What is History of Art?

The world is full of images. Are you interested in how they affect us and how they were interpreted in the past? History of Art seeks to understand why paintings, sculpture, architecture, prints, photographs, digital media and other visual materials look the way they do.  You will learn to talk and write about works of art and to think about the circumstances under which they were made, the media and techniques used, who they were made for and what functions they performed. You will explore different aspects of art history, ranging from material studies to psychoanalytic approaches.


Art history is a practical choice, as a humanities degree, it prepares you for a wide-range of careers. It leads to a profession in the arts such as museum curator, exhibition organiser, arts journalism, art law and art underwriting; as well as careers in publishing, teaching, marketing and the law.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s BA in History of Art is renowned for its breadth and depth of coverage – teaching ranges from antiquity to the contemporary. The focus is on European and American art but the geographical range extends to early Christian Byzantium, early modern Persia and contemporary China.

According to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results - Courtauld students are 100% satisfied overall with their BA course, compared to a national figure of 86%.  For further information visit here.

Clearing 2014

The Courtauld Institute of Art has a limited number of places available on our BA History of Art degree programme.

If you find yourself in Clearing, our hotline will open at 9.30am on Thursday 14th August:


  • 020 7848 2635
  • 020 7848 2649

Have the following ready when you call us:

  • Your UCAS ID number
  • Details of your exam results (subjects and grades achieved)


Any offers made as a result of a telephone conversation will be provisional and will only be confirmed once you have referred yourself through UCAS Track.


What is Adjustment?

Each year some applicants gain better exam results than they were predicted or expected. The Adjustment Period provides an opportunity for applicants who have met and exceeded the conditions of their firm choice offer to reconsider where and what to study.