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History of Art

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History of Art develops your understanding of the relationship between society and art and encourages you to look at technical, cultural, social, and political developments from different perspectives.

What will I learn?

You will study 2D and 3D works, art and architecture, from the European tradition and far beyond.

Topics covered:

Visual Analysis

Nature in Art and Architecture

Identities in Art and Architecture

The Renaissance in Italy

The British and French Avant-Garde


Local and affordable – likely to include sites and galleries in Birmingham and Cardiff.


During the course you will develop skills in visual and critical analysis, honing your ability to communicate ideas on paper and in discussion. These skills are preparation for university courses in the humanities and social sciences, useful to anyone hoping for a career in art and design, curatorship, or auctioneering, and valuable to industry and enterprise.