Lifelong Learning (formerly Short Courses)

Our Top Picks for Daytime Short Courses

Whether you're looking to incorporate creativity into your mornings or to fill your afternoons with literature, there are some great daytime Short Courses available. We've listed a few of our top picks starting in 2020 below.

For creative types...

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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Starts Wednesday 15 January 2020 at 1:30pm | 5 weeks | £133

Get to grips with the industry-standard software for illustrators and graphic designers. Whether you are new to Illustrator or just need a refresher, this course will guide you through the various elements such as vector working, using type and editing drawings for a variety of media such as web, print or video.

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For those looking for some scientific insights...

DNA Profiling

Starts Tuesday 4 February 2020 at 10am | 1 day |  £12

New for 2020! DNA Profiling (sometimes called DNA fingerprinting) is a powerful identification tool. In this laboratory-based workshop, you will run DNA profiles on sheep DNA – and use the resulting profiles to solve a mystery! No experience necessary, you just have to look great in a lab coat!

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For those who love spending time in Edinburgh's museums...

A History of Scottish Art

Starts Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 11:10am |  10 weeks |  £133

Combining History and Art History, this course will give you context around what was happening in Scotland when certain works of art were created. The course covers the Reformation, the Union, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and the Modern world.

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For those who love classical music...

The Music of Chopin

Starts Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 2:10pm | 5 weeks |  £67

Dive headfirst into the key figure in musical Romanticism and a Polish hero. Chopin’s piano compositions are still revered today. The course studies his work in all genres, drawing on recordings by many of Chopin’s greatest works while paying special attention to the piano as it existed in his day.

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For those who love a good book...

The Monthly Read

Starts Thursday 23 January 2020 at 10am | 3 classes across 3 months |  £58

Whether you need a little push to start reading again or you would love to discuss classics more in-depth, this book group is a great way to get lost in literature. In term 2 you will read three of Patricia Highsmith's novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr Ripley and Carol.

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Looking for other ideas?

These are just a small taster of what’s available in Term 2 starting in January. We have more than 15 subject areas to choose from and spaces are filling up, so book your place today.

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