Adri Reyneke

Johannesburg, South Africa

The course in Art Appreciation is everything that one can hope for. The very comprehensive modules are excellently written by respected people in the art world. Each module provides further reading lists and other resource material. I found the modules to be very integrated and well rounded.

My knowledge of art has rocketed and by answering the assignments I have developed my art writing skills. My tutor, Professor Stephen Farthing, was extremely encouraging and helpful and always provided extra information and arguments for further consideration. The process of submitting assignments is very simple and assignments are marked promptly.

I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of art as well as the contemporary art world. It opens one’s mind to the art world!

Tristan Drewry

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

My experience with this course and these modules were really awesome to read and the questions were interesting and challenging to answer. Taking time to do these modules were really worth it and you never get bored of them.

Thanks to The Art Institute for sharing this experience in the history of the art world. These modules gave me some ideas for my future career as an artist who is influenced in Old Masters techniques.

Elizabeth Magdalena Badenhorst

Bloemfontein, South Africa

The Art Appreciation course of The Art Institute is a very interesting and informative course. Doing this course was an eye-opener for me because I've learned so much about art worldwide. It showed me how to evaluate artworks and think about it in a new way. It also gave me a good idea of the worth of artworks and leads me to how to do an evaluation of an artwork. It also gives very much information about many artists.

I am Afrikaans speaking and It was not too difficult to do the course in English. It was easy to do it online through the internet, because the tutor is leading you the whole time with messages and tutor remarks on how you should answer the questions and how you can improve your answering of the questions of the assignments. This helps you to think in the right direction. They also understand when you have some kind of problem and are always willing to accommodate and assist you. Another advantage is that you can communicate with other students on The Art Institute's webpage on Facebook. I enjoyed doing this course and I have definitely no regrets doing it!

Daniela Grdseloff

Umzumbe, South Africa

This course was the best thing I did in my life. And I really did a lot of things. I did enjoy every single moment and I am sad, that I am finished now - only the advanced module to do! I would love to go on and go on.... there is so much to learn!

And the best things where the assignments - a real challenge - and if you have done it, you are familiar with the artwork and the artist you talk about! I can recommend this course 100 %!

Grady Zeeman

Swellendam, South Africa

I studied Fashion Design before I married and had children. Since 2008 I have participated in numerous international art exhibitions.

Since 2011 I am also the owner of the Kunstehuijs Art Gallery in Swellendam.

I absolutely loved every minute doing the course. It was such a privilege tapping into the knowledge of experts.


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

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.

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...

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.


My experience with this course and these modules were really awesome to read and the questions were interesting and challenging to answer. Taking time to do these modules were really worth it and you never get bored of them.

Tristan Drewry

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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