Explore the world through our series of short courses and masterclasses, held in a supportive and lively learning environment.
I think you run a marvellous informative and inspiring program…I have difficulty naming a highlight. I never came home feeling other than elated and delighted with the presenters all of whom were most admirably brilliant and knowledgeable.
Current Short Courses and Masterclasses
Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy
Thursdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October and 2 November, 2017, 6.15pm-8.15pm
Held over five consecutive weeks this program brings to life aspects of Italian culture, history, art, film, literature, music, and food of significant moments throughout Italian history.
10 Great Books 2017
February - November 2017
Ten great books presented by ten celebrated scholars. SOLD OUT.
Past Short Courses and Masterclasses - 2017
Melbourne Masterclass Classical Manuscripts: Survivals, Rediscoveries and Transformations
Thursday 24, 31 August and 7, 14 September
6.15 - 8.15pm
When the Roman Empire collapsed in the early fifth century under uncontrollable external pressure there was a very real possibility that the Classical literary tradition would also come to an abrupt end.
Melbourne Masterclass: Van Gogh's Four Seasons
Monday, 1 & 8 May and Wednesday, 17 & 24 May 2017, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
A Melbourne Masterclass exploring the life and art of one of the most recognisable artists of the 20th century, Vincent van Gogh.
Melbourne Masterclass: Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love
Wednesdays 12, 19, and 26 April, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Love, a complex emotion to say the least, has inspired artists and creative practitioners for centuries, generating countless artworks, objects, poems, books, musical compositions and films.
Masterclass: Treasures from the Palace of Versailles
University of Melbourne alumni are invited to this exclusive opportunity to hear unique insights from some of the University’s most preeminent scholars who will discuss the colourful history of Versailles.
Classics Summer School
The Classics Summer School is a chance for anyone to learn a little more about the ancient world by taking some informal courses over the summer.
Melbourne Masterclass: Turning Points in Cinema to Die For
Wednesdays 9 & 23 August, 6 & 20 September, 11 & 18 October, 6.30–8.30pm
The Faculty of Arts is proud to present Turning Points in Cinema to Die For. For this masterclass we have invited seven Melbourne scholars, critics and artists to account for the profound and enduring impact of the cinema on their lives
Short course: Roman Art and Architecture
Thursdays, 15 June–20 July, 6.15pm–8.30pm
This six week course examines how, from its beginnings under the Etruscans, Rome gradually acquired dominion over the Mediterranean world and was introduced to a world of art, which she was to shape into her own.
Past Short Courses and Masterclasses - 2016
Short Course: The Glory that was Greece
This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC.
Short Course: Unearthing Persia’s/Iran’s Cultural Identity
Held over four evening classes, this short course examines the role Iran plays in current world events by revisiting its roots: its culture, art, language and history.
Melbourne Masterclasses: 10 Great Books
Each month, we will explore influential works in a supportive and lively masterclass environment, guided by leading academics and intellectuals.
Melbourne Masterclasses: Pivotal Elections in American Politics
The United States of America will elect its 45th president on November 8, 2016. In the lead up to this significant moment in history, the Faculty of Arts will present a four-part masterclass.
Melbourne Masterclasses: Greek Mythology
The Faculty of Arts, in partnership with The Ian Potter Museum of Art, present a four-part masterclass on Greek mythology and the significance of religion in daily life through the study of myths and ceramics.
Melbourne Masterclasses: Martin Scorsese
The Faculty of Arts, in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents a one day masterclass on American director, producer, screenwriter, and film conservationist, Martin Scorsese in celebration of ACMI's SCORCESE exhibition.
Melbourne Masterclasses: Degas - A New Vision…… A New Beginning
The Faculty of Arts, in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria's Winter Masterpieces exhibition Degas: A New Vision is proud to present a four-part masterclass series on the life and art of Edgar Degas, one of the most recognizable grand masters of French modernism.
Melbourne Masterclasses: Shakespeare - written for the stage, not the page
The Faculty of Arts is proud to present a masterclass series exploring four of Shakespeare's greatest plays.