Short courses


The Art of Looking - From Gallery to Studio (Afternoon Course)

  • 2.5 hours per week
  • 8 weeks


This eight-week course will equip you with tools to identify formal and conceptual qualities within artworks and explore the many problems this exercise poses.

You'll discuss art historical theory, complete practical exercises and visit museum collections. 

Artworks will be pitted against one another to provoke lively debate and better understand why one work or artist might be perceived as 'better' or more 'valuable' than another.

Classes are held on Monday afternoons, from 2:30pm to 5pm.

This course is run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content and structure

This course will be based in both the Slade studio and various museums, such as The National Gallery, Wallace Collection and Tate Britain. 

You'll learn about the process of looking and be asked to separate the 'depicted' subject matter from the 'artist's' subject matter to better understand the success or failure of a work.

Practical exercises will help you identify formal values inherent in art that can discreetly ensure an artwork's quality.

You'll explore and explain your findings through group discussions and individual presentations.

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for suitable for anyone interested in art history and gaining some practical knowledge.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


The course fee is £375.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. To claim this discount, you'll need to enter your UPI number (on your UCL ID card) when booking.

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists.

All tutors are practising artists.

Course leader: Rose Davey.

Course information last modified: 1 Nov 2021, 14:58