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"AHA courses are much better than A level History of Art as a preparation for university work. Exposure to real paintings, sculpture and buildings develops visual alertness. Seeing art in the cities where it was made reveals how it was shaped by its cultural context. Students from AHA have been made aware of many of the problems and excitements of academic Art History before they begin their BA."
Professor John Onians
The School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia
The object of education is to teach us to love Beauty - PLATO
Looking back on AHA...
"As a biology graduate and a solicitor, you may be forgiven for thinking that all I took from a trip to Italy in my gap year was a Coliseum fridge magnet and a headache. Perhaps that was all I expected too; but a few years down the line, I have realised how wrong that assessment was, and just how much Art History Abroad has shaped me..." READ MORE
A Gapper returns...
"I feel so lucky to have had such a unique opportunity to spend six totally exhilarating weeks with such a fantastic organisation. So much so that I now find it utterly frustrating that I cannot preach enough to anyone quite how simply awesome the whole Italy experience actually was. Everything from the students, to the food, to the tutors, the Art, Italy, just everything completely surpassed any of my highest expectations..." READ MORE
A Parent writes...
"Lizzie was very nervous indeed about participating, though she was full of anticipation and excitement. But from the moment Luke welcomed Lizzie on arrival at Gatwick, by name, on sight (hugely impressive), we left her with all our doubts gone, already knowing she would be fine..." READ MORE
An 'Endlessly Decadent Trip'...
"There are so many ‘once in a lifetime opportunities' that make this an unforgettable and life-changing trip. Spending six weeks of my Gap Year in Italy with AHA was a hugely profitable and endlessly decadent trip. A morning spent ducking under barriers in Saint Mark's Square to examine looted treasures from Constantinople, led by an undaunted tutor, followed by coffee in another stunning piazza is a very satisfying start to the day..." READ MORE
Postcard from America...
"It was the little things, the things that weren't on the timetable or planned out that made the trip exceptional. Of course there were the usual amazing things: seeing Michelangelo's David in person, he's much bigger than you would expect, or seeing Botticelli's Birth of Venus is like running into a celebrity. To be able to stand beneath a sculpture is so different from any photo in a textbook..." READ MORE