Deirdre Campbell-Walsh


I loved the course, not only did it give me a good overview of a wide spectrum of art but it helped me to understand European History more clearly. Stephen is a great tutor, assignments are marked within hours of being submitted, his comments are pertinent and very helpful.

I have recommended the course to a friend. Following a little break I hope to continue with the advanced module and I would love you to produce a module on Irish art and its wonderful artists.


Maire Whooley

Brussels, Belgium

The Art Institute course was exactly what I was looking for! I live in Brussels, Belgium - so this online course was perfect!

I had been looking around for a suitable course, not easy to find, but this was just what I was looking for.The course gave a wonderful overview of the history of art, right up to the 21st century. The 12 modules were all a pleasure to follow, and the three questions at the end of each module, while requiring some careful thinking, and concise writing, were doable!

My tutor responded to my submitted answers almost overnight, with interesting feedback, and by the way, once the answers from one module have been submitted, you have immediate access to the next module. Access to a colour printer is a good idea, as the modules/chapters are easier to read as a hardcopy, but not absolutely necessary.

I did the course in 6 months, so that works out at 2 modules per month, which was OK!

I consider myself lucky to live in continental Europe where I have access to so many fabulous art museums, and this Art Institute course has given me the incentive to visit and revisit even more art museums wherever I roam!

I would encourage anyone to do the course, you won't regret it!

Andre Luis dos Santos Silva


I loved the course so much!! I recommend this course to anyone because it will be a good way to the first contact with the History of Art. Art History It is my passion and I observed that there was a gap for more information about Art in my curriculum. I felt that I had no contact with one of the most important and significant aspects of human production and the emotions aroused by the works of the great artists, because I didn’t understand so much about it, so I decided to apply for the Art Appreciation Course.

This course is remarkable because helped me a lot in the understanding of the artistic movements, the lives of the artists, their techniques, and the literary works. Make me much more observer and helped me to obtain a great and important understanding of the historical process. It gave me such a powerful and marvelous view of Art. Now I do see a painting in a very different way, I feel like I opened a window and I let Art comes into my life. Thanks, The Art Institute!

Sue Harrod

Devon, UK

Thank you Art Institute, for providing me with such an enlightening course. My art history knowledge has been expanded enormously. The allegory of art has been a fascinating journey of surprise.This online course was a joy to undertake, due to the module design, content and the exemplary Tutor support . My assignments were marked and returned to me very promptly, with comprehensive and constructive feedback. This helped me develop my research and attain a higher standard of writing as the course progressed.

This achievement for me, of a successful completion of the diploma course, is quite an emotional attainment . I am registered blind with only some peripheral vision. The high quality online course photography combined with the magnification on my 27inch Mac gave me the ability to work through this course and see paintings as I have never seen them before. Also, my research turned up an interesting link of artists with visual impairments, that I hope to do further research on.

My greatest freedom and joy has been my year round cold water sea swimming , but now the thirst for more knowledge in the visual arts has been unlocked. This online course has opened a door to art appreciation I never thought possible, as I have shunned art galleries due to my sight loss. Thank you so much to all your team that supported me.

Richard Yaxley

Brisbane, 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.

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 varios modules. The course is very flexible and helped me to fit the study into my busy life. Available for discussion on Email Me

Mary-Louise Boardman

Olonzac, France

This course has been the most amazing doorway to an entirely new way of looking, at art, at life, at myself. Throughout the carefully planned course of modules I was accompanied by my tutor, whose helpful comments helped me to improve my writing and my study techniques. I have learnt an enormous amount, and realise how little I still know of the intriguing world of art and artists.

Best of all, it has given me a taste for further academic study, the biggest bonus of all.

I feel that learning more about the history of art in the world has been a real privilege, and feel quite emotional now as I leave my friends at the Art Institute.

Joëlle Verdon

Montreal, Canada

The Art Institute's course largely exceeded my expectation. It brought be "a bundle of joy" that money cannot buy. To set the context, I am French Canadian and I work in investment. I truly missed not having receive a liberal art education so some 10 years ago, I decided to do my own education, the self-taught hard way. I read tons of books and saw zillions of museums as I live in Europe. I managed to get a decent level of knowledge in art but I was looking to put this in a more organised framework, and to learn more about the history bit behind "history of art". It is with this goal in mind that I started searching the internet for the "formula" that would best meet my goal. I searched for all the online short and/or intensive course options as I could not commit to a long-term on location course.

The Art Institute offered to me to test their course, 7 day money back guarantee. I was then convinced that the level was appropriate, not out of reach for my capacity but challenging enough. But the surprising nice addition is how my tutor adjusted his style/comments to my progression. In a very supportive way, he "raised the bar" by becoming more demanding, although always in a soft and engaging way, in order to push me to my limit. That was brilliant tutorial. And I guess that the same technique is used to engage people with different background. Technically, the course is also well thought. We have full freedom to work at you own space, and at least in my case, the tutor was quickly providing his constructive feedback (in most instance within 24hrs, even during the Christmas holiday!).

In summary, this course is brilliantly designed to reach a wide range audience in terms of background, and run by an enthusiastic team, from Lilly in support to my brilliant tutor Stephen Farthing, who also wrote a must-have book "Art: the whole story" (on Amazon). Thing about an improved version of Gombrich incorporating the recent developments, and in a much more visually appealing format. If you cannot enrol in the course, at minimum spoil yourself by buying this book.

My only regret is that it is over! Joelle Verdon, a happy and grateful graduate of the Art Institute.

Ps: As an indication, I personally spent circa 15 to 20 hours per module, this, because I read beyond and “around” the course material. I guess that one can do it within 12 hours/module by sticking to the basic material but in my view, it would be a shame to do not tab into the great bibliography. And read about the parallel development in literature, politic, music……..

Alastair Forman

Farnham, UK

This Art Appreciation Course is a comprehensive, well produced and professionally presented step into the world of art history and appreciation. I enjoyed every one of the well written modules and found them challenging, informative and helpfully illustrated. Each module has a generous reading list. Details of world wide galleries and museums are included, providing a resources for years to come.

The website is attractive and easy to use. The well constructed assignments forced me to observe pictures carefully, stick to the key points and write succinctly and creatively. This, and the encouragement of my excellent tutor, has helped my writing tremendously. The student support team is efficient, courteous, interested and genuinely supportive.

I have long sought a joined up overview of the development Western Art. The Art Institute has provided this, without bravura or bias. If this is adult entry level to Art Appreciation then it has more than done its job.

Jackie Wood

Hampshire, UK

Initially very scathing about on-line courses, so thoroughly investigated this one before deciding to go for it. It was the best course I have been on - and more focused than the OU one I took a couple of years ago.

The range of subject matter was vast - from paintings, to modern art, to the art market - all were fascinating and the material very readable.

My tutor marked all my assignments very quickly - so no nail biting waiting around to see how I had done. Criticism from him was valid and useful as well as the praise and encouragement.

It is a brilliantly put together package and well worth doing. At least there is a diploma at the end too - which is not always the case with some courses. Lilly (behind the scenes support), was understanding, helpful and great fun to deal with and answers all my questions in a timely manner. Now I have finished I feel I have lost a mini art family, but it was great whilst it lasted...

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