Our Online Art Appreciation Course

Embark on an enriching journey through the history of Western art with our Art Appreciation course. This comprehensive online art history course is expertly curated to broaden your understanding of art, its evolution, and the context in which it exists, from ancient times to the contemporary era.


Diploma Course

  • 12 Modules and Assignments
  • 12 Months to Study
  • Receive a Diploma of Art Appreciation
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Optional Add Ons

Advanced Modules

Advanced Modules

  • Specialized Short Courses
  • Specialized Tutors
  • Additional 6-Month Extension
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
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Online Workshops

  • Learn Live with Industry Experts
  • Develop Hands-on Skills
  • Connect with Local and International Students
  • Stay Current with the Latest Art Information
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We strongly believe in providing the best quality service and learning experience available online. We have partnered with a number of third-party accreditation bodies to give students peace of mind and confidence in studying with us.

Discover the Foundations of Art Appreciation

Art appreciation is a gateway to understanding human history, culture, and emotions expressed through creative works. This course, designed by art and antiques consultant Hilary Kay, along with a team of passionate art specialists, offers an introduction designed to equip you with a broad understanding of Western art, its history, and the surrounding world.

Explore the Fundamental Principles of Art History

Immerse yourself in the pivotal moments of art history and explore the fundamental principles that have shaped Western art through detailed modules:

  • Introduction to Western Art: Discover the evolution of artistic styles, movements, and the work of pivotal artists from cave paintings to contemporary art.
  • Renaissance to Modernism: Dive into the Renaissance, the golden age of art, through to the groundbreaking changes of Modernism, understanding the cultural, intellectual, and social transformations along the way.
  • Art Movements of the 20th Century: Examine key art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, and their impact on the art world.
  • The Art Market: Gain insights into the commercial side of art, understanding how art becomes a commodity and the workings of the art market today.

Learn How to Critically Engage with Art

This course is not just about learning about art history; it is designed to develop your skills to critically engage with art. Learn to:

  • Analyze and Interpret Artworks: Understand the context, techniques, and symbolism behind artworks to appreciate their deeper meanings.
  • Form Artistic Opinions: Build confidence in developing and expressing your own viewpoints on art.
  • Understand the Artist's Motivations: Explore the inspirations and motivations behind artists' works from past to present.

Study When It Suits You

The flexibility of our course structure means you can begin your journey into art appreciation at any time that suits you. There are no fixed start dates, allowing you to enroll and start learning immediately or at a time that aligns with your personal and professional commitments. This flexibility ensures that education in art and art history is accessible to everyone, regardless of their current life situation.

Our Certificate of Art Appreciation is designed to be self-paced, accommodating your schedule and pace of learning. Students are provided with 12 months to complete the course. Should you need more time, extensions can be purchased, offering additional flexibility to ensure you can complete your studies without pressure.

The self-paced nature of our course allows you to engage with the material fully, apply your learning in practical assignments, and even balance your studies with work or personal commitments. With around-the-clock access to course materials and support from our dedicated tutors, you have the freedom to study whenever and wherever suits you best.

Find out more about self-paced learning and how it can fit into your life: Frequently Asked Questions

What Will I Achieve?

Upon completing the course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of Western art history.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyze and appreciate art.
  • Join a global community of art enthusiasts and professionals.

Kickstart Your Journey in Art Appreciation with Personalized & Expert Guidance

Our dedication to your growth extends far beyond offering high-quality education. Through personalized guidance and expert mentorship, our program does more than teach the fundamentals of art history—it sets you on the path to further learning and an entry into the art and culture industry.

Each tutor at our institute is not only a seasoned industry professional but also a dedicated mentor, providing tailored feedback on your work. This approach ensures you get the targeted support and insights necessary to refine your abilities and build your confidence. Our mentorship adapts to your unique educational journey, offering precise, constructive feedback to facilitate your progress.

Enrolling in our internationally recognized and accredited course means acquiring a comprehensive skillset and evaluable credentials that significantly enhance your career prospects in the art world. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for success, whatever your career ambitions are.

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Unmatched Online Learning Experiences with The Art Institute

As part of our dynamic online community, you'll connect with expert tutors and like-minded students, engaging in discussions, sharing ideas, and drawing inspiration from a network of creative minds. This supportive educational environment is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower you on your path within the world of art appreciation.

Our Community

As part of your learning journey, you'll gain access to our vibrant online community. Through dedicated Facebook groups, you'll have the opportunity to connect with fellow students and professionals from around the world.

Share your ideas, seek advice, gain inspiration, and even collaborate on projects. This community engagement is an invaluable aspect of your learning experience, providing support, networking opportunities, and a sense of belonging to a global network of art lovers.

Read testimonials from our student community or see what our students are up to via our #onlineartstudent tag.

Art Appreciation

Diploma Course

What Does the Diploma Course Cover?

Our carefully crafted curriculum encompasses 12 comprehensive modules tailored to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in art appreciation, including artistic styles, specific artistic movements, pivotal paintings and artists, and more.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills required to take the first steps towards a new career in the world of art appreciation.

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Advanced Modules

For students eager to expand their expertise in art appreciation beyond the basic curriculum, our Advanced Modules offer a chance to delve into innovative subjects and current art trends. Dive into specialized topics like Australian Art from Colonialism to Contemporary and British Art from Holbein to Hirst.

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Online Workshops

We provide a range of online workshops centered on hands-on, practical experiences in art appreciation, led by industry professionals. These sessions provide a unique opportunity to learn from leading art experts and experienced tutors, improve your critical thinking skills, and engage with art and art history on a deeper level.

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Start your journey today! We have no set start dates, and with our 7-day money-back guarantee, you can join risk-free! Have questions? Get in touch, and our friendly support team will get back to you.

Art Appreciation Blog Posts

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Blog POsts

The Art Institute outdid itself with this course and kept its promise to deliver quality education. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore and appreciate the world of art.

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