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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 38 reviews.

  • 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...

  • Mrs L

  • 01-Jul-2021

The Art Institute on-line art appreciation course

I wanted an online course that would provide an overview of the major themes and influences in art and, at...

  • Michael Sessarego

  • 30-Jun-2021

I thought that the course was excellent…

I thought that the course was excellent and the feedback was very useful. The course introduced me to a number...

  • Sarah

  • 29-Jun-2021

Lockdown distraction

Decided to do this course at the start of lockdown 3 in the UK and it's been an absolute joy...

  • Sarah Buck

  • 28-Jun-2021

Back to basics

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to this point in the course. The course content for each module is fascinating and...

  • Natasha

  • 24-Jun-2021

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I appreciated the professionalism of the course and your academic approach.

  • Linden

  • 23-Jun-2021

Absolutely wonderful

I found the The Art Appreciation Course totally inspiring and enjoyable in every respect. It is very well structured overall...

  • Michael Coates

  • 23-Jun-2021

I enjoyed doing the course very much

I enjoyed doing the course very much. I found it to be efficiently managed and the comments from my tutor...

  • Michele Barrett

  • 21-Jun-2021

Diploma of Art Appreciation

I thoroughly enjoyed the supported learning, doing this Diploma at my own pace. Each module is expertly written in a...

  • 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...