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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Looking for a way in to the captivating world of art history? Join expert tutors to explore key objects and principles on a journey that starts with early modern Britain, moves through 20th-century European art, and brings us right up-to-date with a look at postmodern and contemporary styles.

Key features

During this part-time online Certificate course, you will:

  • become familiar with major themes in visual culture from the classical to the contemporary;

  • feel empowered to conduct your own visual analyses of artworks across all media;

  • learn how to place artworks in their broader historical context, including political, cultural and theoretical.


Teaching & Assessment

As part of our open and inclusive learning environment, you can enjoy the world-class resources and expertise of the University of Cambridge wherever you are on your academic journey.

Our video-based teaching platforms offer a flexible way to access lectures, while our Virtual Learning Environment makes it easy to study and learn online and interact with your tutors and fellow students.

Our teaching methods include lectures and live seminars that include interactive learning activities. We will also give you reading and assignments to complete outside of classroom sessions.

You will be asked to submit an assignment at the end of each unit to demonstrate your learning. There are more details about how this course is assessed in the course guide we will send you once you have enrolled.



This course is equivalent to half of the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree. It offers 60 CATS credits, which are recognised by higher education institutions and employers.


How many hours of study are required?

The award of academic credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning and within the UK, one credit notionally represents 10 hours of learning. This course attracts 60 credits, so students should expect to need to study for approximately 600 hours in total to complete all units successfully. However, it is recognised that students study at different paces and use a variety of approaches, so this is a recommendation, rather than a hard-and-fast calculation.

SEEC Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education (2021) here

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

12 Oct 2024 to 13 Jun 2025

Course duration

3 Terms

Apply by

09 Sep 2024

Course fee


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