Explore a variety of perspectives and topics related to modern and contemporary art and design in MoMA’s free, ongoing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. Courses include a wide range of original texts, audio, images, and videos, including studio visits and dynamic conversations with artists, educators, curators, designers, and others; close looks at works in MoMA’s collection; and much more.

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Fashion as Design

Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories and explores their profound impacts—social, cultural, economic, and environmental—on the world. In this course, you’ll hear directly from a range of designers, makers, and historians, and will look closely at what we wear, why we wear it, how it’s made, and what it means.

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In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

Want to know how some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists made abstract paintings? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko.

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Seeing Through Photographs

What is a photograph and how has photography been used throughout history? The Museum of Modern Art’s free online course Seeing Through Photographs explores this fascinating subject through works in MoMA’s collection and wide-ranging conversations with artists, curators, and scholars that reveal the many different factors that inform the making of a photograph.

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透过摄影看世界 / Seeing Through Photographs (Mandarin)


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Modern Art & Ideas

Using works from MoMA’s expansive collection as a point of departure, this massive open online course encourages learners to understand, enjoy, and use modern and contemporary art through four themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Ideas, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society.

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Art & Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Learn how to integrate works of art into your classroom using inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

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Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

This course is designed to help build critical skills that support theme-based teaching practices and build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into interdisciplinary lesson plans.

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Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art

Art & Activity builds upon the inquiry-based approaches of Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom, while delving into activity-based strategies for making your students empowered participants.

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