Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

The V&A's popular part-time courses and study days provide an interesting and enjoyable way of extending your knowledge about the museum's exhibitions and collections. They include over 100 different events a year and explore a huge variety of subjects, ranging from textiles, furniture, fashion and jewellery, to the history of art, architecture, theatre and design. Courses are taught by lively and engaging experts and practitioners, utilising objects from the Museum's unrivalled collections. So, sign up to be inspired, meet like-minded people, and gain a fascinating insight into the visual arts and design.

Art and the City: Ancient to Modern
Art and the City: Ancient to Modern

Mon 22 September 2014–Mon 13 July 2015

YEAR COURSE: Many celebrated artists have been closely associated with major European and American cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Berlin and New York. They have lived and worked in these cities and many have made the city itself a subject of their work.

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Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East.  14/15
Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East. 14/15

Mon 22 September 2014–Mon 06 July 2015

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 and Early Renaissance: 1250-1500:  14/15
Late Medieval and Early Renaissance: 1250-1500: 14/15

Tue 23 September 2014–Tue 07 July 2015

YEAR COURSE: Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change.

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High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1750.  14/15
High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1750. 14/15

Wed 24 September 2014–Wed 08 July 2015

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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From Rococo to Art Nouveau: 1720-1900.  14/15
From Rococo to Art Nouveau: 1720-1900. 14/15

Thu 25 September 2014–Thu 09 July 2015

YEAR COURSE: Gain a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic periods in the history of European art. Consider the relationship between the visual arts and
the wider political and cultural context of the period and explore themes such as taste, patronage and the art market.

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Early Medieval: 300-1250:  14/15
Early Medieval: 300-1250: 14/15

Fri 26 September 2014–Fri 17 July 2015

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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Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery
Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery

Wed 15 April 2015–Wed 24 June 2015

10 WEEK COURSE: Trace the history of Western jewellery over the past 800 years by studying the comprehensive collection of over 3,500 jewels presented in the V&A’s William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery.

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The Dutch Golden Age: 17th Century Art and Design
The Dutch Golden Age: 17th Century Art and Design

Thu 16 April 2015–Thu 25 June 2015

10 WEEK COURSE: This course explores Dutch art and society in the Golden Age – the time of Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt.

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

Mon 20 April 2015–Mon 22 June 2015

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Through the long period of the Middle Ages a repertory of images developed. Drawn from Christian and Romantic texts, they were formulated in response to the conceptual significance of each text.

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Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 4: Oil Techniques
Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 4: Oil Techniques

Fri 08 May 2015 11:00–15:30

STUDY DAY: Discover why and when oil paint was introduced as a medium, how it was mixed in early experiments, and then developed into a palate of colours and hues.

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Introducing Mid-Century Modern
Introducing Mid-Century Modern

Sat 09 May 2015 11:00–17:00

STUDY DAY: Mid-Century Modern, progressive design of the 1950s and 1960s, is widely regarded as one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic
periods in international design. Acquaint yourself with the distinctive components of the Mid-Century style and explore their manifestation in furniture, textiles, products and interiors.

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From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion Morning
From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion Morning

Tue 12 May 2015–Tue 07 July 2015

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Explore the careers of the 20 greatest names in modern fashion whose amazing creativity has changed not only the way that people look and dress, but also their entire attitude to clothes.

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From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion Afternoon
From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion Afternoon

Tue 12 May 2015–Tue 07 July 2015

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Explore the careers of the 20 greatest names in modern fashion whose amazing creativity has changed not only the way that people look and dress, but also their entire attitude to clothes.

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Renaissance Portraits
Renaissance Portraits

Fri 05 June 2015–Fri 26 June 2015

FOUR WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the evolution and important social role of portraiture in the Renaissance. Discover how portraits were made, and how they were used in contexts ranging from marriage to death, dynasty to devotion.

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Extreme McQueen: How to Wear Accessories
Extreme McQueen: How to Wear Accessories

Sat 13 June 2015 14:00–17:00

SEMINAR: Accessories can take an outfit from plain to extraordinary. Statement accessories have been a huge trend for a while now.

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Trailblazers: Isabella Blow
Trailblazers: Isabella Blow

Sat 27 June 2015 14:00–17:00

SEMINAR: Explore the personal style, work and legacy of Isabella Blow, one of fashion’s most courageous and imaginative muses. Born into the rarefied world of the British aristocracy, Isabella Blow was blessed with a talent for spotting fashion genius and her discoveries included Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Hussein Chalayan.

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Event - Introducing Mid-Century Modern

Sat 09 May 2015 11:00–17:00

STUDY DAY: Mid-Century Modern, progressive design of the 1950s and 1960s, is widely regarded as one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic
periods in international design. Acquaint yourself with the distinctive components of the Mid-Century style and explore their manifestation in furniture, textiles, products and interiors.

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