Short courses - Tonbridge Centre

Our inspiring short courses allow you to spend time exploring a subject purely for interest among like-minded people and without formal assessment. It's also an ideal way to gain the confidence to join one of our part-time degree-level programmes. The short course programme is open to all and the courses do not require prior knowledge of the subject.

Our current programme is shown below. Please email if you would like to be included in future programme mailouts (we do not pass on your details to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time).

Art History

Modern art

What makes art great and who decides? Would you like to 'understand' art and gain the confidence to critique art works?

Our short courses introduce you to the visual, critical and professional skills used by art historians in describing and analysing art.



Ancient Greek statue

Classics covers a wide range of subjects, from literature and drama to history, languages and culture.

Our courses help you to explore the classical world and its influence on modern civilisation, as well as its continued relevance today.


Creative Writing

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Creative writing covers a broad range of writing styles, from all forms of prose and poetry to screenwriting, short stories and experimental writing.

Whatever influences you and your writing, our short courses encourage you to take control of your work and write exciting, contemporary material.

Creative writers may also be interested in An Introduction to Oral History.



Illustration of a war scene

Any study of history engages a natural human curiosity about the past.

Our courses explore the role of war in history, specific periods and people in history.



Shelves full of colourful books

Our short courses programme includes all periods of literature from Chaucer to the Contemporary.

Make connections between cultures, genres and historical moments and, in the process, ask searching contemporary questions.

You may also be interested in 27 Rue de Fleurus: The Gertrude Stein Salon.


Literature & Art

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An engaging approach to studying literature and art, that makes connections between the different disciplines and explores cultural significance.

You may also be interested in Two Writers of Modernism: T S Eliot and Virginia Woolf.



Classical violinists preparing for a concert

Are you interested in how classical music is created, its cultural relevance or the technical aspects of its composition?

Our short courses allow you to explore musical genres, influential classical musicians or specific compositions from history, examining why they were written and their relevance today.


Writing for Self-development

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Our growing range of self-development courses offer opportunities to discover your abilities and potential.

These are suitable for both new and continuing students who are inspired to use their journal for personal growth, creative expression and life management.


Student on a short course at Medway