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About the course
In this online course, learn about the history of African art from rock art to modern era.
“Since humankind appears to have originated in Africa, it may well be that art, too, originated here.”
Frank Willett (1997) African Art
The history of art in Africa takes us back to the origins of humanity, the cradle of civilization, the first signs of human cognition, of interacting with the material world and creating visual symbols that represent and interpret them.
Also available in: Português
The course fee includes 24-hour access for an unlimited time to:
- Lessons for each topic covered
- Downloadable ebooks
- Explanatory videos and presentations
- Links to articles, videos and websites
- Evaluation (1 questionnaire for each module)
Learning objectives – African art online course
During the course, you will learn about the history of African art , starting with rock art and those that are considered the first artistic manifestations of humanity until modern era and the influence of African art in European avant-garde artistic movements.
- To know the manifestations of rock art and its importance for the history of humanity.
- To know the great African civilizations, their artistic manifestations and their processes of cultural interaction.
- To know the great changes generated by Christianity and Islam in Africa and their artistic manifestations.
- Understand the impact of European empires in the modern era in Africa and the influence of African art on European artistic movements.
Who takes this course
The course is adapted to various audiences, covering professionals in the fields of History, Art History, Fine Arts, Heritage who seek to explore the theme, as well as all those who wish to learn more about the history of African art.
It has no access requirements.
At the end of the course, a training certificate will be issued. Know more.
We are a training entity certified by DGERT – Training Entity Certificate No. 1800/2015 – so the certificate has international validity.
The course price (a single payment) includes all content, assessment and certificate. The value is exempt from VAT under paragraph 10 of Article 9 of the CIVA.
The course is organized in parts or modules in order to facilitate the learning sequence. However, you can freely browse the entire course without any restrictions 24 hours a day, according to your interests and your own work method.
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How it works
1. Blombos Cave: Humanity’s first art studio
2. San art in South Africa
3. The Pygmy Schematic Art Zone and the Sandawe ‘Island’
4. Nigerian Rock Gongs
5. When the Sahara was Green
1. The First Urban Centers of the Nile
2. The Formation of Egypt
3. Kingdom of Kush
4. Iron made Cultures of the Niger
5. The Expansion of Bantu people
1. Axum and Christian Ethiopia
2. Eastern Christianity in Núbia
3. The Expansion of Islam in North Africa
4. Islam in the Swahili Coast
5. Catholic Kongo and the Portuguese
1. West African Empires
2. Bantu Kingdoms and Cultures
3. Islamic Sultanates and the Kingdom of Ethiopia
4. From the Cabinet of Curiosities to the Natural History Museum
5. The Influence of African Art in Modern Art
Overall course evaluation – 4,7
(scale 1 to 5)
What students say about the course
Critical analysis and opportunities for improvement
No improvement actions were noted in the comments.
Suggestion for a chapter only on African masks. The theme is very comprehensive and is an excellent suggestion for a future course.
Suggestion of a course on African diasporas. A course on this topic is already been developed.