Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

Coursera – Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Specialization 2022


Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Specialization is a modern and contemporary art and design specialization course published by Coursera. Explore the art and ideas of our time. Develop a deeper understanding of the processes of artists and designers and gain confidence in looking at and talking about art.

This specialty introduces you to the art of our time. Through original footage and audio, you’ll go behind the scenes to get an up-close look at artworks and studios to hear directly from artists, designers, curators, and more. This specialization is for those who wish to learn more about modern and contemporary art. No prior knowledge is required. Sign up to receive invitations to virtual events, exclusive access to MoMA resources, and share ideas with an international learning community.

Start with modern art and ideas to learn how artists have been inspired by their surroundings and responded to social issues over the past 150 years. Next, take a deep dive into Seeing Through Photos and explore photography from its origins in the mid-1800s to the present. This course addresses the gap between seeing and actually understanding photographs by introducing the ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform the making of photographs.

What are the works of art made since 1980 in contemporary art? The works of this course, from 3D printed glass and fiber sculptures to performances in a factory, will introduce you to various materials, motivations, and methods of artists working today. Complete expertise with fashion as design and explore the choices you make about fashion in relation to expression, sustainability, work practices, identity, and more. Learn from makers who work with clothing every day – and in some cases, reinvent it for the future.

What you will learn in the Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Specialization course:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the processes of artists and designers, including ways of experimenting with and responding to technological innovations.
  • Develop critical thinking and observational skills to understand how artists and designers respond to the social and cultural issues of their time.
  • Gain confidence and inspiration from the art around you by looking at and talking about modern and contemporary art and design.
  • It’s best to understand the choices you make about fashion with regard to expression, identity, and issues like work practices and sustainability.

Course details

Publisher:  Coursera
Instructor: Lisa Mazzola  , Sarah Meister , Sophie Cavoulacos , Sean Anderson , Arièle Dionne-Krosnick , Erica Papernik-Shimizu  , Christian Rattemeyer , Paola Antonelli , Michelle Millar Fisher , Stephanie Kramer , Anna Burckhardt
Language: English
Provider Institution/University: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), abbreviated The Museum of Modern Art
Education level: introductory to advanced
Number of courses: 4
Duration of education: assuming 3 hours of work per week, about 7 months

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Courses available in the Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Specialization collection

Course 1

Modern Art & Ideas

Course 2

Seeing Through Photographs

Course 3

What Is Contemporary Art?

Course 4

Fashion as Design

Course prerequisites

What background knowledge is necessary?

No prior knowledge of art or design is required.


Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

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This educational series consists of 4 separate courses.

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Modern Art & Ideas

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Seeing Through Photographs

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What Is Contemporary Art?

Download the course – 410 MB

Fashion as Design

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Download part 2 – 568 MB
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