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  • The Art of Revolution: Art and Visual Culture in Europe and America 1755-1918

    10 weeks, Fridays 7 October – 16 December (Half term: 28 October), 14.00 – 16.30 Out of the Learning Centre on 18 November

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: The Art of Revolution: Art and Visual Culture in Europe and America 1755 – 1918

    10 weeks, Fridays 7 October – 16 December (Half term: 28 October), 13.00 – 16.30 Out of the Learning Centre on 18 November

    This course will explore the exciting and bold innovations of the visual culture that informed revolutions and revolutionary ideas from the late eighteenth to the early 20th century, creating our modern way of thinking as well as our modern way of seeing.

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  • Art and the City: Ancient to Modern

    Mondays, 19 September 2016 – 17 July 2017, 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: Many celebrated artists have been closely associated with major European and American cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Berlin and New York. 

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  • Arts of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic Middle East: 500BC - Present

    Mondays, 19 September 2016 to 17 July 2017, 11.10 –15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE:   Discover the art and archaeology of Asia, from the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent to the island nations of Southeast Asia. 

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  • Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250-1500

    Tuesdays, 20 September 2016 – 11 July 2017, over 3 terms, 11.10– 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    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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  • High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

    Wednesdays 21 September 2016 – 12 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    YEAR COURSE: Explore 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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  • London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern 1066-2000

    Wednesdays 21 September 2016 – 12 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: London is one of the greatest cities on earth. It sits at the centre of Time and the world sets its clock by GMT.

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  • Chardin to Cezanne: Art and Innovation in Europe, 1720-1900 (2016/17)

    Thursdays, 22 September 2016 – 13 July 2017, Over 3 terms, 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    YEAR COURSE: 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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  • Textiles: Ancient to Modern

    Thursdays, 22 September 2016 – 13 July 2017, Over 3 terms, 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: In our throw-away world where dress and furnishings quickly go out of fashion and are relatively inexpensive to replace, they are often seen as transient accessories to our lives but throughout history textiles have been the most obvious expression of our personal values.

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  • Early Medieval 300-1250 (2016/17)

    Fridays, 23 September 2016 – 14 July 2017, over 3 terms 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: Celebrate the Museum’s world-class early medieval collection. Spanning the period from the 4th 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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  • The V&A: Collections and Curators

    12 weeks, Fridays 23 September – 16 December

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: The Victoria and Albert Museum's collection spans two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the Museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects.

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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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  • Restoration and After: A History of Theatre from 1660 to the Present Day

    10 weeks, 3 October – 12 December 2016 (Half-term: 24 October), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    EVENING COURSES: Restoration and After

    10 weeks, 3 October – 12 December 2016 (Half-term: 24 October), 18.30 – 20.30

    In 1660 Charles Stuart returned to England as King and the theatres, closed during the Commonwealth, were re-opened. Within a generation London had Drury Lane, Covent Garden and women on the stage.

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  • Art Deco

    10 weeks, Mondays, 3 October – 12 December (Half-term: 24 October), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    EVENING COURSE: Art Deco

    10 weeks, Mondays, 3 October – 12 December (Half-term: 24 October), 18.30 – 20.30

    Discover the delights of Art Deco, the most distinctive and elegant of international, inter-war styles.

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  • The Classical World and Classical Revivals

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 4 October – 13 December 2016

    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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  • Creative Quarters: Artists and London

    Tuesdays, 8 weeks, 4 October – 29 November 2016 (Half-term: 25 October), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Hickory Room

    THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

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  • The 15th Century Northern Renaissance: Van Eyck to Bosch

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 4 October – 13 December, 10.30 – 13.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: The patronage of the Dukes of Burgundy and the merchants of the trading centres in the Netherlands during the 15th century contributed towards one of the most vibrant periods of artistic production from the precious illuminated manuscripts to the

    outstanding productions of Netherlandish painters such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden or Memling.

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  • Shakespeare and Italy: From the Elizabethan Era to the Present

    6 weeks, Tuesdays, 11 October – 22 November 2016

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: An inter-disciplinary course that brings together leading scholars from English Literature, Italian Studies, Translation Studies and Comparative Literature, to offer an in-depth view of the fascinating dynamics between Shakespeare and Italian literary culture from the Elizabethan era to the present day.

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  • Art, Architecture and Places of Pleasure in Shakespeare’s London

    Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: William Shakespeare lived in London during the decades before and after the turn of the 17th-century, a ‘golden age’ for the city.

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  • English Medieval Embroidery Unpicked

    English Medieval Embroidery Unpicked

    Saturday 12 November 2016

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    STUDY DAY: This study day explores the world of England's Medieval luxury embroideries, known as Opus Anglicanum. We will examine their materials, techniques and design; the patrons and artists involved; and the extraordinary images depicted on them.

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  • Pearls

    Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November 2016, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Pearls are miracles of nature and a global phenomenon.

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  • English Embroidery

    Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2016, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: This short, intensive course will present you with a thorough exploration of English embroidery, a widely accepted term which covers work done across the British Isles.

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  • Women in 20th Century Decorative Arts

    10 weeks, Mondays, 9 January – 20 March 2017 (Half-term: 13 February), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    EVENING COURSE: Women in 20th Century Decorative Arts

    10 weeks, Mondays, 9 January – 20 March 2017 (Half-term: 13 February), 18.30 – 20.30

    Within the decorative arts, women are usually associated with textiles and jewellery, both as designers and as makers.

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  • Fantasy and the Surreal

    10 weeks, Mondays, 9 January – 20 March 2017 (Half-term: 13 February), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    EVENING COURSE: Gain an insight into one of the central strands of western art. Covering the period from the Renaissance to the 20th century Hieronymus Bosch to Salvador Dali, this course explores the changing roles of fantasy and the imagination in art and design.

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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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  • Victorian London

    Tuesdays, 8 weeks, 10 January – 7 March 2017 (Half-term: 14 February), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Hickory Room

    THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

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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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  • The British Face: Holbein To Hockney

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 17 January-28 March 2017, 14.00-16.40

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: Portraiture has dominated the history of British art. It has encompassed a huge variety of sitters, ranging from the mighty and the modest, friends and lovers, heroes and working people.

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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

    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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  • Mid-Century Modern

    Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Few periods of design inspire such interest and affection as Mid-Century Modern.

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  • Fascinating Footwear

    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: This series of talks explores the rich and fascinating history of shoes from the introduction of the humble sandal in ancient times to symbols of status and rank.

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  • Art, Architecture and Places of Pleasure in Shakespeare's London

    8 weeks, Fridays, 21 April – 16 June 2017

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: William Shakespeare lived in London during the decades before and after the turn of the 17th century, a ‘golden age’ for the city.

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  • Creative Quarters: Artists and London (Short Course)

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

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: This course explores London’s role as an epicentre of the art world. The 18th century saw the formation of art academies and schools and upwardly mobile artists like Reynolds and Kneller lived close to wealthy patrons in Covent Garden and Queen Anne Street.

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  • 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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  • The Arts of the Byzantine Empire

    8 weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 20 June 2017, 10.30-13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: Discover more about the Byzantine Empire, ruled from its capital, Constantinople (present day Istanbul) for over a thousand years, from its foundation in 330, until its fall to the Ottomans in 1453.

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  • The Irresistible East: London and Change

    Tuesdays, 8 weeks, 25 April – 20 June 2017 (Half-term: 30 May), 18.30 – 20.30

    Where : Hickory Room

    THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

    EVENING COURSE: This course will explore East London’s remarkable past. What are the historical, cultural and demographic forces that have always defined the land east of the City as somehow ‘different’ from other parts of London?

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  • Fantasy and the Surreal

    10 Weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 4 July 2017 (Half-term: 30 May) 10.30 – 13.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: Fantasy and the Surreal

    10 Weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 4 July 2017 (Half-term: 30 May) 10.30 – 13.00

    Gain an insight into one of the central strands of western art.

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  • Unearthed: A History of Gardens From Medieval to Modern

    10 weeks, Fridays, 28 April – 7 July 2017, 10.30–13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: This course explores the rich, social and 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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  • William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty

    Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Explore the work of the artists, designer, conservationist, and socialist, William Morris whose ideas laid the foundations for the Arts & Crafts Movement and changed the appearance of objects and decorations within the home.

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  • Designing the V&A: 1857-2017

    Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Trace the history of the V&A through the visionary designers, architects, artists and museum directors who have created one of the most loved museum buildings in the world.

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  • Secession! Jugendstil in the North

    Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Jugendstil is often perceived as simply the German expression for Art Nouveau, an artistic movement originating in France and Belgium that enjoyed immense popularity around 1900.

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