Art Appreciation Course

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Features of the Course

The Art Appreciation Course is provided online.
You study at home in your own time and at your own pace.

Diploma Course

Art Appreciation Course curated and presented by Hilary Kay

Written by Leading Art Experts

12 different authors contribute their expertise

24/7 Support

Ask for assistance at any time


An opportunity to connect with other students globally


No pressure to meet deadlines

Payment Options

Flexible payment options

Starting Dates

Start your course when it suits you


7 day money back guarantee

Personal Tutor

Tutors are drawn from major Art institutions and will guide you through the course


Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews.

  • Mary

  • 17-Jun-2021

The UK Art Institute A Best Kept Secret

The course was outstanding in content. My tutor, Libby gave highly useful and thoughtful feedback making the experience one of...

  • Sue Greenhalgh

  • 16-Jun-2021

An exciting discovery!

When I retired from teaching, I was quite concerned that my life couldn't possibly be as stimulating and rewarding....and then...

  • Les

  • 16-Jun-2021

Enjoyable and thought provoking

I have enjoyed this course I've found it to be informative and thought provoking. The assignment feedback has been returned...

  • David Barber

  • 16-Jun-2021

Art During Lockdown

I very much enjoyed my two courses with The Art Institute: the main course and the advanced courses. These two...

  • Fiona Hawkins

  • 16-Jun-2021

Art Appreciation Course with The Art…

Art Appreciation Course with The Art Insititute The course was very efficently run. Each module was interesting and the module handbook...

  • Pam Mallalieu

  • 16-Jun-2021

I learned so much from this diploma

I learned so much from this diploma. I extended the time because I wanted to do more reading around each...

  • Professor Veronica Bishop

  • 16-Jun-2021

I thought I knew a bit about art. ....

Before I started this course I thought I knew a bit about art and was sure of what I liked...

  • Emma

  • 16-Jun-2021

Wonderful experience.

Completed the course during the first lockdown and was delighted to get the Diploma. If you take it seriously the...

  • Mrs Haig

  • 16-Jun-2021

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course…

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has greatly increased my understanding and appreciation of modern art which is...

  • Mrs Janet Holm

  • 16-Jun-2021

A life saver

I started the course in 2020 because I needed something new to focus on during lockdown. During the winter it...

  • Grace

  • 16-Jun-2021

If you have a love of art but have…

If you have a love of art but have lacked the knowledge or confidence to understand why a particular artwork...

  • penelope treadwell

  • 16-Jun-2021

A stimulating and enjoyable experience

I undertook this course because as an amateur artist I wanted to know more about the painters I admired. I...

  • Annalisa De Domenici Cohen

  • 16-Jun-2021

Art Institute student

I have always enjoyed and appreciated the beauty of art in all its forms, but having done this course it...

  • Mr. Simon Mighall

  • 16-Jun-2021

A wonderful course

A wonderful course, which though taxing, brings great enjoyment. Superb notes and brilliant tutors. I cannot recommend highly enough. I...

  • Mr David Wallington

  • 16-Jun-2021

Hugely rewarding course

This has been a boon for months of lockdown. The course has been stimulating, the feedback very prompt and helpful....

The Course

The Art Appreciation Course is provided by The Art Institute, presented and curated by art and antiques consultant Hilary Kay. Hilary 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. The Art Institute is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers: UK Provider Reference Number is 10027300.

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Course Outline

The Art Appreciation course is delivered online, consisting of 12 comprehensive modules and 12 corresponding assignments. The course is designed to be self-paced. Normally you would expect to be dedicating on average about 4-6 hours per week for 24 weeks. However, many students take up to one year to complete their studies because of family or work commitments.

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Advanced Modules

Students have the opportunity to delve deeper into specific areas of interest in art by purchasing Advanced Modules. These are similar to short courses and are specially formulated materials to challenge motivated students to achieve more.

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About Hilary Kay

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.

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In partnership with UNICEF, The Institute donates £3.00 from each enrolment to the children in the Syria crisis. This money will help to provide a safe education to the children in war-torn Syria. UNICEF’s aim this year is to assist in providing a formal and safe education for 1.2 million children in Syria. This includes the provision of facilities, school furniture, qualified teachers, rehabilitation, safe learning environments, and learning materials. We are very privileged to be working with UNICEF towards this goal.

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The Authors

Each module has been written by a different author recognised in his or her area of expertise. All authors, including the tutors have been drawn from major art institutions, academia and from the international art world. They are all passionate about their subject; they have wide experience in teaching their chosen field to an eclectic audience and are keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you.

Our Tutors

Our handpicked tutors are not only great teachers but experts in their fields.
Libby Anson
Libby Anson is a writer, artist, creative and professional development coach and lecturer.

Stephen Farthing

Stephen Farthing studied at St Martin's School of Art, London (1969-73) before taking his Masters Degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (1973-76).

Student Testimonials

Take a moment to read some of our graduate testimonials.
Sally Christine Jefferies


This is a brilliant course if you want to appreciate art and its history, have a better understanding of the art world and be more curious about the context that precipitated changes in art.

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Majella Horgan


Each module is beautifully presented in an easy-to-digest fashion, written by revered historians with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The recommended reading lists are second to none and are very beneficial for those wishing to expand their learning.

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Sarah Jane Ross

Bridport, West Dorset

Each module has been carefully constructed by leaders in their field. I felt privileged to be guided by my tutor's vast wisdom, credentials and art world gravitas.

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Eamonn McGuinness


Having completed this course, I feel that I have new eyes that view art in a completely different way than before. I now know that I previously viewed art on a purely surface level.

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Alison Merrett

Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

As someone who has spent many hours in galleries looking at paintings and wanting to have a deeper understanding of art and its history, this has been the perfect course for me.

It is a very well put-together package of modules, written by experts and each one a pleasure to read and to work through.

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Alan Curragh

Wells, Somerset

A very enjoyable and instructive course - the modules are challenging but certainly give you much to think about, with suggestions for follow-up books, websites, museums, and galleries to visit.

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Course Fees

We offer a number of flexible payment options.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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International locations

We offer our course in 8 countries around the world.

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With all our courses being 100% online, we are running as normal during the COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns.
Our staff are working remotely and tutor/student support is available as usual. We have also modified our learning requirements to allow all students to complete their assignments entirely from home, in isolation or lockdown situations.

We wish you the best of health and safety during this difficult time we are all facing.