The Art Appreciation Course

This Art Appreciation Course is a Diploma course directed by art and antiques consultant 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.

Course Structure

  • The Art Appreciation Course is delivered online
  • The course consists of 12 modules and 12 assignments.
  • Students must own or have access to a computer to complete the assignments.
  • The average time required to complete the course is 24 weeks. However, we provide students with 12 months. Extensions can be purchased if extra time is required.
  • All 12 assignments must be completed before graduation.
  • Graduates are awarded a Diploma in Art Appreciation.

How to study online?

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 and extensions are available if required.

I have spent my life enjoying art but not fully appreciating it, however, The Art Appreciation course run by the Art Institute course changed all this. The course, focusing on Western art, satisfied my need to understand more and appreciate art and the art market.

Linda Waite


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