Understanding Art Movements: 1760-1960

Online course

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So many art movements! Have you ever wondered how to unravel them and feel confident about their context and style? This history of art course will help you to distinguish between the different movements from Neoclassicism to Abstract Expressionism.

Learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with 12 hours of study over 6 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for 6 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time.

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Portrait of Course Director Dr Jacqueline Cockburn

Course Director
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn

Dr Jacqueline Cockburn is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucia running residential courses in Andalucía, Southern Spain in the art and culture of the region. She lectures at the V&A, The Royal Academy, The Art Fund, The London Art History Society and is accredited by The Arts Society. Her specialist field is Spanish Art.

Very worthwhile course and quality learning experience - thanks to all! Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

On this art history course you will understand how artists have shaped our world and the way we see it. We will explore how techniques changed after the Industrial Revolution, how literature and music impacted our artists lives and work, how women artists made an increasingly important impact on the art world. Looking at paintings, photographs, woodcuts, lithographs, sculptures, and objects we will explore 200 years of art and the men and women who made it.


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Online course: Understanding Art Movements: 1760-1960

31 October 2023 - 5 December 2023


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