MoMa Offers Free Online Courses

The free online courses include art, fashion and photography

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has launched a series of free online courses. The initiative is part of the institution’s efforts to keep audiences stimulated during isolation. A cool thing about the courses is how students will be able to hear directly from curators, artists and designers during each course, and also take a closer look at the works featured in MoMA’s collection and exhibitions.

The courses include What Is Contemporary Art?, Modern Art and Ideas, Fashion as Design, Seeing Through Photographs and In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting. MoMA is making the courses available through Coursera, a site offering online classes with flexible deadlines which allows students to complete them at their own pace. Each class takes between 12 hours to 37 hours to complete and all of them are considered beginner level programs.

What Is Contemporary Art?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art. During five weeks, students will look at art through a variety of themes: places and spaces, art and identity, transforming everyday objects, and art and society.


Fashion As Design. 

This course focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories from around the world, ranging from jeans to 3D-printed dresses. Students will hear directly from a range of designers, makers, historians and others working with clothing every day.

Seeing Through Photographs. 

You will look closely at photographs from the collections at MoMA and hear a variety of perspectives on what a photograph is and the ways that photography has been used throughout its nearly 180-year history.

In The Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting. 

This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques and thinking of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko. Through studio demonstrations and gallery walkthroughs, students form a deeper understanding of what a studio practice means and how ideas develop.

Modern Art & Ideas. 

This one is designed for anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art through a variety of themes. You will hear audio interview with artists, designers and curators and learn more about selected works.

Click here for more info and to enroll.