Founded in 1932, the Courtauld Institute of Art is the major centre in Britain for the study of the history of art with world-class facilities and resources for learning and teaching. It is based in Somerset House, one of the most important neo-classical buildings in London.
We offer a broad range of art history courses aimed at all levels of interest. Please follow the links on this page for more information about our courses and how to contact us.
Our teaching was rated at 23 out of 24 in the Teaching Quality Assessment of 1997 and in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2001 the Institute was awarded 5*; the only history of art department in the country to be awarded such a distinction.
Short Courses: Spring and Summer Schools
If you are looking for a short course to introduce you to a particular topic or period, then the Spring and Summer Schools might be right for you. Taught in small groups the courses focus on a range of topics from ancient to contemporary art. You will experience lectures, visits to galleries, museums and buildings, often with special access to collections. The Spring and Summer schools welcome everyone, including students from the age of 16, and many students return each year. No previous art-historical training is necessary and the courses are not assessed.
BA in the History of Art
If you are currently thinking about making your UCAS choices you should find out what our BA in the History of Art could offer you. Our three-year full-time BA programme offers students the opportunity to study the history of Western art from antiquity to the present, with the chance to specialise as the course progresses.
Graduate Diploma in the History of Art
The full or part-time Courtauld Graduate Diploma in the History of Art is designed for those who already have a humanities degree and would like to study Art History at degree level.
Postgraduate study: MA and PhD
If you are ready for postgraduate study then our MA in the History of Art provides access to a vast programme of Special Options that allow students to specialise in a particular area of art history. Of course the ultimate in specialisation is the PhD.
Conservation of easel paintings and wall painting
If the conservation of art is where your interests lay then our Conservation departments can offer you postgraduate training in the conservation of Easel or Wall Painting.