The first half of the 20th Century was a time of radical artistic innovation and turbulent upheaval of ideas, the effects of which we still feel today. Whilst fascinating, the vastness of the era and the complexity of its art are understandably intimidating to those just starting in the field. This course aims to give you a working foundation from which you can really begin to get to grips with the intricate history of modern art.
Through movements such as Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism and many more, you will learn to identify the key characteristics of significant modern movements alongside the analysis of their historical significance. Across four weeks you will learn about the downfall of academic art, the rise of abstraction, and the contradictory, anti-modern impulses of opposing movements. A critical understanding of modernity and modernism is emphasised throughout the course and taught alongside all our examples.
You will develop skills in art historical analysis through weekly assignments which receive individual feedback at the end of the course. Resources for extended research are provided via the online Workflow interface, where the discussion continues outside of weekly lectures.
By the end of the course you will have an understanding of;
Some core questions include:
Recommended continued study after this course can be found on Understanding Contemporary Art (Online Short Course).
Who is Introduction to Modern Art History Online Short Course for?
If you are interested in art and enjoy visiting galleries and would like to deepen your knowledge of modern art then this course is for you. You will develop and shape your understanding and opinions, which could give you a greater appreciation for art that you can apply to your own artwork or to a degree application.
All our Online Short Courses include:
Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.
Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.
Online Short Course Materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:
Course Specific Materials
This online short course will teach you how to understand and analyse modern art. Learn the history of modern art movements, from Impressionism to Postmodernism and how these movements continue to influence contemporary art today.