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Courses and study days

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.

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

Thu 24 September 2015–Thu 07 July 2016

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
Early Medieval: 300-1250

Fri 25 September 2015–Fri 15 July 2016

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

Mon 28 September 2015–Mon 18 July 2016

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
Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250-1500

Tue 29 September 2015–Tue 05 July 2016

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
London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern

Wed 30 September 2015–Wed 06 July 2016

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
High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1720

Wed 30 September 2015–Wed 06 July 2016

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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The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design 2015-2016
The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design 2015-2016

Thu 12 November 2015–Thu 24 March 2016

23 WEEK 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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Iconic Buildings: London - New Evening Course
Iconic Buildings: London - New Evening Course

Tue 12 January 2016–Tue 22 March 2016

EVENING COURSE: From Westminster Abbey to the Royal Festival Hall, St. Paul’s to The Shard, and Spitalfields to Tate Modern, London’s architectural heritage is one of the greatest in the world. Its buildings embrace Gothic and Renaissance splendours, Georgian elegance, Victorian grandeur, contemporary sky-scrapers and outstanding feats of engineering and technology.

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The English Country House 2016
The English Country House 2016

Thu 14 January 2016–Thu 24 March 2016

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the architecture, interiors and decoration of the greatest English country house, ranging from the Medieval manor, to the Jacobean powerhouse, the Georgian mansion, and the Gothic Revival castle.

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Art Deco - New Evening Course
Art Deco - New Evening Course

Tue 26 January 2016–Tue 22 March 2016

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

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Victorian Art and Design: Pugin, Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts
Victorian Art and Design: Pugin, Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts

Mon 01 February 2016–Mon 14 March 2016

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the world’s greatest collection of Victorian art and design and gain a unique insight into the rich and complex history of the period. This course will show how industrialisation, scientific developments and radical shifts in social and religious mores impacted on every aspect of Victorian life and the arts.

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Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850-1950
Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850-1950

Tue 02 February 2016–Tue 08 March 2016

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Discover the highlights of a period during which painters, sculptors and designers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland achieved a leading place in European art.

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Arts of East Asia: China Korea and Japan
Arts of East Asia: China Korea and Japan

Tue 02 February 2016–Tue 12 July 2016

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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Theatreland
Theatreland

Thu 11 February 2016–Thu 24 March 2016

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: The playhouses came to London in the 16th century but it was after the restoration of Charles II that Drury Lane opened and the West End became the centre of the London theatrical world.

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Art Nouveau: Untrammelled by Convention, from High Art to Advertising
Art Nouveau: Untrammelled by Convention, from High Art to Advertising

Fri 12 February 2016–Fri 11 March 2016

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Art Nouveau was the first self-consciously modern style: decorative, dramatic and daring. It had an international appeal which made it the most pervasive influence in art, craft, architecture and design throughout the turbulent years of the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Style Cities Europe 1600-1815
Style Cities Europe 1600-1815

Sat 13 February 2016 14:00–16:30

SEMINAR: Celebrating the newly opened Europe 1600-1815 galleries and valentines weekend.

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Career insights into... Design with Seymourpowell (16-19 Years)
Career insights into... Design with Seymourpowell (16-19 Years)

Wed 17 February 2016–Fri 19 February 2016

YOUNG PEOPLE'S COURSE: This three-day course gives an overview of careers within the design industry.

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Women Pioneers in Photography 1850-1950
Women Pioneers in Photography 1850-1950

Sat 20 February 2016 11:00–16:00

STUDY DAY: This study day will explore a century of outstanding contributions to photography by women. Inspired by the current Julia Margaret Cameron Display, academics, curators and writers will explore Women’s contribution to a genres including, fine art, fashion, war and political photographs.

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Jewelled Art in Miniature: The History of Rings
Jewelled Art in Miniature: The History of Rings

Sat 27 February 2016 11:00–17:00

STUDY DAY: Rings are the most personal of all jewels and often mark the different stages in the life of an individual.

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William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty 2016
William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty 2016

Sat 12 March 2016–Sun 13 March 2016

WEEKEND COURSE: Explore the work of the artist, 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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Remembrance of Perfumes Past
Remembrance of Perfumes Past

Sat 19 March 2016 10:30–16:00

STUDY DAY: Like Proust’s Madeleine, perfumes are evocative of places and people. Join experts on the history of perfumery to discover the history of scent: from the aromatic pomanders of sixteenth century Italy to the fashionable fragrance houses of today.

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

Mon 11 April 2016–Mon 13 June 2016

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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History of British Film - Evening Course
History of British Film - Evening Course

Tue 12 April 2016–Tue 07 June 2016

EVENING COURSE: The history of British cinema includes some of the greatest and most successful films that have ever been made.

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Unearthed: A History of Gardens From Medieval to Modern
Unearthed: A History of Gardens From Medieval to Modern

Thu 21 April 2016–Thu 30 June 2016

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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Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 2
Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 2

Thu 21 April 2016–Thu 30 June 2016

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
Botticelli Short Course

Fri 22 April 2016–Fri 01 July 2016

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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East Asian Ceramics
East Asian Ceramics

Sat 14 May 2016–Sun 15 May 2016

NEW WEEKEND COURSE: Discover East Asian Ceramics in the V&A collection, from Neolithic earthenwares and the first porcelaineaous wares to complex forms and glazes which placed them at the forefront of ceramic technology.

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Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day (Paperback)

Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day (Paperback)

A wonderful fantasy adventure … glorious and entertaining illustrations' Julia Eccleshare'Emily Sutton's illustrations are a delight' Juliet To…

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Martand Singh and Robert Skelton in conversation

Tue 15 March 2016, 18:30–19:30. Join renowned curators and scholars, Martand Singh and Robert Skelton for a special evening of personal recollection as they will share with the audience their knowledge, insights and experiences of Indian art and culture developed and encountered over a lifetime of common interests.

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Event - Women Pioneers in Photography 1850-1950

Sat 20 February 2016 11:00–16:00

STUDY DAY: This study day will explore a century of outstanding contributions to photography by women. Inspired by the current Julia Margaret Cameron Display, academics, curators and writers will explore Women’s contribution to a genres including, fine art, fashion, war and political photographs.

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