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  • Art and the City: Ancient to Modern

    Mondays, 19 September 2016 – 17 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: Many celebrated artists have been closely associated with major European and American cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Berlin and New York. 

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  • Arts of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic Middle East: 500BC - Present

    Mondays, 19 September 2016 – 17 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 –15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    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 to Early Renaissance 1250-1500

    Tuesdays, 20 September 2016 – 11 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10– 15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    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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  • High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

    Wednesdays 21 September 2016 – 12 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    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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  • London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern 1066-2000

    Wednesdays 21 September 2016 – 12 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    SOLD OUT: London is one of the greatest cities on earth. It sits at the centre of Time and the world sets its clock by GMT.

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  • Chardin to Cezanne: Art and Innovation in Europe, 1720-1900 (2016/17)

    Thursdays, 22 September 2016 – 13 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    YEAR COURSE: 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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  • Textiles: Ancient to Modern

    Thursdays, 22 September 2016 – 13 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: In our throw-away world where dress and furnishings quickly go out of fashion and are relatively inexpensive to replace, they are often seen as transient accessories to our lives but throughout history textiles have been the most obvious expression of our personal values.

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  • Early Medieval 300-1250 (2016/17)

    Fridays, 23 September 2016 – 14 July 2017 (over 3 terms), 11.10 – 15.30. Day tickets available

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    YEAR COURSE: Celebrate the Museum’s world-class early medieval collection. Spanning the period from the 4th 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 Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design

    Thursdays, 29 September 2016 – 30 March 2017, 11.00 – 15.30

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT 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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  • Fire, Earth and Water: Ceramics of East Asia

    10 Weeks, Tuesday 10 January – 21 March 2017, 10.30 – 13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: The V&A holds one of the leading collections of East Asian Ceramics, from the earliest earthenwares and stonewares of China to the fine porcelains of Korea and Japan.

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  • The Arts and Crafts in England: Tradition and Innovation

    10 Weeks, Tuesday 10 January – 21 March 2017, 10.30-13.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: The Arts and Crafts ethos was far more than simply another style; it was a whole way of thinking about life.

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  • The British Face: Holbein To Hockney

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 17 January-28 March 2017, 14.00-16.40

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: Portraiture has dominated the history of British art. It has encompassed a huge variety of sitters, ranging from the mighty and the modest, friends and lovers, heroes and working people.

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  • Iconic Houses: London

    10 weeks, Tuesdays, 17 January – 28 March- 2017 (Half term: 14 Febraury) 14.00 – 16.30

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: This course will explore some of the most architecturally significant houses in the UK, from classic works by Sir John Soane and Richard Norman Shaw, to the modernism of Welles Coates, and to recent masterpieces by notable contemporary architects including Sarah Wigglesworth and John Pawson.

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  • NEW – Fashioning and Furnishing the English Country House 1650 – 1920

    Fridays, 20 January 2017 – 24 March 2017; (Half term: 17 February), 10.30 - 13.00

    Where : Throughout the V&A

    SHORT COURSE: Explore the fashions and furnishings that made the English Country House a uniquely luxurious and elegant showcase for aristocratic tastes and lifestyles

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  • Ten Great Plays

    10 weeks, Fridays, 20 January – 31 March , 14.00 – 16.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: This course will examine some of the major works of the past 2,500 years and set each one in its social and cultural context.

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  • NEW – Fabric and Dress at the V&A Clothworkers' Centre

    Fridays, 20 Jan – 10 March 2017, 10:30 – 13:00

    Where : Blythe House

    SHORT COURSE: Join us for a one-time-only, object-led course at the V&A Clothworkers’ Centre and examine the evolution of men’s and women’s dress from the 17th to the 19th century

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  • Mid-Century Modern

    Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Few periods of design inspire such interest and affection as Mid-Century Modern

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  • Fascinating Footwear

    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: This series of talks explores 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.

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  • Jewellery: Beyond Adornment March 2017

    25 and 26 March, 11.00 – 16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    SHORT COURSE: This course reveals the meanings behind Western jewellery from late Antiquity till today and its significance to the wearer.

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  • Art, Architecture and Places of Pleasure in Shakespeare's London

    8 weeks, Fridays, 21 April – 16 June 2017

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: William Shakespeare lived in London during the decades before and after the turn of the 17th century, a ‘golden age’ for the city.

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  • Creative Quarters: Artists and London (Short Course)

    Tuesdays, 25 April – 4 July 2017, 14.00–16.30

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: This course explores London’s role as an epicentre of the art world. The 18th century saw the formation of art academies and schools and upwardly mobile artists like Reynolds and Kneller lived close to wealthy patrons in Covent Garden and Queen Anne Street.

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  • Iconic Buildings USA

    10 Weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 4 July 2017, 14.00 –16.30

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: Although North America’s architectural heritage is relatively new in global terms, in the twentieth century it has left an enormously rich legacy of iconic homes, public buildings and commercial structures

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  • The Arts of the Byzantine Empire

    8 weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 20 June 2017, 10.30-13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SOLD OUT: Discover more about the Byzantine Empire, ruled from its capital, Constantinople (present day Istanbul) for over a thousand years, from its foundation in 330, until its fall to the Ottomans in 1453.

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  • Fantasy and the Surreal: Bosch to Dali

    10 Weeks, Tuesdays, 25 April – 4 July 2017 (Half-term: 30 May) 10.30 – 13.00

    Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

    SHORT COURSE: Covering the period from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Hieronymus Bosch to Salvador Dali, this course explores the changing roles of fantasy and the imagination in art and design.

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  • Unearthed: A History of Gardens From Medieval to Modern

    10 weeks, Fridays, 28 April – 7 July 2017, 10.30–13.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    SHORT COURSE: This course explores the rich, social and 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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  • William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty

    Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    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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  • Designing the V&A: 1857-2017

    Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Trace the history of the V&A through the visionary designers, architects, artists and museum directors who have created one of the most loved museum buildings in the world.

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  • Creative Business Class

    Creative Business Class

    19 May, 16.30 – 19.00

    Where : Seminar Room 3

    STUDY DAY: The contemporary music business is a spring board for creative entrepreneurs working across a spectrum of design areas from graphics, to performance space, sound, light and costume design. Join inspiring creative professionals in the music business who will share their ideas and encourage you to succeed.

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  • Secession! Jugendstil in the North

    Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017, 11.00-16.00

    Where : Seminar Room 1

    WEEKEND COURSE: Jugendstil is often perceived as simply the German expression for Art Nouveau, an artistic movement originating in France and Belgium that enjoyed immense popularity around 1900.

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