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

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

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

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

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

    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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    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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    Thumbnail for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: A London Celebration

    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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    Thumbnail for Arts of East Asia: China Korea and Japan

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

    2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Explore the vibrant relationship between art and the metropolis from Antiquity to the present day.

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    Thumbnail for Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250-1500

    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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    Thumbnail for London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern

    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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    Thumbnail for High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1720

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

    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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    Thumbnail for Early Medieval: 300-1250

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

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    Thumbnail for Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk 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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    Thumbnail for Art and Design in Germany: Medieval to Modern

    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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    Thumbnail for Fascinating Footwear: Short History of Shoes

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

    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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    Thumbnail for Indian Textiles: Dress and Jewellery

    10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: From ancient times India grew to become the greatest producer and exporter of textiles the world had ever known and developed a trade that became a foundation for the success of the British East India Company, reaching it’s height in the C18th and C19th.

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    Thumbnail for Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre

    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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    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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    Thumbnail for The Classical World and Classical Revivals 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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    Thumbnail for Tudors and Early Stuarts: Architecture and Interiors

    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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    Thumbnail for Photographing Victorian Burma and India

    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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    Thumbnail for Directors and Directing

    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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    Thumbnail for Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850-1950

    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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    Thumbnail for The English Country House 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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    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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    Thumbnail for Art Nouveau: Untrammelled by Convention, from High Art to Advertising

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

    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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    Thumbnail for Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery 2016

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

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    Thumbnail for William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty 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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    Thumbnail for From Word to Image and Back Again: Iconography and Symbolism in Medieval Art

    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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    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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    Thumbnail for Elegance and Comfort: The Art of Biedermeier

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

    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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    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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    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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    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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