Great art collections

Key facts

  • Cost: £95
  • Credits: 0


This course provides an introduction to the collections of five major art galleries. Each week will be devoted to one gallery and these will include London’s National Gallery, the Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Florence’s Uffizi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • The history of the selected art collections.  
  • Key individual major works in each collection. 
  • How the and the museums are set within the broader historical, cultural and social developments of their time. 

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

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the art within each collection 
  • Contextualise the history of the formation of each collection. 
  • Interpret and discuss with confidence the selected artists and artworks 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and the great art collections of the world.   


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