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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The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design
The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design

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.

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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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The Classical World and Classical Revivals
The Classical World and Classical Revivals

Tue 13 January 2015–Tue 24 March 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.

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The Shock of the New: The History of the Avant-Garde in Art and Design
The Shock of the New: The History of the Avant-Garde in Art and Design

Tue 13 January 2015–Tue 24 March 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.

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Iconic Houses 1850-2000
Iconic Houses 1850-2000

Wed 14 January 2015–Wed 25 March 2015

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

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Versailles
Versailles

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.

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Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 3: Print and Drawing Techniques
Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 3: Print and Drawing Techniques

Fri 06 March 2015 11:00–15:30

STUDY DAY: Gain an insight into how and why artists used or preferred chalks, pen and ink or metalpoint.

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Introducing Louis Comfort Tiffany
Introducing Louis Comfort Tiffany

Sat 14 March 2015 14:00–17:00

SYUDY DAY: Louis Comfort Tiffany is one of the most acclaimed artists and designers of the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic periods.

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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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Travel in Style: Art Deco Ocean Liners, Grand Victorian Hotels and Edwardian Trains
Travel in Style: Art Deco Ocean Liners, Grand Victorian Hotels and Edwardian Trains

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.

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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
From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

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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International Training Course

The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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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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