Free Online Courses

Art & Culture

Learn art and culture through free online courses from leading universities around the world, including Harvard, New York, Leuven and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Search for your favorite university or select your preferred course duration or weekly effort. Most of these art and culture courses are self-paced.

Course name
Duration
Effort

Politics, Art and Resistance

The University of Kent
4 weeks
4 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
2 hours of weekly study

Explore Animation

National Film and Television School
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Transmedia Storytelling

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
2 hours of weekly study

Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Hispanic Film and Culture

Purdue University
3 weeks
4 hours of weekly study

Much Ado about Nothing: in Performance

University of Birmingham
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
6 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

A History of Royal Fashion

University of Glasgow
5 weeks
4 hours of weekly study
7 weeks
5 hours of weekly study

How To Make A Poem

Manchester Metropolitan University
3 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Cantonese Opera: from Backstage to the Stage

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
4 weeks
2 hours of weekly study

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen

National Film and Television School
6 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
6 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Media Literacy and Representation

The University of Newcastle Australia
3 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Cantonese Opera: from Backstage to the Stage

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
4 weeks
2 hours of weekly study

Short Film in Language Teaching

The British Film Institute (BFI)
3 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Designing the Future

RMIT University
5 weeks
2 hours of weekly study

3D Graphics for Web Developers

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona
5 weeks
6 hours of weekly study
2 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
4 hours of weekly study

Learn Jazz Piano: II. Improvising on Jazz Standards

Goldsmiths, University of London
6 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Learn Jazz Piano: I. Begin with the Blues

Goldsmiths, University of London
6 weeks
2 hours of weekly study
5 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Understanding Fashion: From Business to Culture

Institut Français de la mode (IFM)
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
4 hours of weekly study

WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film

University of Leeds
2 weeks
2 hours of weekly study
6 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
2 weeks
2 hours of weekly study
2 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

How to Write Your First Song

The University of Sheffield
6 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Inside Opera: Why Does It Matter?

King's College London
4 weeks
2 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Making Music with Others

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
4 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
4 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
2 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
2 hours of weekly study
2 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry

International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)
4 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

Start Writing Fiction

The Open University
8 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
4 weeks
5 hours of weekly study

An Introduction to Screenwriting

UEA (University of East Anglia)
2 weeks
3 hours of weekly study
3 weeks
3 hours of weekly study

New Zealand Landscape as Culture: Islands (Ngā Motu)

Victoria University of Wellington
4 Weeks
2-4 hours per week

Introduction to Italian Opera

Dartmouth College
4 Weeks
3-4 hours per week
4 Weeks
N/A
4 Weeks
3-4 hours per week
4 Weeks
2-5 hours per week
4 Weeks
2-3 hours per week

New Zealand Landscape as Culture: Maunga (Mountains)

Victoria University of Wellington
4 Weeks
2-4 hours per week
9 Weeks
2-4 hours per week
5 Weeks
1-5 hours per week
6 Weeks
6-8 hours per week

Introduction to German Opera

Dartmouth College
4 Weeks
3-4 hours per week

Design Theory

IsraelX
6 Weeks
3-4 hours per week
8 Weeks
2-4 hours per week

Theories of Media and Technology

New York University
14 Weeks
8-10 hours per week
12 Weeks
3-4 hours per week
8 Weeks
2-4 hours per week
6 weeks
3 to 5 hours per week
6 Weeks
3-6 hours per week
8 Weeks
4-6 hours per week
15 Weeks
2-4 hours per week
6 Weeks
3-5 hours per week
5 Weeks
3-4 hours per week