Enter a World of Art in 2024

Join Smithsonian Associates’ World Art History Certificate Program

A variety of art images appear in a collage including a portrait of a woman in a red dress, a nightscape, a large marble domed building, an equestrian state and a statue of a man holding a calf on his shoulders
Frida Kahlo, 1933, by Magda Pach, from Smithsonian museum collections; Taj Mahal, completed 1643, Agra, India; Starry Night, ca. 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh; The Calf-Bearer, ca. 570 B.C.; Athens, Greece; Equestrian ceramic figure; ca. 13th–15th centuries; Mali.

Art is all around us. It excites us, enriches our lives, and enlivens our imaginations. But to truly appreciate any work of art, we need to understand the context and culture in which it was produced. That's why Smithsonian Associates offers the stimulating and rewarding Smithsonian World Art History Certificate program, which focuses on a flexible, personalized approach to expanding your knowledge and appreciation of art.

Under the guidance of expert teachers, examine the major creators, movements and historical periods that shaped art across civilizations and centuries. Take in-depth looks at masterworks and explore specialized topics. Choose the online courses that speak to your own interests—and complete the program’s credit requirements at your own pace.

Now’s the perfect time to join the many participants in the program. In 2024, you’ll find an expanded roster of instructors and a new range of course topics—and be able to track your certificate credits online. Register now and receive invitations for informal gatherings with course leaders and fellow program participants. Let your love of art carry you away…and into the program. Become a participant.