Art Nouveau Across Europe, Short Course | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
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Art Nouveau Across Europe

3 months
300 GBP/full
300 GBP/full
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From Paris to Moscow and from Glasgow to Barcelona, this Art Nouveau Across Europe course examines the richness and variety of European Art Nouveau at University of Oxford. The years around 1900 were marked by an explosion of creativity as a new generation of artists and designers sought to invent a new style to suit a new century.



The appearance of this style differed hugely from city to city and from artist to artist, but shared a commitment to a varied and often contradictory set of principles. The creators of Art Nouveau looked simultaneously to the past and the future, to art for the people and art for art’s sake, to social reform and luxurious decadence, to the national and the international. They sought both to change the world and to escape it. On this course we will explore the complex impulses, anxieties and hopes for the future that shaped the visual arts around 1900.

Course aims

By the end of the Art Nouveau Across Europe course at University of Oxford you will be able to:

  • explore the development of new ideas about art and design and its role in the modern world at the fin-de-siècle.
  • look closely and analytically at the art, design and architecture of the period and make connections between works and their intellectual, social and cultural context.
  • explore what such art works, designs and theories can tell us about how the people of Europe responded to and sought to understand and express their experience of a rapidly changing world at the dawn of the twentieth century.

And you will have developed the following:

  • familiarity with the general trajectory of evolving ideas and forms in art, design and architecture in Europe around 1900.
  • how an art work or design can reflect the ideas and aspirations of an artist, a patron and the society for which it was produced.
  • a detailed understanding of selected national case studies or design fields based on their areas of interest

Teaching outcomes

By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following skills:

  • Visual analysis skills - looking at art and design and making connections to ideas raised in course material and readings.
  • Research skills - reading analytically and evaluating text and online learning material.
  • Self-expression of ideas through writing and discussion.

Programme Structure

Programme details

The areas you will cover in this course are:

  • Origins of Art Nouveau: Design Reform and Arts and Crafts

  • Brussels and the birth of Art Nouveau

  • The Art Nouveau city: Paris and Vienna

  • Art Nouveau: Entrepreneurs and the retail environment

  • Symbolism: Art Nouveau and fine art

  • The search for a national style: Russia and Poland

  • Art Nouveau Graphic Art: Posters and Magazines

  • The Art Nouveau object

  • The home as a work of art

  • The Strange Death of Art Nouveau

We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


10 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. 
  • This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet.

Tuition Fee

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