Explore.
Watch, listen, debate & discover with our experts

RSS Icon

OpenLearn Live: 4th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th March 2016 Creative commons image Lawrence Berkeley Nat'l Lab - Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Updated 04 Mar 2016
Supercomputing never went away - it just got more and more super; and 100 years of Dada. Then more free learning across the day.

Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern

Featuring: Audio Audio
Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside today? Are you baffled by modern...

OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015

Featuring: Audio Audio
OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
The dog who uncovered an amazing cave, and a very short introduction to Boolean logic. Then more free learning through the day.

Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life Copyrighted image Copyright: Jake Leong Chee Ong | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours exploring colours and what...

The Problem with Pink

The Problem with Pink Copyright free image Copyright free: Public Domain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Oct 2015
What connotations does the colour pink have? Can art history tell us anything about its links to femininity? Dr Emma Barker explores...

Colour in Byzantine Art

Colour in Byzantine Art
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Sep 2015
What purpose do different colours serve in religious paintings? Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou explores...

Arts & Humanities Tasters

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

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

Featuring: Video Video
Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
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...

Free OpenLearn courses.
OU course extracts and exclusive free courses

RSS Icon

Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

Free Course Free Course
Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Copyright: Scala, Florence
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and...

The Enlightenment

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
The Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of...

Napoleonic paintings

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Napoleonic paintings Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning...

Goya

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Goya Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's career? This free course will guide you through the works of Goya...

Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Audio Audio
Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
This free course, Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems, looks at the short poems in German that were set to music by Franz Schubert ...

David Hume

Free Course Free Course
David Hume Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of...

Delacroix

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Delacroix Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
In this free course, Delacroix, you will be introduced to a variety of Delacroix's work and will see how his paintings relate to the cultural...

Wilberforce

Free Course Free Course
Wilberforce Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. This free course...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Robert Owen and New Lanark Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

French Revolution

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Audio Audio
French Revolution Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural...

Become an OU student.
Change your life with a qualification

RSS Icon

Certificate of Higher Education Open

Course Course
Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
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

Course Course
BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
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

Course Course
Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

Course Course
Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
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

Course Course
Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

Course Course
BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Voices, texts and material culture

Course Course
Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...

Exploring art and visual culture

Course Course
Exploring art and visual culture Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module will help you develop an extensive knowledge of art and of the debates that have shaped our understanding of this exciting and...

Renaissance art reconsidered

Course Course
Renaissance art reconsidered Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Renaissance art wasn’t just confined to Italy, as traditional courses would have it… discover new social, geographical and subject areas where its...

MA Art History part 1

Course Course
MA Art History part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This module explores the foundational concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history, with reference to subjects ranging from...