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OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015

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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?

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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...

El Greco: 400 years since his death

El Greco: 400 years since his death Copyright free image Copyright free: 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.

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Goya

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Oct 2015
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...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 03 Oct 2014
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

Delacroix

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Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 22 Sep 2014
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...

The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
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

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 11 Mar 2014
In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning...

Brighton Pavilion

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 11 Mar 2014
In this free course, Brighton Pavilion, we examine the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and its relationship to nineteenth-century Romanticism and...

David Hume

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
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...

French Revolution

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural...

Wilberforce

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. This free course...

Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems

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Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 02 Jul 2013
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 ...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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Exploring art and visual culture Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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Renaissance art reconsidered Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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

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MA Art History part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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...