History of Art


Art/Architecture in London Modules

These elective courses are open to both UCL degree students and affiliate students who are registered outside the History of Art department.

Each year, the History of Art Department offers a number of exciting gallery and/or building-based courses, which offer students (both UCL degree and visiting affiliates) the opportunity to study at first hand the extraordinary wealth of London’s architecture and museum and gallery collections.

The contents and syllabus of these courses vary slightly each year to take full advantage of current displays in London’s collections or temporary exhibitions. Previous courses have focused on medieval art and architecture, with classes at Westminster Abbey and the British Museum; Italian art of the 15th and 16th centuries, with classes held in the National Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum; London in the 17th century, a dramatic period in British history, and the architecture of Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren; on British art of the 18th century, studying artists such as Hogarth, Reynolds, Joseph Wright of Derby, Blake and Turner and their work in the National Gallery, Tate Britain and National Maritime Museum at Greenwich; as well as modern and contemporary art from Europe, Africa and the US, with classes held at Tate Modern, the Whitechapel Art Gallery and other, smaller and less well-known gallery venues.

Please find below the full list and details of courses offered in 2020/21.

Autumn Term
Because of the ongoing health situation we will not be offering any of these courses in the autumn term.

Spring Term
HART0010 Art in London before 1600 (Wednesdays, 14:00-16:00)
HART0027 Architecture in London (Tuesdays, 14:00-16:00)
HART0021 Modern & Contemporary Art in London (Mondays, 14:000-16:00)

Each course lasts one term (10 weeks of teaching) with a value of 15 credits (4 US credits). Courses run in the Autumn term; and also in the Spring term with the assessments for each course completed by the end of the respective term. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework, each given equal weighting. All courses must be taken for credit, auditing is not permitted.

Important; as the times for these courses are the times the courses begin and end on site, students are advised to ensure that their timetable will allow them the necessary travelling time (c. 30 minutes) to reach the gallery/museum venues.

How to register for one of these courses

All students must first email the History of Art Affiliate Tutor/Course Director to secure a place on one of these courses as each course has a maximum of 18 places and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once your place has been approved by the Affiliate Tutor/Course Director, then you may add this course to your Portico registrations.

Programme Contact

The History of Art Affiliate Tutor and Course Director for Art/Architecture in London courses is Diana Dethloff