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COL at National Galleries of Scotland: Masterpieces

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

A close look at the finest examples of art on show in the Scottish National Gallery’s Collections.

Please note, this course takes place in the Scottish National Gallery.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge required.

Content of Course

This course will take place in the Scottish National Galleries, allowing close examination and discussion of specific works and their context. The specific works to be studied will be chosen based on what is on current display.

Teaching method(s)

Hour-long visits to NGS incorporating informal presentation of works and guided discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the selected works which will be closely studied;

  • Assess critically the works studied;

  • Consider these works within the wider context of the history of Scottish art.


Core Readings

  • Clarke, M. et al, n.d. Companion Guide to the Scottish National Gallery. Edinburgh: NGS.

See also other general guidebooks to the Scottish National Gallery’s Collections:


Web Sources


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.