Year course
Rococo to Art Nouveau: 1720-1900

Monday 18 September 2017 - Monday 16 July 2018

  • Monday, 18 September 2017 - Monday, 16 July 2018

  • 11.10 – 15.30 (over 3 terms)

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £57.00 - £2,150.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Over three terms, this Year Course encompasses Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism, and Art Nouveau, covering not only the fine arts, such as painting and sculpture, but also design, architecture, and popular visual culture. The programme of lectures, together with close examination of important objects in the V&A’s collections, demonstrates the complex changes taking place in various branches of the visual arts over a 200 year period.

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Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is an art historian specialising in French painting and the academic tradition. She completed an MA in 19th century painting and a PhD on the work of art students at the French Academy in Rome at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Kathy has worked the Open University, Birkbeck College, NADFAS and Morley College.

A wonderful experience. My first year course at the V&A and I intend to come back for many more. 2014/15 Year Course Student

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Course Overview

Autumn Term

13 weeks, 18 September – 11 December 2017

18th Century

Greater wealth among a broader range of people stimulated the development of techniques of mass production, widening the market for both the fine and decorative arts. The period also witnessed the Age of Enlightenment.

Spring Term (day tickets on sale now)

11 weeks, 8 January – 19 March 2018

19th Century

Two of the main cultural and artistic movements in the early nineteenth century were Neo-classicism and Romanticism, which had both begun in the previous century. By the mid-century, there was a new emphasis upon realism and naturalism in picturing the contemporary world.

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now)

14 weeks, 16 April – 16 July 2018

Late 19th Century

For the arts as for society, the late nineteenth century was complex and dynamic. A powerful drive towards originality and innovation was matched by a strong sense of nostalgia for the past. The period culminated in Art Nouveau, which – as the name suggests – signalled another new direction in European art.

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Year course: Rococo to Art Nouveau: 1720-1900

18 September 2017 - 16 July 2018

£57.00 - £2,150.00

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Summer Term (term tickets on sale now): Late 19th Century

16 April – 16 July 2018


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Summer Term (term tickets on sale now) single days

16 April – 16 July 2018


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