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A History of Western Art

A History of Western Art will provide you with insight to a chronological overview of Western art through key works and events from the Medieval period through to the late 20th century. You will explore artists’ processes and techniques as well as the historical context in which they worked. This course is divided into two parts and you can enrol for one or both.

Please Note: This course is being delivered Online using Microsoft Teams. Please download the Microsoft Teams application prior to enrolling to ensure that you are able to use it on your device.

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What topics are covered?

Part One – Autumn term: Gothic; Italian Renaissance; Northern Renaissance; High Renaissance; Mannerism; Baroque – Italian and Northern; Rococo; British C18 Landscape and portraiture; Approximate finish date 1800.

Part Two – Summer term: Romanticism; Realism (inc Pre-Raphaelites); Impressionism; Post-Impressionism; Cubism; Futurism; Fauvism; Expressionism; Constructivism; De Stijl; Dada; Surrealism; Abstract Expressionism; Pop Art; Op Art; Minimalism. The concluding session will allude to the fragmentation post-1975 and the increase of conceptualisation.

Who is the course aimed at?

Suitable for anyone interested in art. No prior knowledge necessary.

Who will be my tutor?

Andrew Foyle studied Art and Architectural History at the University of Bristol and took a Masters degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art, focussing on the architecture of the 16th to the 19th centuries. He works as an architectural historian and wrote the Pevsner ‘Buildings of England’ volume for Somerset North and Bristol (2011)

How will I learn?

Lectures using projected illustrations, questioning and group discussions with informal group activities.

What can I do after this course?

A History of British Architecture

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

This is an Online Course so please join via Teams on your electronic device

What do I need to bring?

Students will need an electronic device (PC, Mac, Tablet or Phone) and the Microsoft Teams Application to participate in Online lessons via Teams

Writing materials or tablet/laptop if you prefer

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

17 reviews for A History of Western Art

  1. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Most interesting and enlightening.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Andrew’s enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and the background to paintings and artists flows seamlessly from his enclyclopedic knowledge of the subject. The parallels in architecture and music of the era add richness to the syllabus.

  3. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    A very enjoyable review of key phases of art from the 1200s to the end of the 18th century. The tutor makes it relaxing and interesting, though sometimes it can feel a bit too slow. Overall, suited to those with a real interest in art and history of art, but not to those who may already have knowledge of it.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5


  5. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Excellent and enjoyable course.
    Knowledgeable tutor.
    Thought provoking discussions!

  6. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This has been a remarkable achievement of communication, in which a century and a half of intense development has been packed into a relatively short time highly effectively.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew is a delightful guide but occasionally things got a little slow. Well chosen slides and good fun overall.

  8. (verified owner)

    3 out of 5

    I wish to register my interest for this course for 2018-19

  9. 5 out of 5

    Interesting and enjoyable. Has given me a new understanding about a subject that I knew very little about- I have signed up for the second part of this course. Andrew takes the trouble to let us know about radio or TV documentaries on related topics.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Foyle was the tutor for this course. The course was outstanding. Andrew was the very best tutor to have. He is so passionate and knowledgeable about this subject and he managed to engage all of us in the most lovely way each session. Nothing was too much trouble to explain or research further for us. This Tuesday session became a highlight of the week for several of us. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending the course to any future student. I felt I knew very little about this period of Western art history but now, I feel I have a good, broad, initial appreciation of the art movements involved as well as the main artists. The course has acted as an inspiration to find out more!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Really informative and enjoyable – will register for the other half of the course when it becomes available.
    Would be great to also do a History of Architecture course or Bath local history.

  12. 5 out of 5


  13. 4 out of 5

    The tutor was delightful and the group got on well. We covered many centuries of art styles and artists. It was friendly and informative. I get a thrill now when I recognise a painting that we discussed. I have recommended the course to other people.

    I would be interested in doing Andrew Foyle’s other courses on history of houses if it is offered again, as would several other classmates.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The course was perfectly pitched for those with none, as well as some, previous knowledge of art. The tutor made it very enjoyable for everyone and even joined us on some evenings out to attend art-related events. I wish there was a continuation course I could do and think this is something you should explore further as there are many people with a thirst for more! Well done and thank you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The tutor was delightful and the group got on well. We covered many centuries of art styles and artists. It was friendly and informative. I get a thrill now when I recognise a painting that we discussed. I have recommended the course to other people.
    I would be interested in doing other courses on history of houses if it is offered again, as would several other classmates.

  16. 5 out of 5

    I loved this course!! I looked forward to Wednesday nights every week it was on. It’s a bit of a whistle-stop tour of art history but every class was like a very very interesting informal lecture with questions & answers all the way through. The tutor is brilliant at engaging his audience. I thoroughly recommend it and if the tutor were to do a specialist course in (say) Renaissance Art I would enrol.

  17. 5 out of 5

    This was the 2nd term of the History of Western Art and I enjoyed the course just as much as I did the first term.

    I came away from both courses with a much greater appreciation of the many different styles of painting and the historical context within which the artists created their art. As a result, I feel both more enthusiastic and much better informed about the art available all around.

    The teacher is excellent with just the right balance of subject knowledge, enthusiasm for his subject and empathy for his audience. He pitched the course just right and I would be very interested in other courses that this teacher is teaching.

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