Glasgow's art collections: paintings

Key facts

  • Cost: £95
  • Credits: 0


Glasgow has many outstanding paintings in public collections. Many of these works are world famous, from Kelvingrove's Christ of St John on the cross by Salvador Dali, to the numerous works found within the Burrell collection such as The Chateau of Medan by Paul Cezanne. This course will introduce the key collections, their histories, and a selection of their works. The course will consist of a series of lectures followed by visits to three collections, the Burrell, Kelvingrove and the Hunterian. 

The course aims to  

  • Introduce the art collections found in Glasgow and place them with their historical and cultural contexts 
  • Present the key paintings and artists found within the respective collections 

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

  • Identify key artists and paintings found in art collections in Glasgow 
  • Place the collections within their cultural and historical contexts 
  • Analyse and interpret the paintings covered in terms of their imagery, style and social and historical context 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and in particular the collections found in Glasgow


This is a non-credit class, so would not contribute to any qualifications.  

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures and seminars 


Although the course is no credit bearing, and so would not contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art, it is still an ideal introduction to the subject. 

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