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About our courses

If you are looking to widen and strengthen your knowledge of art, enjoy stimulating discussions and develop your own critical responses, these History of Art courses are for you. We run day schools, weekend courses and weekly courses, as well as part-time qualifications leading to full University of Cambridge awards.

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Part-time qualifications in History of Art

Undergraduate Certificates

We offer two Certificate in History of Art courses at ICE: Certificate I and Certificate II. These normally run in alternate years, and can be studied independently of each other, and in any order. Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4, equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. The courses are open to all, and no prior knowledge or qualifications are required.

Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art I (2015/16) includes units on the classical world, focusing on the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Greeks and Romans; the early Christian world and how the liturgical needs of the new religion were expressed in objects and buildings; and the rise of the Romanesque and Gothic styles in painting, sculpture and architecture as well as new and original art forms such as narrative stained glass.

Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art II (2016/17) is designed to introduce you to some of the most significant periods of art history in Western Europe: from the Renaissance to Impressionism and the beginnings of Early Modernism. On completion, you will have acquired specific knowledge of the changing attitudes to art production over the centuries, as well as an understanding of the language of art history itself.

We also offer Certificate courses in the Study of Early Medieval and Medieval England, both of which include units relating to art and architecture.

Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Early Medieval England examines the initially sparse and later more plentiful archaeological, documentary, art and architectural evidence for the origins and development of Anglo-Saxon England between the 5th and the 11th centuries.

Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Medieval England (2016/17) uses a range of material to address big questions about medieval England, such as: the complexity of changing power relationships between lords, gentry and peasants; the influence of dramatic climate change and deadly epidemics on social and economic structures; agricultural conservatism and innovation in attempts to meet these challenges; and the importance of changes in ideas expressed in art and religion in cultural transformation. Unit topics include political culture, landscape archaeology, and art and architecture.

Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation (2017-19). The two-year, part-time Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation offers an introduction to the philosophy and practice of historic building conservation, with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the traditional crafts involved.

Undergraduate Diplomas

We offer two Diploma in History of Art courses at ICE: Diploma I and Diploma II. Like the Certificate courses, these normally run in alternate years, and can be studied independently of each other, and in any order. They are taught at FHEQ Level 5, equivalent to second-year undergraduate level. They are open entry, meaning that you can begin your study of art history at Diploma level, although background knowledge at Certificate level is recommended.

Undergraduate Diploma in History of Art I (2015/16) includes units on portraiture 1500–1750, the art of the Grand Tour, and art in the industrial age 1770-1880.

Undergraduate Diploma in History of Art II (2017/18) will introduce you to the most significant movements which emerged in Western Europe during the 20th century, from Cubism to Postmodernism, and their impact on painting, sculpture and architecture.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

History of art tutors

Dr Francis Woodman

Frank Woodman is ICE's Academic Director and Lecturer in Art History and Architecture. He teaches across a whole range of Roman and medieval art and architecture and his current interests include the architectural patronage of medieval women, the funding of parish church construction and the analytical dissection of major medieval monuments.

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For more information about any of these qualifications courses, please contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.