Art nouveau: the DNA of modern life

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


The Art Nouveau was behind many of the major shifts in visual and performing arts at the turn of the 20th century. It continues to be of influence today. You will explore its art, architecture, design, fashion, theatre, and cinema, and be introduced to figures such as Mucha, Bernhardt, Mackintosh and Lalique.  

Our expert tutors will help you understand Art Nouveau’s impact on the modern world.  

Areas you'll explore include   

  • Europe and north American context 
  • The importance of women as muses and masters 
  • How Art Nouveau continues to be of influence today 

 By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Identify leading figures of the Art Nouveau movement within the western context. 
  • Evaluatethecontribution of the leading Art Nouveau schools and their significance 
  • Analyse and interpret the major artworks covered. 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history 


10 Credits at SCQF level 7 (level 1 at undergraduate study). Can contribute towards a CertHE in art history 


  1. Essay (1500 words) from a choice of titles (75%) 
  2. Visual test in class: identification and discussion of artworks (25%). Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose circumstances would prevent them performing satisfactorily in a visual test. 

Mode of study

The course will be delivered over zoom and with a mixture of lectures and seminars.


Can contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art.  

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days