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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Take your knowledge of art history to the next level with an in-depth look at notable periods of British visual culture – all in the company of expert tutors and fellow enthusiasts. After core units on British art in the 17th and 18th centuries, the changing unit 3 for 2024 to 2025 will be ‘Art for the Tudors: Paint and Politics’.

Key features

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

  • study one of 2 complementary level 5 courses in history of art;

  • develop academic skills in research, analysis, evaluation and problem-solving;

  • prepare for further study at Advanced Diploma or postgraduate level, or simply boost your knowledge of these specialist subject areas.


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 tutor 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 a written 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 second year of a full-time undergraduate degree. You will earn 60 CATS credits on successful completion. CATS credits 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

19 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 5

Course code