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COL at National Galleries of Scotland: Masterpieces

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 16th January 2024 (Code AA232-201) Tuesdays from
16th January 2024 10:30am - 11:30am • (5 classes)
Scottish National Gallery • Tutor: Bill Hare MA
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

A close look at the finest examples of art on show in the Scottish National Gallery. We will study a range of art on display in the gallery, and discuss its style, influences and broader context. Specific subject matter will depend on current displays.

This course takes place at the Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Please meet at the main information desk.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge required.

Content of Course

This course will use selected key works of art in the Scottish National Gallery to explore themes and ideas in art history. We will explore art from a range of periods, and geographical and cultural origins to think about developments in art history over time. Based in the National Gallery, students will develop their skills of analysis and discussion in this vibrant setting.

Teaching method(s)

The course is taught in the National Gallery. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There are portable seats available for students attending on foot who would like access to seating during the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe using appropriate terminology works of art related to the course,
  2. Assess critically the works studied.
  3. Consider these works within the wider context of the history of art, and the National Gallery.


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.