Art is more than a catalyst for change or a medium to challenge us – it is a lens through which we can understand history and society at large. Our Cambridge-based course combines the best bits of history, philosophy and geography. It gives you an opportunity to discover more about what areas of art you enjoy and a chance to discuss the impact has art had on societies and cultures.
Cambridge is no stranger to the subject. Studying this popular summer course means you’ll be treading in the footsteps of some notable alumni. The philosopher Bertrand Russell and the artist Quentin Blake both studied arts and humanities at Cambridge’s renowned university. What’s more, the eclectic range of local museums gives you the opportunity to see some of the specific works you’ll be discussing. So, what are you waiting for?
Our Arts and Humanities summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Watch our short introductory video and learn what it’s like studying a summer course in arts and humanities here in Cambridge…
This Cambridge-based summer course gives you the opportunity to learn and discuss arts and humanities with some of the best tutors in the field.
This arts and humanities course is built around your own individual interests and needs rather than a rigid syllabus. It is modelled on the highly respected tutorial system that has given Cambridge University the reputation it has today. Thus, your learning will be far more interactive than you might have been used to.
You’ll visit museums and analyse art from across history, from example – looking at history and how art mirrors different periods, with an eye on both geography and philosophy. The small group tutorials give you the you have the opportunity to learn from discussions with university tutors at the top of their field. On top of plenty of one-to-one tutor time, your fellow students will be from all over the world, exposing you to a variety of different perspectives.
Max Long is a graduate student at Cambridge University, where he is studying for an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. His interests lie in technology, the environment and the role of emotion in the process of artistic creation. His dissertation will explore the work of Anna Kavan and Patrick Hamilton, although next year he will begin a PhD in the early history of natural history filmmaking. Max’s work is strongly interdisciplinary; he graduated with a First Class in History from Oxford, and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, before spending two months learning German at Middlebury College, Vermont, as a Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow. He has also cycled the Iron Curtain Trail in Germany, and tutored students at a Prison in New Jersey.
Kimron Flicker graduated with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology from Tel Aviv University and an MPhil in Development Studies from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She worked for three years as a private tutor in Tel Aviv, Israel and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her main research interests are Middle Eastern politics and social history.
Naoise Murphy graduated from Durham University in 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature and French, with a year abroad at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She will complete her MPhil this year at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. She has been awarded a Major Studentship by Newnham College Cambridge for her research on twentieth-century Irish women’s writing. She has several years of experience tutoring in both English and French.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided about which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between our different UK locations.
"The best thing about Fitzwilliam is the kind teachers, and the friendship I’ve built with the students here. I have also adapted to be surrounded by different people from many parts of the world and learnt a lot from the courses."
"I would love to do this course again in the future. Oxford Summer Courses is a place where you can make friends that live all over the globe. And a chance to explore Oxford, London, and enjoy all sorts of extracurricular activities."
"Choosing to come here has definitely been the best decision I have ever made. The staff, tutors, course directors and all the friends you make are all people you will always remember, they hold a very special place in my heart. "
"The time I spent at Oxford Summer Courses was unforgettable, which sparked my strong interest in studying law and made me fall in love with Oxford. There were only two students in the law-learning class, and our tutor was a professional with extensive experience in the legal field."
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