Course overview

This course aims to introduce you to the work of artists, architects and photographers of the 1930s, with close attention to historical context. It is suitable for both those who are new to the history of art, and for students who may have previously attended art history courses.

Course description

Beginning with the Great Depression and ending with the outbreak of World War II, the 1930s was a decade marked by social and technical change, and political unrest.

From Grant Wood's paintings of rural America to John Heartfield's political photomontages, artists in North America and Europe responded to this changing environment in a variety of ways.

Focusing on a wide range of artists, architects and photographers the course will include the following: American Scene Painting, modern architecture and the influence of the Bauhaus, British art, art of the Spanish Civil War, Socialist Realism, Surrealism and documentary photography.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

Share this page:

Lady giving a thumbs up to her tablet as she watches a WEA member lecture
Image overlay triangle

Become a WEA member today

For just £15 per year, you can access many great benefits, including our award-winning weekly member lectures.

Need more information?

Need help? Complete our form and our friendly Support Services team will be back in touch.

Course contact

How do we use the information we gather from you?
Please see our privacy policy.