Foundation College

Art of the World in London

Key information

3 weeks
Start of programme
Summer 2024
Attendance mode
Russell Square, College Buildings

Course overview

This course provides not only an excellent introduction to European art via London’s outstanding galleries and museums, but also draws connections between it and the great art traditions of Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. 

It is intended particularly for students who are new to the study of art, but its wide scope and questioning approach is also stimulating and informative for those who already have some knowledge of the subject. The syllabus maintains a global perspective from a London base. Students will have the chance to encounter a wide range of references, from the art of the ancient Greeks and Indians, to French Impressionism and Japanese prints, to Pablo Picasso and West African art, to contemporary art in London.

The course ends with students giving their own short presentation on an aspect of art history that has most interested them. Assistance with vocabulary and guidance on giving presentations is provided throughout the course. This is a very practical course, using London's museums and art galleries as an extension to the classroom to illustrate theories and histories of art.

For those thinking of further studies in the UK, the course provides a relaxed, friendly and exciting introduction to a British university environment. As well as being educational it is good fun and a great way to make friends with fellow students from around the world.

Entry recommendations

To get the most from this course, students are recommended to have an intermediate level of English (around IELTS 5.5).



  • Enduring Questions of Art
  • Art and Beauty
  • Neo-classicism and Romanticism
  • The Enlightenment
  • Art and Belief
  • The Dutch Golden Age
  • Techniques of representation
  • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Important notice

The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes. 

However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. 

Teaching and learning

Subject courses with English support are taught by two teachers, a subject specialist and a language expert. The subject classes use lectures, seminars and cases studies, whereas the integrated language classes focus on skills development (especially speaking and listening) using the subject content.

This is a full-time course with classes every day plus additional time for independent research. Students work towards delivering a presentation at the end of the course. You can expect to strengthen language skills and deepen subject knowledge, whilst gaining greater confidence in communicating in English in an academic setting.

All teaching takes place on campus with additional class excursions to places of interest in London. 

The maximum number of students per class is 20

You will receive a certificate for successful course completion. Students will also have access to SOAS library including our wide range of e-books and e-journals.


Students should be at an intermediate level of English in order to follow and participate in classes. We do not require proof of English level, but as a guideline IELTS 5.5, TOEFL IBT 76 (or equivalent) are recommended.

Fees and funding


  • 3 weeks (1 block): £2,200 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £3,960 GBP (save £440*)
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £5,940 GBP (save £600*)

*Compared to the cost of multiple individual blocks. The reduced fees for multiple blocks above are available for 2 or 3 blocks booked at the same time.