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Art History

From fine art to abstract works, clay heads and everything in between, absorb the rich creative history of the past to today’s modern masterpieces. From iconic gallery works to underground art, every canvas and artefact is a new discovery.
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Study the Art History with us and you’ll learn the methods and meaning behind every brushstroke. We’ll analyse the techniques and symbolism of a range of artworks and interpret art from different cultural contexts. We'll explore a diverse range of paintings and three-dimensional art throughout history and through to the modern day, broadening your knowledge of the visual culture of different periods.

Teaching methodology

Learn the Oxford way with tutorial-style teaching. Your expert tutor will foster self-directed learning and critical thinking through interactive seminars in small groups (no bigger than 8). During your course, you will complete two pieces of independent work (essays or problem sheets), which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor and learn new perspectives from your classmates. On completion of the course, you'll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your tutor.

The experience

You’ll have time to explore Oxford for yourself, as well as forging new friendships for the future, and there’s an action-packed programme of social activities, field trips and excursions to help bring your learning to life. We might even head to London for the day.

You’re not a tourist, so we won’t treat you like one. Instead, we’ll help you uncover genuine local treasures and show you what life here is really like, from the inside.

Typical outings

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British Museum

Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery and St James' Park.

Warwick Castle

Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.

Westminster, London

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.


Explore the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture of this historic English city. And discover the secrets of the literary world of Jane Austen, the Roman Baths, and its lively shops and cafés.

Blenheim Palace

Uncover the amazing history of the palace where Winston Churchill was born. And explore incredible state rooms, the tricky garden maze, the butterfly house, the beautiful grounds, and much more.

Ashmolean Museum

This world-famous museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Oxford University unveils a world of incredible historical artefacts, Egyptian mummies, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and much more.


Let us show you around our home town. We’ll visit lots of fascinating museums, take a punt down the river, explore Oxford Castle, and uncover all the best bits of this classic English city.


It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.


Explore Brunel's amazing engineering feat, the SS Great Britain, get hands-on with science at We The Curious, marvel at the Planetarium, and uncover the secrets of one of the UK’s coolest cities.

Stay in Oxford

Where it all began. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and it’s also where Oxford Summer Courses was born. Known as the city of dreaming spires, Oxford has educated and inspired world-changing thinkers through the ages. And its renowned tutorial teaching keeps the university among the global elite. But it’s so much more than books. This is a lively, cosmopolitan and open-minded place. There’s room for everyone, with something new (or very old) to discover at every turn.

All of the accommodation in Oxford is based within Oxford University college grounds, and the beautiful buildings that date back in some cases to the 13th century, present a real sense of the traditional university. Although the bedrooms have been appropriately modernised, they remain in-keeping with the college surroundings with lots of character and charm. Accommodating full-time students during term time, the rooms are practical and usually have some desk space for quiet study time. Each corridor houses a pastoral member of staff, who oversees students throughout the night. We are able to offer twin or single bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities.

You will get the chance to eat at a range of Oxford's best restaurants and cafes during the week, and each Friday evening you will experience an Oxford University formal hall. As an Oxford Summer Courses student, you will get to attend two formal halls per course, where you can expect an excellent dining experience and an electric atmosphere, as students and staff celebrate the achievements of the week together. Usually followed by a traditional party and graduation ceremony it really is an experience of a lifetime, so don’t forget your cameras for this one!


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Alexander Hardwick

DPhil Ancient Greek Crowd Psychology. University of Oxford - Alexander teaches Greek language at Magdalen College, Oxford and is a non-stipendiary lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is also an examiner for various OCR qualifications (A-level and GCSE). His other interests include classical music, and competitive quizzing (University Challenge 2019-20).

Bryony Leighton

MSt History of Art and Design, University of Oxford - Bry’s specialisms include feminism, French 19th century painting, Goya and visual analysis. Her dissertation focussed on flamenco dance costumes. She has a variety of teaching experience including at various summer schools in Oxford and as an A level teacher. Bry currently lectures and leads tutorials on a variety of topics within art history at Oxford. Her ambition is to keep learning, as there are so many fantastic and significant artists to find out more about.

Justin Reay

Diploma History of Art, University of Oxford - With a background in the Royal Navy and as a business executive (including as a CEO), Justin now specialises in Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Modern Art and Architecture. He considers himself an explorer of culture who's curious about the world, and he delights in sharing his findings with young people. Justin's been involved in a variety of projects, including bursaried research for University of Oxford teaching materials and Samuel Pepys's Naval Papers in the Bodleian Library's collections for publication in 2022.

Nayra Zaghloul

MPhil Islamic Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford - Nayra is intimately acquainted with the Oxford educational experience in terms of quality of teaching and would like to offer that same experience to other students. She has tutoring privately for the last 18 months and has experience teaching children from 7 to adults as old as 30 and senior academic specialists. Nayra has also been trained at the Ashmolean Museum to teach using objects. She has been working as a Junior Dean at Worcester College at the University of Oxford for the last two years.

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

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2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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6 Aug - 19 Aug 2023

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13 Aug - 26 Aug 2023

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