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!

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.


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 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...

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

Donald Turner

Elstow, UK

I really enjoyed the course; it gave me a fantastic introduction to Western art.

I wanted this background so that I would feel more confident when talking to my customers.

The relaxed pace meant that I could proceed at my own speed.

The course tutor provided great support and encouragement. I can thoroughly recommend this course.

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...

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.

Adri Reyneke

Johannesburg, South Africa

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