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The Art Institute

South Quay Building
189 Marsh Wall, 1st Floor
Canary Wharf
London E14 9SH

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For answers to our most commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

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International locations

We offer our course in 8 countries around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do I have to complete the course?

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.

How do I communicate with my tutor?

You can contact your tutor at any time through our secure student site, which you will gain access to once you enrol. Your tutor's role is to assess your assignments and provide you with feedback. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Do I have to attend any classes?

No. The courses are completed online. This means there are no classes to attend. You can study in your own time and at your own pace.

Do I have to have a background in art history?

No. The course is designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in art history.

Do I need computer skills?

Only basic computer skills are required to complete the online art appreciation course.

When can I start?

As the course is provided online, you have the flexibility to start when and where it suits you. If you enrolled today, for example, you could start straight away.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

Our courses are delivered online and all information is provided digitally. As soon as you join, you will gain access to our online student site. You can download the course materials as you proceed through each module. As the modules are provided in PDF format you can keep them for future reference and print if you wish. The only time we mail something out is when you successfully graduate our course.

What if I need more time?

If you need more time, you can purchase one of our affordable extensions. We currently offer 3, 6 and 12 month extensions.

Will I be able to chat with other students?

Yes. We have a dedicated student Facebook group, which allows you to connect with other like-minded students where you can discuss your assignments, the course and all things related to art.


Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on 51 reviews.

  • Richard

  • 15-Sep-2021

This Diploma is the perfect way to…learn about Art at every level in a way that fits in with your interest and availability.

The Art Institute Diploma is a great way to immerse yourself in art across a number of fascinating historical periods,...

  • Elizabeth Garrett

  • 12-Sep-2021

A rewarding challenge

The course has been a welcome distraction from concerns about everyday life through the pandemic. I have learned a great...

  • Lyn

  • 10-Sep-2021

Really enjoyed the challenge.

Really enjoyed the challenge of this course. Has definitely kept my mind active over lockdown and wet my appetite for...

  • Sofiia

  • 22-Aug-2021

A wonderful course

Videos would be a really nice addition I think. Otherwise great: wonderful learning experience, fast and thorough responses, and the...

  • Stewart McGill

  • 21-Aug-2021

New Discoveries and old favourites

I have really enjoyed undertaking this course,the tasks and feedback. I thought my perception was pretty good but realised just...

  • Vivien

  • 14-Aug-2021

Hugely enjoyable: a great balance of challenge and support

This course has hugely expanded my knowledge of both art and social history. An unexpected delight is that it has...

  • Stephen Magnus-Hannaford

  • 12-Aug-2021

A Life Changing Course

I was watching 'Fake or Fortune' on TV and thought I'd like to learn a bit about 'ART'. I wanted...

  • Ian

  • 09-Aug-2021

Thoroughly recommend the course to…

Thoroughly recommend the course to anyone with a desire in gain an appreciation of art. The quality of the modules was...

  • David Williams

  • 03-Aug-2021

This is an excellent course

This is an excellent course. My tutor's comments are always helpful and constructive. I just wish I had done the...

  • David Eade

  • 01-Aug-2021

The Course exceeded my expectations.

The Course exceeded my expectations. The material was brilliant, the support excellent and the Tutor couldn't have been more helpful. A great...

  • Mr Julian Berg

  • 29-Jul-2021

The modules are so well devised that…

The modules are so well devised that both a complete novice and someone well versed in art appreciation can gain...

  • Eve Showell

  • 17-Jul-2021

I have learnt so much and everything…

I have learnt so much and everything fits into a timeline. This course has been amazing! Wonderful modules and support...

  • Kathryn Turner

  • 14-Jul-2021

I am thoroughly enjoying working…

I am thoroughly enjoying working through the modules of this fascinating course. Since retiring, I now have more time to...

  • Sabine Reyersbach

  • 05-Jul-2021

The course was superb

The course was superb. The modules well written and very informative. The assignments really made you think about what you...

  • Ms Patricia Chadderton

  • 04-Jul-2021

This has been an incredible experience…

This has been an incredible experience .I knew very little about Art Appreciation and found the course content to be...