Art & Design History

“Great works of art seem to look different every time one stands before them.  They seem to be as inexhaustible and unpredictable as real human beings.” (Gombrich, The Story of Art)

Do you enjoy looking at art and want to know more? Art History courses at Morley College enable you to explore a variety of themes and ideas from the past and present by looking at paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, architecture, ceramics, textiles, furniture, installation, photography and film.

Our Courses

Classes take place offsite at galleries where you can examine the works in situ and onsite at Morley where you will learn by looking at large, vibrant projected images.  Whether you wish to study for fun, want to contextualise your practice as an artist, or are considering going to university, we have a course for you.
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Our Tutors

Our tutors have specialist knowledge on a wide range of art historical subject matter, from the art and architecture of Byzantium through to the art and architecture of London; from the paintings of Renaissance Italy and 17th century Flanders through to the paintings and installations of contemporary artists in Britain; from the sculptors of medieval Europe, the ceramicists of Japan, the textile artists of Africa and the designers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Morley’s Art Collection

Did you know that Morley College has an art collection which is on permanent display?  This includes works by Edward Bawden, John Piper, Bridget Riley, Maggi Hambling and Denzil Forrester.  We also have regular exhibitions in the Morley Gallery and other spaces within the college, which aim to support the creative development of artists working across all art forms. Our displays, exhibitions and art collection are publicly accessible and can be visited during College opening hours.

Take part by coming to Private Views, workshops, and talks on the artists and works on display. 

See what's going on at the gallery.