Art History Summer School

Oxford Summer Courses students touring the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Magnificent art meets mastermind teaching

Ever been moved by a painting or sculpture but wondered just how it stirred such strong emotion? Study our Art History course and you’ll learn how to closely analyse the techniques and symbolism behind a range of artworks.

We’ll explore how different mediums and medias are used to represent different moods and themes and interpret art from a range of cultural contexts from the past to present day.

Our University collections of prized artwork and artefacts will base a curious and fascinating study, encouraging you to appreciate and question each piece with your newfound knowledge.

Study solo and collaborate with some of the finest artistic minds. We mix individual and interactive learning for the most immersive, engaging experience.

So whether you aspire to see your own artwork hanging in a prestigious gallery one day or want to excel in the art industry as a researcher or teacher, our Art History course is the ideal canvas to begin with.

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Interpret expression, colour and texture and feed your curiosity on the meaning behind some of the world’s most marvellous artworks

From realist landscapes with their precise brushwork to abstract modern art with all its reckless random abandon, learn how to observe and analyse a range of mediums and medias from established art tutors.

We’ll explore a range of art and artefacts and also draw upon the rich University collections. We’ll also cover different periods and places, questioning how location and context influences the art that surrounds us both in daily life and when we visit a gallery or museum.

Fast-track your career in the arts and build a solid knowledge of the great artists throughout time, the processes and practices iconic painters have employed and the theory and meaning behind every movement on the canvas.

photo (c) John Cairns

Our established tutors are experts in their fields of study. Gain the skills and experience you need to excel with a unique, unparalleled learning experience.

Each week, you’ll be able to collaborate with leading academics mirroring the teaching method of the iconic, world-renowned and most respected educational establishments in the UK.

As current and past alumni of top universities, they’re highly specialised, recognised and knowledgeable in their chosen fields and can transfer their academic wisdom to you through interactive learning, independent study, seminars, and tutorials, depending on your age group.

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