    Friday 24 June, 2–6pm

    Where : Clore Study Area, Room 55

    SEMINAR: This event will be chaired by Max Donnelly, Curator of 19th-century Furniture and will feature presentations by Dr Rosalind Blakesle and Cynthia Sparke. There will be an opportunity to view work currently in storage from the V&A and Gilbert Collections.

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  • Study Day: Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

    Study Day: Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

    Saturday 9th July, 11.00-16.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    STUDY DAY:Join us for a study day to compliment the Master Strokes exhibition on display at the V&A from 14th May 2016 - 13 November 2016.

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  • Adaptations and Recreations: 50 Years of Costume Design for Television Drama

    Saturday 10 September 2016, 10.30-17.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    STUDY DAY: This Study Day celebrates Cos Prop one of the world’s leading costumiers to film, television and stage for more than half a century, founded and managed by John Bright.

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  • The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design

    Thursdays, 29 September 2016 – 30 March 2017, 11.00 – 15.30

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: From Alvar Aalto to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Art Deco to Post-Modernism, this two-term course explores the major movements and practitioners associated with Twentieth Century Design.

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  • British Theatre 2016: An Overview

    8 weeks, Sundays, 2 October – 27 November 2016, 11.00 – 13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    SHORT COURSE: Join Matt Wolf, London theatre critic for the International New York Times and theatre editor at The Arts Desk, to explore a selection of the most significant productions of the last 12 months from bold new writing to notable revivals.

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  • The Classical World and Classical Revivals

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 4 October – 13 December

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture from the 15th century right up to the present day.

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  • 19th and 20th Century Jewellery

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 4 October – 13 December 2016

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: This course reveals the history of jewellery in the aftermath of the French Revolution and the return to luxury after Napoleon comes to power

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  • Fire, Earth and Water: Ceramics of East Asia

    10 Weeks, Tuesday 10 January – 21 March 2017, 10.30 – 13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: The V&A holds one of the leading collections of East Asian Ceramics, from the earliest earthenwares and stonewares of China to the fine porcelains of Korea and Japan.

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  • The Arts and Crafts in England: Tradition and Innovation

    10 Weeks, Tuesday 10 January – 21 March 2017, 10.30-13.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: The Arts and Crafts ethos was far more than simply another style; it was a whole way of thinking about life.

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  • Iconic Houses: London

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 17 January – 28 March- 2017 (Half term: 14 Febraury) 14.00 – 16.30

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: This course will explore some of the most architecturally significant houses in the UK, from classic works by Sir John Soane and Richard Norman Shaw, to the modernism of Welles Coates, and to recent masterpieces by notable contemporary architects including Sarah Wigglesworth and John Pawson.

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  • Pride and Joy: Representing Children in British Art

    8 weeks, Fridays, 20 January – 17 March 2017

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: This course investigates how children are depicted in art, and explores how these images fashion our understanding of childhood experience

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  • Ten Great Plays

    Ten Great Plays

    10 weeks, Fridays, 20 January – 31 March , 14.00 – 16.40

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: This course will examine some of the major works of the past 2,500 years and set each one in its social and cultural context.

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  • Iconic Buildings USA

    Iconic Buildings USA

    10 Weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 4 July 2017, 14.00 –16.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: Although North America’s architectural heritage is relatively new in global terms, in the twentieth century it has left an enormously rich legacy of iconic homes, public buildings and commercial structures

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