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Arts & Humanities Tasters

Arts & Humanities Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Is Arts & Humanities for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Mathematics of beauty

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Mathematics of beauty Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation introduces the Golden Ratio, while mathematician Vicky Neale looks at why mathematics itself is beautiful in the radio episode. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Philosophy of good taste

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Philosophy of good taste Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation holds a mirror up to Burke's ideas on what is sublime, while on radio philosopher and wine enthusiast Barry Smith samples David Hume...

El Greco: 400 years since his death

El Greco: 400 years since his death Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2014
On the 400th anniversary of El Greco's death, we revisit the man, and how his exposure to varied visual cultures developed a unqiue style.

Inspired by the public

Inspired by the public Creative commons image Credit: Sandra Boks
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Dec 2013
Experimenting with public participation at the Kröller-Müller Museum, 2010-2014.

Masterpiece Me

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Masterpiece Me Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 May 2011
Ever wanted to see how Warhol might have made you look? What about Monet or Picasso? Here's your chance...

Mapping the city, taming the city

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Mapping the city, taming the city Creative commons image Credit: jntolva under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 May 2011
As people come to live in urban spaces, how do they come to terms with their surroundings? Gillian Rose explains some of the ways we make sense of...

I'm your recreator, Luke

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I'm your recreator, Luke Copyrighted image Credit: J Garrattley under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2011
By slicing up Star Wars into pieces and inviting people to rework those scenes, Casey Pugh did more than just rework the movie.

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Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Nov 2014
This unit introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of different examples of graffiti, including...

An introduction to material culture

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An introduction to material culture Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 24 Sep 2014
This unit is an introduction to the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines some basic approaches to studying...

Musée du Louvre

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Aug 2014
The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, but how were they brought together as a collection?...

Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern

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Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Nov 2013
What is art? What is visual culture? How have they changed through history? This unit explores the fundamental issues raised by the study of...

Textiles in Ghana

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Textiles in Ghana Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Textiles in Ghana carry a far greater importance than you might expect. This unit will help you to understand how textiles can carry an assortment...

Picturing the family

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Picturing the family Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Besides being simple mementos family photographs can offer insights into the past. This unit looks at some of the ways photographs can reveal, and...

Commemoration: Visual texts

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Commemoration: Visual texts Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit explores the commemoration of war through treating two war memorials – the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Royal Artillery Memorial – as ...

War memorials and commemoration

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit gives you the opportunity to practise good study techniques using the theme of commemoration and memorials. It will help you to begin to...

Art in Renaissance Venice

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
This unit considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's geographical location and ethnically...