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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 nutrition.


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...

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  • 16-Jun-2021

An exciting discovery!

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  • 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…

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....