Immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art. In MoMA’s free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera, you will hear directly from artists and designers, look closely at works in our collection and exhibitions, and join a global community of learners unlike any other. Enroll any time and complete the course at your own pace. Click the course below to enroll.


Reimagining Blackness and Architecture

What does it mean to create and occupy space? Hear from Black artists, architects, and scholars who are reimagining their relationship to the built environment.

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What Is Contemporary Art?

Develop a deeper understanding of artists’ practices today, and how they approach the pressing issues of our time.

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Modern Art and Ideas

Want to dive deeper into the world of modern and contemporary art? Explore art and design through place, identity, everyday objects, and more.

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Seeing Through Photographs

How has photography been used throughout history? Hear directly from artists and explore the medium from its invention to its role in visual culture today.

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Fashion as Design

Hear directly from designers, makers, and historians as you explore 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

Take an in-depth, hands-on look at materials, techniques, and approaches to making abstract art.

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Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Learn how to integrate art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods used by museum educators.

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Art and Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art

Explore how activities can foster students’ creativity and encourage them to become empowered participants in their learning.

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Art and Ideas: Teaching with Themes

Develop connections between accessible themes in art, your curriculum, and students’ experiences.

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


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Explore a topic in-depth and build your expertise with a series of related courses on Coursera. Courses for a specialization can be taken in any order and at your own pace. Specializations are subject to a monthly fee, and the length of time required to complete the series is up to you.

Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

Explore the art of our time through four of MoMA’s most popular courses: Modern Art and Ideas, Seeing Through Photographs, What Is Contemporary Art?, and Fashion as Design. Go behind the scenes at the Museum and inside the studios of artists, designers, architects, and other makers.

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Teaching with Art: Using Inquiry, Activities, and Themes

Art can be a powerful catalyst for a better understanding of ourselves and a range of other subjects. Learn how to integrate modern and contemporary art into the classroom using inquiry-based teaching, activities, and accessible themes. Museum educators will guide you through strategies and resources that encourage and empower students.

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How do online courses work?

MoMA offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. You can enroll any time and take the courses at your own pace. In these courses, you will look closely at artworks in MoMA’s collection and exhibitions, and hear directly from artists, architects, designers, curators, and others through video and audio. Readings and resources provide enhanced context, and quizzes and discussion forums offer opportunities to check your knowledge and share ideas and creative projects with others.

Are online courses for me?

MoMA’s online courses are for anyone who would like to learn more about modern and contemporary art, and no prior knowledge or experience is required.

How do I enroll?

To register for online courses, follow the links above for the course(s) you wish to enroll in.


All of MoMA’s online courses can be audited free of charge, or you can choose to pay for a certificate of completion. Specializations are subject to a monthly fee and the length of time required to complete the Specialization is dependent on your own pace.

What if I receive a free trial message?

To enroll in any course for free, please select the option to Audit the course at the bottom of the free trial message.

What if I need technical help on an online course?

Your best resource for technical help is the Coursera Help Center. The Coursera Help Center includes guides on how to use Coursera and you can connect with Technical Support to troubleshoot problems. A good place to start is the guide to solving problems on Coursera.

What if I want to move ahead in the online course, or need more time?

You can take the course at your own pace. There is no penalty for speeding up or taking more time. You can always reset your deadlines to fit your schedule without losing your work or progress in the course, and you will continue to have access to the course and all resources indefinitely after completing it.

How do I know if a class is full?

Online courses have unlimited enrollment and do not fill up.

Can I take an online course for credit?

While MoMA is not able to offer academic course credit, you may pay for a certificate of course completion that can serve as a credential on your résumés, CVs, or other professional sites.

How often are online courses offered?

All MoMA online courses are available on an ongoing basis.

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