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.
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.Booking info
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.Booking info
Tue 23 September 2014–Tue 07 July 2015
YEAR COURSE: Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change.Booking info
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
Thu 25 September 2014–Thu 26 March 2015
24 WEEK COURSE: From Alvar Aalto to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Art Deco to Post-Modernism, this new, two-term course explores the major movements and practitioners associated with 20th-century design.Booking info
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.
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.Booking info
Tue 14 October 2014–Tue 03 March 2015
EIGHT WEEK COURSE: This two-term course will trace the development of villas and villeggiatura – the ruling classes’ ‘good life’ in the country from Ancient Rome to the end of the Renaissance.Booking info
Tue 13 January 2015–Tue 10 February 2015
10 WEEK COURSE: The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture from the 15th-century right up to the present day. This course celebrates the opening of the V&A’s outstanding new galleries – Europe 1600-1800 – by exploring the key elements of Classicism, and their re-interpretation and revival in later times.Booking info
Tue 13 January 2015–Tue 10 February 2015
10 WEEK COURSE: Originally used to describe the vanguard of an advancing army, the term Avant-Garde now defines a group of artists or writers whose work is innovative and ahead of its time.Booking info
Wed 14 January 2015–Wed 11 February 2015
10 WEEK COURSE: Explore 20 of the most innovative houses of the 19th and 20th centuries.Booking info
Fri 23 January 2015–Fri 13 February 2015
FOUR WEEK COURSE: Take an in-depth look at the history and development of directing from the 19th-century to the present day.
Fri 30 January 2015 11:00–15:30
STUDY DAY: Discover how artists painted upon damp or dry plaster during the great period of fresco painting from the 14th to 18th centuries.Booking info
Sat 07 February 2015 14:00–17:00
STUDY DAY: Explore Las Vegas, its architecture, design and image with a range of experts; Professor Barry Curtis, Architect & Designer, Calum Storrie and Fashion Writer, Linda Watson
Fri 13 February 2015 11:00–15:30
STUDY DAY: Part 2: Tempera Techniques.
Consider how artists from the 13th to 15th centuries such as Duccio, Fra Angelico and Masaccio experimented with tempera to divine the best medium for painting onto wood.
Fri 06 March 2015–Fri 27 March 2015
FOUR WEEK COURSE: Exploring the fascinating and complex history behind Europe’s most iconic palace, this course will offer a lavish and evocative visual narrative of Versailles’ history over three centuries.
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.Booking info
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.Booking info
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.Booking info
Wed 29 April 2015 14:00
EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Rapidly advancing technology has enabled us to reach ever more places across the planet at high speeds and in greater comfort and safety. Whether for work or pleasure the experience of getting from A to B is of more interest than ever.
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.Booking info