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Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Dec 2014
How do we know what actors sounded like when they performed premieres of Shakespeare plays? The clues, as ever, are in the lines themselves...

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.

Doctor Who and human history

Doctor Who and human history Creative commons image Credit: Doctor Who Spoilers under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Nov 2013
In the Doctor Who historicals, the bad guys often won - no matter what the Doctor tried. Tony Keen looks at why the Doctor can not change the human...

TARDIS! The real police box in Doctor Who’s present, past, and future

TARDIS! The real police box in Doctor Who’s present, past, and future Copyrighted image Credit: © Photodynamx | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2013
In about a generation, the police box went from being a cutting-edge symbol of modernity, to being landfill. Does the Doctor also need a new TARDIS?

Design in a nutshell

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Design in a nutshell Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 May 2013
Get the lowdown on 6 key design movements and share your design alter-ego

A timeline of symphonies from 1900-1945

A timeline of symphonies from 1900-1945 Creative commons image Credit: an unsung Symphony / Jithin Radhakrishnan / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Nov 2011
A timeline of the major symphonic works produced in the first half of the 20th Century

Secret of the Winter Garden - Links

Secret of the Winter Garden - Links Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2005
Find out more about the secrets of the Winter Garden by following our weblinks and trying our book suggestions:

History of photography

History of photography Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2005
A very brief snapshot of the development of photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2005
Henri Cartier-Bresson raised photography to an art form.

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The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The unit will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime … these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's Poems

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit looks at the short poems in German that were set to music by Franz Schubert (1797–1828) for a single voice with piano, a genre known as ...

David Hume

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of 1755, ‘Of the...

Goya

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's career? This unit will guide you through the works of Goya and...

French Revolution

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural and...

Delacroix

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Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In this unit you will be introduced to a variety of Delacroix’s work and see how his paintings relate to the cultural transition from Enlightenment...

Brighton Pavilion

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In this unit we examine the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and its relationship to nineteenth century romanticism and exoticism. We begin with a...

Wilberforce

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. This unit explores...

Napoleonic paintings

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 21 Jun 2011
In this unit we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning with comparatively simple single...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

The art history dissertation

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The art history dissertation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 05 Dec 2014
Complete your MA in Art History with a dissertation of 16,000-18,000 words, on a subject of your choice, with the guidance of your tutor.  

Voices, texts and material culture

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Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...

MA Art History part 1

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module explores the foundational concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history, with reference to subjects ranging from...

The art history residential school

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Intermediate level Duration 150 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 08 May 2015
This art history residential school equips you to interpret artworks in an informed and critical manner, with guided visits to major London museums...