Queen's Open Learning

A new year and a new you with Open Learning at Queen's

Ever muttered darkly about Wisteria Lanes Desperate Housewives? Turned off Saw and wished you could find a hammy Hammer horror movie instead? Longed for the opportunity to discuss Italian cinema (you need to do the accent) with like-minded cinema buffs? The curriculum at Queen's Open Learning Programme offers you the perfect opportunity. The courses are open to everyone over the age of 16, and you don’t need any ‘ologies’ or qualifications to enrol.

Dr Tess Maginess, senior teaching fellow and Open Learning co-ordinator at Queen’s School of Education, said: 'From popular choices in languages, art, music and literature to more unusual options like Italian cinema or a guide to inheritance tax, we have courses to suit all interests and abilities. While many of our courses take place at Queen’s, others run in towns across Northern Ireland, including Armagh, Carrickfergus, Dromore, Holywood, Portadown, Portrush, Randalstown and Whitehead.

'Queen’s takes pride in its relationship with the city of Belfast. Alongside our degree programmes, Open Learning offers everyone - regardless of their background or qualifications - the opportunity to come to Queen’s, try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.'

Explore the dark side with Hammer: The Birth of British Horror, or join the Gothic revival with a number of courses on Gothic literature, art and architecture. From the women of Wisteria Lane to the wives of the Mad Men, Television and the Suburban Housewife looks at the portrayal of suburban women on TV and what this tells us about gender roles in our society, while DNA: What is it and What Does it Do? delves into the world of genetics.

There are plenty of courses available for the non-television buffs out there too. Step back in time with Reform and Revolution: Ireland in the 1960’s, or Images of Ireland through Arts and Culture: From 1960-2010, which looks at Irish history, literature, art, music, film and popular culture over the last 50 years. There are courses on local history too and tours of Belfast available.

Budding artists may be interested in Painting in Acrylic and Watercolour or Drawing from the Imagination, while Blues Guitar offers something for the musically minded.

Sign up for classes on the website or telephone on 028 9097 3323 / 3539.