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.

Architectural Photography: Inside  & Out
Architectural Photography: Inside & Out

Fri 05 September 2014 10:30

TWO DAY COURSE: Explore the skills and techniques involved in capturing architecture and the built environment. This two-day masterclass led by photographer Dennis Gilbert will cover shooting interiors and exteriors, as well as planning and post-production.

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Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll: Homes and Gardens
Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll: Homes and Gardens

Sat 06 September 2014 11:00

STUDY DAY: The names of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll are synonymous with the creation of quintessentially English country homes and gardens. Together they designed some of Britain’s most romantic and beautiful country homes, including Munstead Wood, the Deanery, Hestercombe, and Upton Gray.

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From Owen Jones to Marianne Straub: 150 years of the Warner Archive
From Owen Jones to Marianne Straub: 150 years of the Warner Archive

Sat 20 September 2014 11:00

STUDY DAY: The Warner Textile Archive represents two centuries of creativity and commerce. It includes Spitalfields silks from the late 18th and 19th centuries, Victorian designs by Owen Jones and William Morris, and vibrant examples of Art Deco, Contemporary, and Pop styles.

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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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Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850 - 1950
Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850 - 1950

Tue 23 September 2014 10:30

8 WEEK COURSE: Discover some of 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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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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American Art and Design: 1850 - 2000
American Art and Design: 1850 - 2000

Tue 23 September 2014 14:00

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: For much of the 20th-century, American culture, images and products led the world. The skyscraper, the Coca-Cola bottle, Andy Warhol’s soup cans and other iconic objects became global symbols of progress, prosperity and cultural and commercial power.

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High Society and Low Life: Geogian and Regency London
High Society and Low Life: Geogian and Regency London

Wed 24 September 2014 10:30

10 WEEK COURSE: London during the Georgian and Regency periods was a city of stark and intriguing contrasts. It was enlarged and remodelled to incorporate many of the elegant squares, fashionable streets and arcades that still define the city today, such as Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Regent Street.

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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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Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk
Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk

Wed 24 September 2014 14:00

10 WEEK COURSE: The history of cotton, linen, silk and wool include cheese-making and street style, the history of tartan and tweed, changing fashions in mourning, early aeronautical engineering, the wonders of African kente cloth and the relationship between the American Civil War, and the simultaneous decline of textile industries in Iran. Together these fibres present the history of textiles.

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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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Artistic Rivalries and Reputations: Renaissance to Modern
Artistic Rivalries and Reputations: Renaissance to Modern

Fri 26 September 2014 11:00

10 WEEK COURSE: Explore the stories behind some of the most famous artistic rivalries – including Leonardo and Michaelangelo, Manet and Monet, Matisse and Picasso, Magritte and Dalí, and Hockney and Freud – and how they have helped build and demolish reputations from the Early Renaissance onwards.

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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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Introducing Surrealist Art and Design
Introducing Surrealist Art and Design

Sat 27 September 2014 11:00

STUDY DAY: Surrealism is one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth-century.

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British Theatre 2014: An Overview
British Theatre 2014: An Overview

Sun 05 October 2014 11:00

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Join Matt Wolf 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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Italian Villas: Ancient Rome to The Renaissance
Italian Villas: Ancient Rome to The Renaissance

Tue 14 October 2014–Tue 03 March 2015

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: This two-term course will trace the development of villas and villeggiatura – the ruling classes’ ‘good life’ in the country from Ancient Rome to the end of the Renaissance.

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Giants of the Gothic Revival: Watts & Co from Pugin to Comper
Giants of the Gothic Revival: Watts & Co from Pugin to Comper

Sat 25 October 2014 10:30

STUDY DAY: Celebrate 140 years of Watts & Co, one of the most worlds' foremost suppliers of fine ecclesiastical textiles, furnishings and accessories. The company’s long and rich history embraces the grandeur of the Gothic Revival, the refinement of Aestheticism and the dynamism of modern, cutting edge style.

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Masters of British Landscape: Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and the Pre-Raphaelites
Masters of British Landscape: Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and the Pre-Raphaelites

Tue 25 November 2014 11:00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: From Gainsborough and Stubbs, to Turner and Constable, Whistler and Nash, British art is renowned for the work of its great landscape painters. This course investigates the contribution of Britain’s greatest landscape artists and seeks to explain why landscape painting became the central expression of the British visual imagination.

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

Tue 13 January 2015 10:30

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 14:00

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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Land of Hope and Glory: Culture, Conflict and the Edwardians
Land of Hope and Glory: Culture, Conflict and the Edwardians

Wed 14 January 2015 10:30

EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Following the success of last year’s course we are offering an extended and more detailed review of the Edwardian period, an era that witnessed wild extravagance alongside severe poverty, and radical changes in politics, culture and society.

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Iconic Houses 1850-2000
Iconic Houses 1850-2000

Wed 14 January 2015 14:00

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

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Directors and Directing: History in the Making
Directors and Directing: History in the Making

Fri 23 January 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Take an in-depth look at the history and development of directing from the 19th-century to the present day.

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V&A Museum Skills
V&A Museum Skills

Tue 17 February 2015 10:30

12 WEEK COURSE: Are you considering a career in galleries and museums? This new course draws on the expertise of key V&A staff and provides an insight into the skills required for working within the museum industry.

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Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries
Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries

Wed 25 February 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Gain a unique insight into the creation of the V&A’s stunning new galleries of European art and design. The magnificently refurbished galleries tell the story of art and design from 1600 – 1800 and contain some of the most beautiful and elaborate works in the V&A’s collections.

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Versailles
Versailles

Fri 06 March 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Explore 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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Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery
Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery

Wed 15 April 2015 10:30

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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Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries
Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries

Wed 15 April 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Gain a unique insight into the creation of the V&A’s stunning new galleries of European art and design. The magnificently refurbished galleries tell the story of art and design from 1600 – 1800 and contain some of the most beautiful and elaborate works in the V&A’s collections.

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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 11:00

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 10:30

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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From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion
From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

Tue 12 May 2015 10:30

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 11:00

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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Private Group Tours & Talks

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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Event - Architectural Photography: Inside & Out

Fri 05 September 2014 10:30

TWO DAY COURSE: Explore the skills and techniques involved in capturing architecture and the built environment. This two-day masterclass led by photographer Dennis Gilbert will cover shooting interiors and exteriors, as well as planning and post-production.

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