Explore a crucial period of change and innovation in European art practices

This course addresses a crucial period of change and innovation in European art practices and ideas about art and the visual, the consequences and complexities of which are still being played out in the art and socio-cultural worlds of today.

London and Paris were the most modern cities, in which the old and the new, the traditional and the revolutionary tensely co-existed — tensions that were played out in the worlds of art and image-making. The images and objects produced in this period were frequently socially and psychologically scandalous in both their subjects and how those subjects were represented. New and innovative art often generated intensely passionate responses and argument.


  • Early to mid-Victorian painting and photography in Britain, with particular emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates: Rossetti,  Millais, Holman-Hunt, Ford Madox Brown, the pioneer ‘art’ photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron and the American artist, Whistler, the exponent of ‘Art for Art’s sake’, who worked in Britain and France.
  • The French innovators, such as Courbet, Manet, Degas, Daumier and influential photographer Nadar, as well as academic art and traditional notions and practices.

You will join a class which is studying Crisis and Change: Mid 19th Century Art in France and Britain (ARTHIST202) as part of an undergraduate degree, but you will not attend tutorials, complete assignments or sit an exam – a no-stress learning opportunity.

Please be aware that the ULC programme is designed as an observer/auditor programme and participants are enrolled as non-credit students. Participants attending a ULC course will be provided with a course outline.

Please be aware that as a non-credit registrant participants are not eligible for:

  • online access to material,
  • purchase work/course books,
  • attend tutorials/labs,
  • complete assignments, or,
  • sit tests/exams.

Limited to 15 CCE participants.