Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any prior knowledge or qualifications?

The only entry requirement for this course is being human. Curiosity and an open-mind will really help, too.

What level is the course pitched at?

The level is consistent with our adult public programme at the Sainsbury Centre, that is to say, it is aimed at a general audience rather than being a formal academic course. Throughout the course we place equal value on lived experience, creative and reflective responses, alongside more traditional scholarly approaches. There is certainly room to dig deeper and continue your investigations in a more academic way if you’d like to. On the other hand, if any of the material proves hard going, move on. Maybe come back to it later, or try out something from the ‘further investigations’ section at the end of each lesson. We’ve provided a range of materials to suit different interests and approaches, so use what works for you.

How long do I have access to the course for?

As long as the course is on our website you can access it, and the plan is to leave courses up indefinitely. You will always be logging in to a live version of the course, so you will benefit from any updates and improvements.

Can I share course readings and videos with others?

No. All materials on this course follow copyright protocols for educational usage. It is therefore important that you do not share any images, videos or readings included in this course, or use them for any other purpose than private study. We thank you for your co-operation in this.

I don’t have a mobile device that supports the app – does that matter?

If you can’t access the app, don’t worry. Alternative photo galleries are always provided in the lessons. The app is just an optional extra which allows for some additional visual exploration and play, but it’s in no way essential.

Who can I contact if there is a technical problem with the course pages?

If you experience any technical problems loading the course pages and opening content, please contact:

I don’t like social media – does that matter?

Not at all. We’ll invite you now and then to share ideas with us on social media, but only if you’d like to. It’s entirely optional.