FAQs

Q. WHAT TIME ARE THE HISTORY OF ART CLASSES?

A. Our monthly History of Art classes are held each afternoon, Monday – Friday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm and include occasional Saturday morning visits from 10:00am to 11:30am.

 

Q. HOW LONG ARE THE HISTORY OF ART CLASSES?

A. History of Art classes are 1.5 hours per day; 7.5 hours per week; 30 hours in a 4 week course.

 

Q. ARE CLASSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH?

A. History of Art classes are taught exclusively in English, no knowledge of Italian is necessary. We provide students with handouts for each class containing a list of key terms and vocabulary words, some of which may be in Italian.

 

Q. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO THE HISTORY OF ART LECTURERS HAVE?

A. History of Art lectures and visits are led by our internationally renowned team of academics and art world professionals. All of our lecturers are educated to graduate level, and have lived and taught in Italy for many years. Every lecturer combines his or her expert knowledge with infectious excitement for the material, inspiring our students throughout the courses.

 

Q. HOW MUCH HOMEWORK WILL I HAVE TO DO?

A. There is no required homework for the History of Art classes. We do, however, provide the students with online readings and an extensive bibliography. How much time you invest in studying the material outside of the classroom is up to you!

 

Q. CAN I COMBINE HISTORY OF ART WITH ANY OTHER COURSES?

A. Yes, you can combine the History of Art courses with either Fine Arts or Italian Language courses. The course dates coincide and the course timetables are organised so that all three courses can be taken in the same month.

 

Q. CAN I TAKE HISTORY OF ART EVEN IF I HAVE NEVER STUDIED IT BEFORE?

A. Our courses are accessible to those coming to the subject with no previous background in History of Art, but are at the same time pitched at a level that will engage all those who are already familiar with the subject. It is possible to take the courses by week or even by session.

 

Q. I STUDIED HISTORY OF ART SOME YEARS AGO, ARE THESE COURSES CATERED TO EXPERTS OR NOVICES?

A. Our courses are accessible for students of all backgrounds, yet the course is intensive and designed to be challenging even for those with prior History of Art experience. The online course materials provide the students with slides, additional readings, and all-encompassing bibliographies. With the online course materials and the Harold Acton Library at your disposal, the opportunities for learning are endless!

 

Q. DO I NEED TO BUY ANY COURSE BOOKS?

A. No, all material needed for the course will be provided by the Institute via the online course pages.

 

Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO LECTURES?

A. All material needed for the course will be provided by the Institute. The only thing that you will need to bring is something to write with and a notebook.

 

Q. HOW SHOULD I DRESS FOR SITE VISITS?

A. Please dress appropriately for visiting churches and museums. Modest clothing (shirts covering shoulders and knee-length skirts or shorts) are required to enter in sacred spaces. Ladies especially, it is often a good idea to carry a light scarf to wrap around your shoulders or waist as a cover-up. Wear sturdy shoes for long periods of walking and standing during the visits. In case of rain, be sure to bring an umbrella.

 

Q. CAN I TAKE JUST ONE WEEK OF A HISTORY OF ART COURSE?

A. Yes, it is possible to take just one week of a History of Art course. Our courses are designed so that you may enrol for however many months, weeks, or individual sessions (max 3) you would like.

 

Q. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK?

A. There are no booking deadlines. However, some courses fill up quickly so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. If you would like the Institute to arrange your accommodation then we ask that students enrol at least two months before so that there is time to find appropriate accommodation.

 

Q. WILL I BE PROVIDED WITH A CERTIFICATE UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE?

A. We do not offer certification or accreditation for Monthly Courses. Generally, students follow our courses for their own curiosity and personal fulfilment.

 

Q. WHO TAKES COURSES AT THE INSTITUTE?

A. Courses at the Institute are open to adults of all ages and nationalities, although most people studying with us are British. Ages range from 18 - 60+ and people usually stay from 1 - 12 wks.

 

Q. WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET OTHER STUDENTS?

A. You will have the chance to meet other students by taking part in the Cultural Programme, Thursday Afternoon Tea, and other events hosted by the British Institute.