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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. 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.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: A London Celebration
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: A London Celebration

Sat 05 September 2015 10:00–17:30

STUDY DAY: Celebrating the acquisition of a formal tail-suit worn by Fred Astaire and the spectacular dress worn by Ginger Rogers in the 1944 film Lady
in the Dark, and commemorating the 80th anniversary of the release of the film Top Hat.

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

Tue 15 September 2015–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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Art and the City: Ancient to Modern 2015-2016
Art and the City: Ancient to Modern 2015-2016

Mon 21 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 22 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 23 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 23 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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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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Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 1
Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 1

Mon 28 September 2015–Mon 07 December 2015

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore 20 of the most innovative houses of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk 2015
Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk 2015

Mon 28 September 2015–Mon 07 December 2015

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: This course will present the stories behind the beautiful textiles displayed in the Museum and include medieval silks and Renaissance velvets, knitted wool, printed cottons, linen suits and merino wool base-layers, ancient Egyptians, merchant seamen, pickpockets, royalty and laundresses.

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Art and Design in Germany: Medieval to Modern
Art and Design in Germany: Medieval to Modern

Tue 29 September 2015–Tue 08 December 2015

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: The German speaking peoples have been among Europe’s most creative, vibrant and bold when it comes to the visual arts and design. From the Venus of Willendorf to Anselm Kiefer’s gigantic vision of history, an accent on grandeur and beauty has marked the finest Germanic art.

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Fascinating Footwear: Short History of Shoes
Fascinating Footwear: Short History of Shoes

Wed 30 September 2015–Fri 02 October 2015

SHORT COURSE: Explore the rich and fascinating history of Shoes from the introduction of the humble sandal in ancient times to the ever higher heels and flamboyant styles of the present day. Highpoints include the pointed shoes of the middle ages when the length of the toe was an indication of status, and the emergence of the heel, first for men and then for women in the later Renaissance period.

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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 01 October 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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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre

Sat 03 October 2015–Sun 04 October 2015

NEW WEEKEND COURSE: This introductory course covers 4000 years of theatre history in two days! Explore the history and practice of theatre from Greek Tragedy to medieval drama through to Shakespeare, Ibsen, Wilde, Pinter and Stoppard.

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British Theatre 2015: An Overview
British Theatre 2015: An Overview

Sun 04 October 2015–Sun 29 November 2015

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Join Matt Wolf, a London theatre critic for the International New York Times and theatre editor at theartsdesk, 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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The Classical World and Classical Revivals 2015
The Classical World and Classical Revivals 2015

Tue 06 October 2015–Tue 15 December 2015

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the key elements of Classicism, and their subsequent re-interpretation and revival in later times. The course examines the cultural highlights of the Classical world, including Homeric myths and their representation in sculpture and vase-painting, the architecture of Athens and Rome, and the rich decoration and furnishings revealed at Herculaneum and Pompeii.

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Tudors and Early Stuarts: Architecture and Interiors
Tudors and Early Stuarts: Architecture and Interiors

Thu 08 October 2015–Thu 03 December 2015

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Study the buildings and interiors of the Tudors and early Stuarts, c. 1500 – 1650. This was a time of great change both socially and politically which directly affected the way in which culture and the arts were created, displayed and interpreted.

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Photographing Victorian Burma and India
Photographing Victorian Burma and India

Sat 10 October 2015 14:00–16:00

SEMINAR: Roger Taylor, curator of the V&A’s captivating exhibition of the pioneering 19th-century British photographer, Captain Linneaus Tripe, leads a behind-the-scenes examination of the techniques and imagery used in Victorian photographs of Burma and India.

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Food Photography
Food Photography

Sat 17 October 2015–Sat 07 November 2015

PRACTICAL COURSE: Working with a professional food photographer, discover the skills and techniques that will enhance your food photography.

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Photography Level 1
Photography Level 1

Mon 19 October 2015–Mon 14 December 2015

PRACTICAL COURSE: For those who are new to photography, learn how to creatively use your camera controls, capture light and colour and edit your photos.

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Introduction to Processing
Introduction to Processing

Fri 23 October 2015 10:30–17:00

PRACTICAL COURSE: Join Codasign for an introduction to the language Processing, allowing you to use it in your own projects.

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Introduction to Wearables
Introduction to Wearables

Fri 13 November 2015–Sat 14 November 2015

PRACTICAL COURSE: Join Codasign to this introduction to working with wearable electronics.

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Directors and Directing
Directors and Directing

Fri 13 November 2015–Fri 04 December 2015

4 WEEK SHORT COURSE: This course provides an in-depth look at the history and development of directing from the Greek theatre to the present day.

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Photography: Personal Archives (November 2015)
Photography: Personal Archives (November 2015)

Sat 21 November 2015–Sat 28 November 2015

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Discover what makes a compelling body of work in this creative photography course and establish your own photographic archive.

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Going Old School
Going Old School

Fri 11 December 2015 10:30–17:00

PRACTICAL COURSE: In this analogue-meets-digital photography course, you will be capturing great images around the Museum collections using a classic 35mm film SLR camera and learn how to scan your negatives using software to enhance your analogue images to digital files.

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Typographic Design December 2015
Typographic Design December 2015

Sat 12 December 2015 10:30–17:00

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Develop your typographic sensitivity and digital design skills. Learn how to work with shapes and graphic elements to create designs incorporating bespoke typographic forms.

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

Tue 12 January 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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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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Theatreland
Theatreland

Thu 14 January 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 15 January 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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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 18 January 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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Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery 2016
Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery 2016

Sat 23 January 2016–Sun 24 January 2016

WEEKEND COURSE: Trace the history of Western jewellery from the middle ages to the present day.

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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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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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Designing Women
Designing Women

Mon 11 April 2016–Mon 13 June 2016

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Within the decorative arts, women are usually associated with textiles and jewellery, both as designers and as makers. However, they have made significant contributions to the fields of furniture, glass, ceramics and metalwork, and they have equally had an important influence on consumption as taste makers.

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Elegance and Comfort: The Art of Biedermeier
Elegance and Comfort: The Art of Biedermeier

Tue 19 April 2016–Tue 28 June 2016

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the art and design of Central Europe in the years following the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The term ‘Biedermeier’ as applied to the arts of this period was derived from a popular fictional character who cared nothing for the wider world as long as his personal interests were secure.

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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)

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Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game

Strawberry Thief by BAFTA award winning games designer Sophia George is a playful celebration of the work of Victorian designer William Morris. Uncover the famous Arts and Crafts design by drawing on your screen with your finger and watch your iPad transform from blank paper to an animated masterpiece.

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Event - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre

Sat 03 October 2015–Sun 04 October 2015

NEW WEEKEND COURSE: This introductory course covers 4000 years of theatre history in two days! Explore the history and practice of theatre from Greek Tragedy to medieval drama through to Shakespeare, Ibsen, Wilde, Pinter and Stoppard.

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