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Monday 3 – Thursday 6 July*

Spend four days experiencing student life at a world-class university with its own beautiful art gallery.

The Summer University is part of The Courtauld Institute of Art’s widening participation initiative, funded by a charitable trust to give students who attend a non-selective state school or a FE college the opportunity to find out more about Art History and the possibilities of studying the subject at degree level.

We are excited to announce that by completing Summer University 2017, you will have a chance to work towards an ASDAN universities award.

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Applications open soon 

To apply for Summer University 2017 you must:

  • Be a current Year 12, AS Level student
  • Attend a non-selective UK state school
  • Have a broad interest in visual culture
  • Be interested in subjects such as History, English Literature, Art, Classics, Languages and Politics (or other subjects that involve essay writing, research and presentations)
  • Be considering applying to Higher Education Institutions in Year 13

Please note: you are not applying for a place at university at this point. This course will give you an experience of university life and help you make a decision about applying to study Art History or another Humanities subject in future.

The Summer University is part of The Courtauld’s widening participation initiative, funded by a charitable trust to give students who attend a non-selective state school or a FE college the opportunity to study art history. Priority will be given to students whose parents or carers have not previously gone to university, who currently receive Income Support or Tax Credits, and/or are disabled. Students who are currently in Year 12 and meet this widening participation criteria can apply by returning the application form.

As this is a non-residential course (where students commute every day to The Courtauld Institute), we cannot currently offer places on this course to students living outside Greater London.

*We are aware that Eid may fall on the Summer University dates. We are happy to accommodate individual requirements around fasting and time off the course for religious reasons. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask so we can understand your needs. 

Information for teachers

See the provisional Summer University 2015 timetable

The Summer University is part of The Courtauld’s Widening Participation strategy. The programme aims to encourage those from non-traditional HE backgrounds to consider the opportunities available to them for undergraduate study. We welcome applications from pupils who are interested in applying to a selective university and we provide academic support during and after this Summer University to course participants.

In assessing which of your pupils would benefit from attending, you may wish to consider the following:

  • Does the student qualify for widening participation support (as outlined above) and would they benefit from the opportunity?
  • Do they have a good academic track record?
  • Are they taking any AS or A-level subjects that are relevant to the study of Art History (for example Fine Art, History, English Literature, Languages…)
  • Would they take advantage of the range of opportunities offered by the course, attending all sessions and engaging with information/discussions/activities?

The course is always over-subscribed and requires a commitment so please discuss the Summer University with any student who might be interested before encouraging them to submit an application. You will need to sign the application form. We will also need to know if your student qualifies for Widening Participation status, so please add any information you think is relevant.

If you and your student live outside of Greater London, we are not able to offer them a place on this Summer University. However, we may be able to organise an Outreach Study Day for you and your students during the academic year.

Need more information?

For more information please contact Helen Higgins, Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Coordinator:

The Art History Summer University is part of The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Access Agreement.

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The course covers an introduction to art history and runs Monday 3 – Thursday 6 July, from approximately 10.00am until 4.30pm each day.

This course is designed to give you:

  • a better understanding of Art History as a subject, through lectures, seminar discussions and group work;
  • the opportunity to meet tutors, museum professionals and current undergraduate students;
  • an experience of university life, with the opportunity to find out about both London and The Courtauld first hand;
  • space to think about whether this might be the right option for you;
  • the confidence and support to apply to The Courtauld Institute of Art for your BA should you wish to do so.

Students who participate will be eligible to attend a Progression Day at The Courtauld during Autumn Term 2017.

Watch this video to hear what three students have to say about their experience of attending The Courtauld’s Art History Summer University:

The course is non-residential, but you will receive complimentary refreshments and lunch every day, free entrance to a number of galleries and exhibitions, social activities and basic materials.

An Oyster Card for travel within London can be provided on application for students from families on income support or receiving tax credits.

To apply please complete the Summer University 2016 application form

Applications will open soon:

Helen Higgins
Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Coordinator
Public Programmes
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 0RN

+44 (0) 20 7848 1058

education@courtauld.ac.uk

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