Heather Carpenter

Auckland, New Zealand

I think this course gives a great overview of the key stages of art history that have influenced the shape of artwork across the centuries.

The course was a good balance of both the aesthetic and cultural concerns of the periods. Tutor feedback is well thought through and actively encourages wider reading, as do the questions!


Margaret Whittaker

Christchurch, New Zealand

I enjoyed this course very much.

It was challenging for sure, but also interesting and engaging so that it never seemed like too daunting a task to have to complete another assignment.

I feel it has given me a well rounded insight into all periods and styles of art, from the earliest of times to the present day, and it has encouraged me to continue studying the period which interested me the most. My tutor was encouraging in his comments as well as helpful with suggestions on how to improve my assignments. The modules were beautifully illustrated and concisely and clearly written.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Art and prepared for an interesting and satisfying challenge.

Clare Toovey

Masterton, New Zealand

I am so glad I came across this course and had the courage to register. I was looking for a way to learn more about art history but needed something I could work at from home flexibly and at my own pace. The course has provided a most interesting challenge and has given me hours of pleasure over this last year as I've been taken on a tour of art through the ages, reading well written modules produced by obviously passionate experts.

More than simply providing the modules, the Institute requires input through its well thought out and challenging but achievable assignments. This keeps you focussed and importantly it ensures true learning and therefore greater satisfaction. Student support was great, particularly helpful when I needed to seek an extension because of ill health. My tutor was exceptionally efficient marking modules and he provided extremely constructive and supportive feedback. I have purchased an Advance Module and will look forward to deepening my understanding of particular areas of art history. I would certainly recommend it to you.

Many thanks, the Art Institute!

Stephen Boyd

Whangarei, New Zealand

I found doing the Online art appreciation course much easier than having to go through a tertiary education establishment, especially since I work full time.

The course material provided was excellent and concise and I found that the questions asked enabled me to delve deeper into areas of importance. The course could be completed quite easily in 6 months, with some discipline in study skills. I took a little longer.

I would like to thank my tutor Stephen Farthing for his guidance throughout the course and Josephine at student support for her help and friendly emails when I had issues.

I have already purchased an advanced course and will buy any others that are released at a later date.

All the very best for the future.


Anna-Lisa Michelle Roberts

Whangarei, New Zealand

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Excellent tutor directions. I gained an amazing amount of additional information from the different authors/artist/lecturers specialising in each of the different art periods.

I thought the eleventh module on art markets, rounded the course in a beneficial way. Many thanks for a well compiled, condense art course. Anna-Lisa Roberts

Richard Draycott

Bedfordshire, UK

I have recently completed the Art Institute History of Art course. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in art and the part it plays in our culture through the centuries.

It provides a framework that helps to focus on the artists, their genre and its importance to us today with well written modules created by authoritative figures in their field. The modules provide details of further reading and lists the galleries where particular works of art can be viewed, all of which helped me to absorb myself in the subject.

My tutor Stephen Farthing encouraged me with his helpful advice which enabled me to provide clear concise answers to the various modules. The course is very flexible and helped me to fit the study into my busy life.

Rachel Cross

Weston-super-Mare, UK

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I was interested in changing my career and had always been interested in art and art history. I saw the Art Appreciation Course run by The Art Institute and decided to try it.

It is an unhurried and detailed look at the broad shifts in art, seminal works and artists. It is presented in well written modules, which cover art principally from the Renaissance on, but there is also a broad overview of visual culture and a module dedicated to British art. Shifts in ideologies through the years are shown as being clearly reflected in the art of the day and the course challenges you to understand the links between historic events and visual culture. I found the modules on nineteenth and twentieth-century art the most stimulating as developments in industry and globalisation were manifested in new and exciting ways in art.

There is no pressure on the course, which is great, and the assignments are marked promptly and well; my tutor was very encouraging and supportive. The student support team were also very flexible as I was completing a degree when I enrolled on this course and had very little time. The support team therefore extended the completion date so I could dedicate more time to it after my final university exam. This course has confirmed that I would like to go further in my studies of art history and one day even lecture in it myself! Thank you for a great journey...

Richard Yaxley

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

I highly recommend the Diploma of Art Appreciation offered by The Art Institute. This is a comprehensive, stimulating course which takes you on a journey of empowerment through the history and development of Western Art. But it's more than that; an exploration of the people, an expose of the politics,and a chance to deconstruct the works that changed the world and the movements that sculpted our thinking. It's also a great opportunity to reflect on your own view of art and articism; how and why creativity both benefits and shapes our society.

The course materials are of a very high standard, the assignments are relevant and often deliciously provocative, the tutors provide outstanding support and the process is simple, effective and efficient. Most significantly, the Diploma makes you think; to move beyond blanket appreciation or criticism towards a level of discernment and rationalisation that is enriching and rewarding.

Isabel Anne Hill

Horsham, UK

This course proved to be a gift from the gods for me. As a teenager, with absolutely no artistic skills, I was fortunate enough to have an art teacher who introduced me to the pleasure of looking at pictures, a pleasure that, despite a very un-artistic working life ,has remained with me and involved looking at art in such diverse places as China, British Columbia, the Lake District, France,Macedonia, Liverpool, Sheffield, Greece, Wolverhampton, the stately homes, particularly Chatsworth,to name a few.

When my husband and close companion died after a long illness I was left desperately seeking something to meaningfully fill my life-and almost by chance, I came across this course. Having done no serious studying for 30 years, being barely computer literate and aged 82 I was very unsure of my ability to undertake such a course.

I was swept off my feet by the real pleasure ,interest and stimulation of each beautifully presented module. The friendly, prompt response to each query,the speedy tutorial comment on each assignment, kept me going. I could hardly wait to look at the next module. I have a small public library almost across the road which supplemented my reading, providing books on request almost at once.

I found areas of interest I hadn't even thought about; for example, the art market and found the links between art and world affairs intriguing.

Tempted? Hold your nose and jump in. Water wings and life guards WILL be supplied

Donald Turner

Elstow, UK

I really enjoyed the course; it gave me a fantastic introduction to Western art.

I wanted this background so that I would feel more confident when talking to my customers.

The relaxed pace meant that I could proceed at my own speed.

The course tutor provided great support and encouragement. I can thoroughly recommend this course.

Vicki Anne Harrold

Eastwood, NSW, Australia

I was delighted to discover The Art Institute, offering a course in Art Appreciation, whilst searching the internet. I had been looking for an art course for some time but there were no equivalent courses available locally, so this online course presented a great opportunity for me to fit study into a busy lifestyle. The fees are very reasonable, particularly compared to other online courses, and the enrolment and payment processes were straightforward. My designated tutor was wonderful and readily available, marking assignments promptly and giving me constructive feedback.

This course has truly opened my mind as to how to view art in a non-judgmental manner. My appreciation of a work of art is no longer just “do I like it or not?” I find I am now able to identify and understand many different aspects of a work, including the time period and movement to which it belongs, techniques and media, style and themes, and how it fits within the context of the timeline of Western civilisation.  The studies include looking at contributing factors that have shaped the evolution of art and its intrinsic relationship to religious, political, technological and sociological developments.

The course material is well presented and easy to read, and inspires further research. I have enjoyed every module and have taken the time to immerse myself in each step along the way, spending lots of extra time visiting galleries and art auctions.

Thank you to The Art Institute for guiding me through the centuries – this has been a very rewarding experience!

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