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Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£375.00 in 4 instalments at £93.75 each

History Of Art Diploma Online Course

Tutored by Stewart Roberts

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. You do not need any personal skills as an artist to take this course.

Travel back in time and discover fascinating new insight into some of the world’s most famous works of art. If you’ve ever wanted to say more than “I like it” when you’re walking through a gallery then the History of Art Diploma is for you.

With the History of Art Diploma, you’ll learn to see art in a whole new light. Carefully designed to enhance your understanding of art in all its forms, this Diploma course will help you to explore the symbolism and meanings that lie beneath the surface of what you see. With this new skill, you’ll be able to explore the art around you and see the work in a whole new light.

From paintings to sculpture, the course covers a wide variety of art forms and broad stretch of history. The course focuses on Western art and the important connections that exist between Western art and the art of other cultures.

You’ll learn about many of the most important movements in art and reference contemporary events. What were the influences affecting the artist? How did the work produced in one age impact on and influence the artists who followed?

Whether you’re enjoying it in a book or seeing it face-to-face, you’ll be amazed at what a little knowledge can bring to your appreciation of art. The course might even inspire you to try out new styles and techniques of your own, and it’s a great introductory course for those considering further education.

Why would somebody do that, like that? Is a question often asked. This question leads to others. What was life like when and where the artist lived? What did people value? Who looked at art and how has that changed? What materials have artists used through the ages? These and many other questions are answered in our comprehensive History of Art

The history of art is a vast subject, but with our course it becomes accessible to everyone. The course is written in a simple no nonsense style and is supported with a beautiful text book that produces first class images of paintings, drawings, sculptures and architecture through the ages.

Potential students will be anyone interested in art, whether they want to be artists themselves, or simply want to understand art better when they are confronted by it in its many forms. Our course has been developed by Stewart Roberts who acts as the course guide providing clarification, advice and encouragement. Stewart is genuine enthusiast for the subject with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Our course focuses on Western art, that of Europe and America, but it also looks at the important connections that exist between Western art and the art of other cultures. The student is provided with an overview of many of the most important movements in art with reference to what else was happening at the time the art was being produced. What were the influences affecting the artist. How did the work produced in one age impact on and influence the artists who followed. Key artists in history are identified and students are guided to ways of understanding better the life and times of the artist - in an attempt to better understand the importance of their work.

The Diploma course comprises a series of exercises which the student works through in their own time which are not submitted to the college together with eight assignments which can be submitted to Stewart for comment and which form the basis of the award of the College Diploma. Students will be encouraged and guided to extend their reading and interest in the arts in various ways as appropriate to the individual student.

The course is stimulating, colourful and challenges the student to explore the history of art in many of its forms. We are confident that students who complete the programme will have gained a broad based and comprehensive understanding of the subject.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

The Girl With The Pearl Earring (detail) by Johannes Vermeer

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course. We also have a follow on course to our history of Art Diploma Course called - Understanding 20th to 21st Century Art Course (F2). Once students have completed this course, they are able to take the follow on course to further their understanding of art history.

Techniques: Skills developed
  • What is Art?
  • Aesthetics
  • History
  • Production
  • Criticism

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Below are a few images from the course itself.

Art by Julie Douglas

Art - A World History

 This is an introductory course that is offered to students from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. The learning objectives are focussed on developing the student’s own interest and potential for further understanding.

 Learning Objectives

 1.   To provide a concise but meaningful oversight of the range and diversity of (Western) art with examples of some of the major developments that have taken place.

 2.   To help understand how artistic techniques, styles and media have been employed in this activity

 3.   To help understand the significance of context in the production and interpretation of artworks

 4.   To assist in developing  broader methodological approaches that will further increase understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of art of all kinds.