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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art: Classical to Renaissance is a one-year, part-time, Certificate course that offers a broad survey of visual culture across millennia and is an ideal entry point for anyone wanting to be introduced to the discipline of art history, key objects and principles.

Progression for students studying this course is provided in the Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art: Early Modern to Contemporary, due to run in 2024-25.

Our undergraduate courses are now being delivered entirely online, enabling students to study flexibly with the University of Cambridge from anywhere in the world.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


The content, activities and interaction for each of the three units will be taught remotely using video-based teaching platforms and an online course Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE's Virtual Learning Environment. Teaching methods will include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, interactive and experiential learning activities, reading and assignments to be completed by participants outside classroom sessions and online discussion forums. 

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. Your learning will be enhanced by: 

  • engaging with scheduled teaching sessions;  
  • participating in class activities and discussion; 
  • undertaking reading and assignments set by the tutor; 
  • accessing resources and submitting assignments through the VLE

Course Timeline

  • Unit 1 start: 6th October 2023
  • Unit 1 end date: 3rd January 2024
  • Unit 2 start: w/c 1st January 2024
  • Unit 2 end date: 20th March 2024
  • Unit 3 start: 1st April 2024
  • Unit 3 end date: 14th June 2024

Provisional lecture dates and times

Unit 1

  • Saturday 7 October 2023, 3-5pm
  • Thursday 12 October 2023, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 19 October 2023, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 21 October 2023, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 26 October 2023, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 2 November 2023, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 9 November 2023, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 11 November 2023, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 16 November 2023, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 23 November 2023, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 25 November 2023, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 30 November 2023, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 7 December 2023, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 9 December 2023, 3 - 5pm

Unit 2

  • Saturday 6 January 2024, 3.30-5pm
  • Thursday 11 January 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 18 January 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 25 January 2024, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 27 January 2024, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 1 February 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 8 February 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 15 February 2024, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 17 February 2024, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 22 February 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 29 February 2024, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 2 March 2024, 3-5pm

Unit 3

  • Saturday 6 April 2024, 3.30-5pm
  • Thursday 11 April 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 18 April 2024, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 20 April 2024, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 25 April 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 2 May 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 9 May 2024, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 11 May 2024, 4-5pm
  • Thursday 16 May 2024, 7-9pm
  • Thursday 23 May 2024, 7-9pm
  • Saturday 25 May 2024, 3-5pm


Students are awarded a course mark on the basis of summative assignments totalling 9,000-12,000 words, equal to an assignment of circa 3,500 words per termly unit.

In addition to attending the scheduled teaching sessions and submitting assignments you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on. 

What is the status of this qualification?

The Certificate is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

06 Oct 2023 to 14 Jun 2024

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

04 Sep 2023

Course fee


Course director

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Course code