Explore the world through our series of short courses and masterclasses, held in a supportive and lively learning environment.
Current Short Courses and Masterclasses
Melbourne Masterclass: 10 Great Books 2018
Explore 10 great books presented by 10 celebrated scholars in a supportive and lively masterclass environment.
Short Course: The Galileo Affair
6.15pm - 8.30pm | Thursdays 24 and 31 May, 7 and 14 June
This short course will focus on the ‘Galileo Affair’ which remains one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of science.
Short Course: Unearthing Pompeii
6.15pm-8.30pm | Tuesdays 26 June - 31 July
Join us as we journey through the perpetual unearthing of Pompeii and examine its history, buildings, public and private spheres of everyday life, recreation, entertainment and art.
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.
Past Short Courses and Masterclasses - 2018
Past Short Courses and Masterclasses - 2017
Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy
The Faculty of Arts brings together scholars working in the field of Italian studies to present this series of evening lectures exploring the notion of ‘what is Italian’, through an historical journey of the five senses: scent, sight, sound, taste, and touch.
Melbourne Masterclass: Classical Manuscripts: Survivals, Rediscoveries and Transformations
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
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
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.
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.
Short Course: Roman Art and Architecture
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.
Melbourne Masterclass: 10 Great Books 2017
Explore ten great books presented by ten celebrated scholars in a supportive and lively masterclass environment.
Masterclass: Treasures from the Palace of Versailles
Unique insights from some of the University’s most preeminent scholars who will discuss the colourful history of Versailles, as well as the artistic achievements and cultural life in the court of Louis XIV.
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.
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, is pleased to 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
Presented by the The Faculty of Arts, in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). 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.
Short Course: Unearthing Persia's/Iran's Cultural Identity
The Persian heartland has long been the centre of one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, exuding regional power and cultural production, with historical and urban settlements dating to 4000 BC.
Past Short Courses and Masterclasses - 2015
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