Are you an artist looking for motivation? Wish you took more music classes in college? With this series of courses, you will acquire new skills, hone existing ones, and gain a new appreciation for art, music, and culture.
Discover new ways to experience and interpret visual art and music as you start your curriculum with two fundamental courses that will bring you startling new levels of appreciation.
- How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Featuring masterpieces from 250+ of the world’s greatest artists, this in-depth guide to the practical skill of viewing art will help you reach new levels of appreciation.
- How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition
Forever change the way you listen to music with this outstanding course that explores the history, composition, and sublime accomplishments of Western concert music.
Enhance your skills and knowledge by selecting three courses that focus on demystifying the imagery, techniques, and even the motives of art.
- How To Draw
Experience the joy of drawing - a skill anyone can learn - in this brilliantly designed course that teaches you how to draw landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more.
- How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
Discover how color influences your brain—and how you can use those insights to your advantage—in this eye-opening course from a best-selling author and expert on design.
- 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Behold great masterpieces of antiquity and prehistory in this visually rich course that travels around the world highlighting stunning works of art from ancient cultures.
- Fundamentals of Photography
Get an in-depth and highly interactive tutorial on how to take better photographs in this thorough course taught by an award-winning National Geographic photographer.
- Fundamentals of Photography II
Take a deeper dive into the art of great photography and learn to apply skills, tips, and tricks with a National Geographic photographer out in the field.
- The Art of Travel Photography
An award-winning National Geographic photographer presents a cohesive set of best practices for getting great photos when you take your camera on the road!
- National Geographic Masters of Photography
Go inside the creative process of 12 National Geographic photographers and gain insights into how to approach your own images and improve your photographs.
- Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
Take a dazzling virtual tour through the Louvre’s remarkable collection of European paintings from the late medieval period through the early 19th century.
- A History of European Art
Take in the full sweep of European art from Gothic cathedrals to Cubism in this spellbinding and visually-dazzling course taught by an acclaimed art-historian.
- Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance
Study masterpieces by such great Renaissance artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian in this visually-rich course taught by an art h
- Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt
An independent art historian introduces you to the creative and talented people who made the art of Holland so special.
- The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography
National Geographic photographers Michael Melford and Tim Laman reveal their stories and secrets about what makes for great landscape and wildlife photography.
- Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Take a unique tour of our world’s most remarkable and enduring structural masterpieces and learn why these architectural wonders stand the test of time.
Gain a new understanding of music by picking three courses that will teach you to “speak” the language of music.
- Music as a Mirror of History
Discover the fascinating ways in which great works of music have interacted with historical events, in this eye-opening course taught by a celebrated composer and music historian.
- Great Music of the 20th Century
Travel into the lives of the great 20th-century composers and immerse yourself in the era’s sublime musical masterworks.
- Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos
Discover the joy of playing, reading, and understanding music from a master teacher, in this hands-on course.
- The Great Works of Sacred Music
Discover the greatest masterworks of the sacred music tradition, from early church music to the modern era, in this engrossing course taught by a professor of musicology.
- Music and the Brain
Discover what happens when melody meets the mind in these entrancing lectures on the neuroscience of music.
- The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
Experience the profound joy of landmark creations by Haydn, Beethoven, and others in this survey of orchestral works considered the greatest in Western history.
- The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works
Explore the greatest solo works ever written for the greatest instrument ever created in this exciting and fun course by famed musicologist Robert Greenberg.
- How Music and Mathematics Relate
Gain new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture—music and math—and the unexpected and fascinating connections that bind the two together.
- How to Listen to and Understand Opera
Discover the great beauty and high artistic achievement of opera with this brilliant course by acclaimed musicologist Robert Greenberg.
- Concert Masterworks
Gain a new level of listening sophistication as you learn to open your ears to a composer's creative intentions.
Examine the greatest works of music through a new context as you choose two courses providing a deep-dive into of the life and times of influential composers.
- Great Masters: Haydn-His Life and Music
Explore the unqualified musical success of Franz Joseph Haydn with an esteemed music historian.
- Great Masters: Liszt-His Life and Music
Discover why Franz Liszt was known to be "a continual alternation between scandal and apotheosis."
- Symphonies of Beethoven
See how Beethoven revolutionized musical composition and created works of unique beauty, power, and depth through the history and analysis of Beethoven's nine symphonies.
- Bach and the High Baroque
Join Professor Robert Greenberg to explore the emotional power, religious devotion, technical virtuosity, diverse national styles, and sheer genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.
- Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
Examine 32 piano sonatas with Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg as he combines music, anecdotes, and humor to highlight classic pieces.
- Chamber Music of Mozart
Examine the music and the man behind it with a music historian as you study and enjoy a variety of chamber works drawn primarily from Mozart's "golden years.”