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The Art Appreciation Course
The Art Appreciation Course
The Art Appreciation Course
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The Art Appreciation Course

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 Enrolment Guide

Why should I take this course?

Gain a broad understanding of western art, its history and the world that surrounds it.

The Art Appreciation Course at a glance

Course Summary

Art and antiques consultant, broadcaster, international lecturer and writer Hilary Kay has brought together 12 passionate art specialists to create an introductory course, designed to provide you with a broad understanding of western art, its history and the world that surrounds it.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Artistic styles, specific artistic movements, pivotal paintings and artists
  • Great cultural, intellectual and social transformations thoughout history
  • New technologies, new materials and new theories about the nature of art
  • How some art has become a commodity and delve into the business of trading art
  • The history of Australian Art and the domestic Art Market


Important Information

Award: Certificate in Art Appreciation
Course Length: Self-paced~12 months
Mode: Online
Commitment: 4-6 hours per week
Access Requirements: Internet connection
Prerequisites: None
Start Date: Anytime
Institution: The Art Institute
Course Information

This Art Appreciation Course is an online course directed by art expert Hilary Kay written by some of the best working art practitioners in their field. Our aim with this course is to ensure graduating students receive the knowledge and skills required to take the first steps towards a new career or as a keen hobbyist.

Module 1
History of Western Art
As the title suggests this module introduces the course to the student in broad terms. It will introduce artistic styles, specific artistic movements, pivotal paintings, and artists. The subject matter will explain painting structure; technique, medium, style, approach, and themes from cave decorations to contemporary art. It will include relevant sculptures, applied art and architecture, and demonstrate how the works of art are historically and artistically connected.

Module 2
The Renaissance
Considered by many to be the greatest period of creative and intellectual achievement, the author discusses the Renaissance from its origins in 13th-century humanism to the 16th century when the artistic climate in Europe changed dramatically. Focusing on the works by notable artists of the period and discussing styles and themes, the author provides an understanding of the great cultural, intellectual, and social transformation that swept across Europe at that time.

Module 3
Seventeenth-Century Art
This module discusses the artistic, religious, and cultural movements of the 17th century and how these spread across the continent of Europe. The course will explain the artistic styles of the period and how technical and social advancements inspired the artists and their patrons.

Module 4
Eighteenth-Century Art
The author explores the developments primarily in the European fine arts of the 18th century. While the focus will be on painting, other media including drawing, prints, and sculpture will be included alongside aspects of landscape gardening and interior design. The module explains how war, religion, commerce, and the pursuit of the empire came to influence the art and culture of the time.

Module 5
Nineteenth-Century Art
Here the course concentrates on 19th-century painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the western world. The 19th century is a rich period, artistically and historically from the Revolutions in France and America up to the end of the Victorian era; a period when art and artists were influenced by conflict, by industrial advancement, by travel, and by the development of consumerism.

Module 6
The Impressionists & Beyond
The impressionist painters of the 19th century were so influential on the future development of art that they warrant a separate module. The styles, techniques, and philosophy of this major movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be discussed in detail, as will the artists’ avant-garde lifestyles and the public’s initial reaction to what today is recognised as a hugely influential period in art.

Module 7
Art Deco & Art Nouveau
The two different and instantly recognisable 20th-century styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco had a great influence on art and design of the period. The styles were both immensely popular and were seen as revolutionary at the time. Their origins, their influences, their global reach and the politics of the time will be explained in this segment of the course.

Module 8
Cubism, Abstraction, Surrealism
This module discusses important movements in Modern Art evolving at the turn of the 20th century and proliferating through much of the last century. The political turmoil and the unsettling atmosphere of industrial disputes, social upheaval, and mechanized warfare are influences seen in the works of art of the day. The author will explain the trends and artistic styles of the times choosing particular works and explaining their importance, their medium, and their context.

Module 9
Modern Art: Post Cubism to 1980
The period of art described as Modern Art in this module starts after Cubism and takes us on a rollercoaster artistic ride to the late seventies. The author reveals the extraordinary pace of artistic progress over the decades, introduces the pivotal works of art of this era, and places them in their cultural and social context.

Module 10
Contemporary Art from 1980
The art discussed in this chapter comes from the era after Modern Art and introduces different concepts of art as it is made today, Artworks in their broadest form will be explored; new technologies, new materials, and new theories about the nature of art, including film, video, computers, three-dimensional works, live elements, and performances. Often at odds with the public and sometimes at odds with the critics, our author explains why these works hold an important place in the development of art in its widest sense.

Module 11
The Art Market
Our expert in this module discusses how some art has become a commodity and looks at the business of trading art. It will give you an overview of the international art market today, explore the different ways in which art is valued, and how the market is subdivided, from paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, sculpture, silver, porcelain, and more. You will learn how auction houses, art galleries, and dealers work, be given an outline of the major international art markets, and will discover the highest priced artists today and the reasons for their popularity.

Module 12
Australian Art from Colonialism to Contemporary
To complete the Art Appreciation Course we are taking a close look at the history of Australian Art and the domestic Art Market, from the first explorers recording their escapades to present-day artists adding to national heritage. This module will examine the most significant Australian artists, including indigenous artists, and explain the structures and styles over the last 200 odd years. The author describes how the formative ideas of the colonial spirit evolved into the current national identity.

Course Provider

The Art Appreciation Course is presented and curated by art consultant Hilary Kay. Hilary has brought together 12 passionate art specialists to present you with a course designed to provide you with a broad understanding of western art, its history, and the world that surrounds it. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the authors will ensure that you find the course both fulfilling and enjoyable.

Hilary Kay is an art and antiques consultant, broadcaster, international lecturer, and writer.

She is one of the most familiar faces on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow having joined this successful and long-running programme as an expert in 1979. Hilary has featured in countless other television and radio programmes and, in 2010, she won BBC TV's Celebrity Mastermind.

Her career in art and antiques began in 1977 when she joined Sotheby's, rising rapidly to head of department; the following year she became Sotheby's youngest ever auctioneer when she took her first sale at the age of 21.

During her career at Sotheby's Hilary developed auctions in innovative areas of collecting including the world's first auction of rock memorabilia in 1981. She created and established the first expert training programmes within the company and worked extensively with Sotheby's education division, now Sotheby's Institute. She travelled regularly to Europe, North America, and Australia visiting and advising both collectors and institutions. When she left Sotheby's in 2000 she held the position of Senior Director leading a group of departments including motorcars, horology, wine, arms and armor, coins, musical instruments, and philately.

With an insight into the aspirations and requirements of corporations, institutions, and individuals in the sector she left Sotheby's and established Art and Antiques Events, a company, which today provides art and antiques-centered pursuits to the corporate market and to private clients (hilarykay.com).

To further popularise the world of art and antiques she devised and produced a theatre show, which toured the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Further Information

After You Enrol

Once enrolled in the course you will receive a username and password to access our secure student site. Your own personal tutor will be allocated within 24 hours and will be there to offer support and guide you to your first level of qualification.

Student Support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

You will find the tutorials easy to follow with no formal examinations necessary. Only basic computer skills are required and you will find the course captivating and the assignments fun and thought-provoking.

As the course is self-paced, you may take longer than the scheduled 24 weeks to complete your course. If necessary, you may take up to a year to finish your studies.

Cancellations & Refunds

All cancellations are subject to both the InspiringED.com Terms & Conditions and those of the institution delivering your course.

A $250 InspiringED.com administration fee will apply for all cancellations requested after 48 hours of your enrolment.

In addition, no refund will be available from the institution following 7 days of your enrolment.

Enrolment may be cancelled by completing our contact form HERE


Taking the plunge into online study can be daunting. So, don’t just take our word for it, read these encouraging testimonials from past students on how the experience of education has had a profound impact on their life.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the comprehensive modules which helped me gain a better understanding of the history of art. My tutor marked the modules quickly and gave encouraging, constructive feedback."Deborah Keats - Julia Creek, QLD


"The course materials are of a very high standard, the assignments are relevant and often deliciously provocative, the tutors provide outstanding support and the process is simple, effective and efficient."

Richard Yaxley - Brisbane, QLD


"It helped to fill in the gaps in history knowledge, and through my Tutor's guidance, the course challenged me into art writing, research and understanding the different eras of art history."
Maria Isabel Gonzalez - Sydney, NSW