When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Gabriella Di Folco
  • Course Code W21LUSC32A

What you will learn

Absolute masterpieces tell the story of Italian art, and, in parallel, of Italian language. This higher intermediate course proposes a chronological "path" of artistic "itineraries", from the Roman mosaics and byzantine arts, to the works by "top league" and revolutionary artists like Beato Angelico, Mantegna, and Antonio Canova, while giving an opportunity to revise and practice grammatical structures and language at a higher intermediate level. Each "itinerary" analyses a single masterpiece with the help of beautiful photos, related text and activities and it presents it in its historical, social, and cultural context, with a focus both on its intrinsic artistic value and on its wider significance for History of Art.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe artistic works and discuss their value
  • Read texts on artistic masterpieces and their historical, social and cultural context
  • Listen descriptions of artistic works, while learning art-related vocabulary
  • Revise and practice grammatical structures at an higher intermediate level


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will communicate with video lessons, focus on the language with learning activities and materials between lessons, become more confident in using vocabulary and various language structures. You will get clear guidance and ongoing, regular and informal feedback from your tutor, in a friendly and supportive environment. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.

    Entry requirements

    No formal qualifications are necessary; a working knowledge (intermediate) of the Italian language is required to be able to follow the course in Italian only.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will do independent reading, research and language activities before every lesson. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required.

    What you need

    You will need a device to access online video sessions and materials (handouts and links to various websites) supplied by your tutor in Moodle.

    What you can do next

    Your will be able to progress to the next term.