In May 2010, the British Government’s Coalition Programme signaled its intent to begin publishing more information about the costs, graduate earnings and student satisfaction of university courses. Each university has therefore been required to publish a statement that summarizes what it offers to their students to support their employability and transition into employment. Statements are expected to focus on the support available, rather than the employment outcomes themselves, as the latter is already available on the Unistats website.
CAREER PLANNING AND EMPLOYMENT
The Courtauld utilizes the services of both Kings College London and the University of London Careers Service, where students can obtain both general advice and support as well as individual attention in a range of services such as interview preparation and CV design. In addition, a diverse program of careers advising events, led by Courtauld graduates, take place both in the UK and abroad, introducing students to different roles both within and outside the art world.
OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE AND PLACEMENTS
The Courtauld’s single undergraduate degree does not include work experience as an accredited part of study, although students are encouraged to seek out work experience through internship and volunteering, both within the sector and also at The Courtauld itself. The MA in Curating the Art Museum does include work experience as part of the formal assessment of the course.
COURSES ACCREDITED OR ENDORSED BY PROFESSIONAL BODIES, EMPLOYERS OR SECTOR SKILLS COUNCILS
The single undergraduate course offered at The Courtauld does not confer any accredited status. The MA in Curating the Art Museum was created specifically to train the curators of the future, and was designed in conjunction with the museums and galleries sector to meet their needs.
SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMPLOYABILITY WITHIN COURSES
All programmes have generic skills development within them. At the postgraduate level, employers give guest lectures and have been involved in curriculum design and assessment, most notably in the conservation and curating programmes.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND RECORDING ACHIEVEMENTS
The Courtauld operates an institution-wide scheme to encourage students to keep a record of the personal development during the course of their time at the institution. This will be relaunched in 2010/11 with the introduction of our Virtual Learning Environment. The student body also designs an annual art exhibition at The Courtauld, and all students are encouraged to participate in this activity.
SUPPORT FOR POSTGRADUATES AND RESEARCH STUDENTS
Postgraduate students receive specialized training according to their individual needs. To support the development of research skills for doctoral candidates, two formal sessions for all students are held over two weekends during their first two years of registration.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPING EMPLOYABILITY OUTSIDE THE CURRICULUM
Students and alumni have access to the Courtauld Association Network, a live and online community which enables them to meet others in the art world and discuss their opportunities.
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
The Courtauld Institute of Art is committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination, and to providing an environment where individuals are treated fairly, with respect and dignity. This commitment is demonstrated through active promotion of the Institute’s equal opportunities policy, the aim of which is to ensure that no student receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, religion, nationality, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, transsexualism, marital status, parental or caring responsibilities, disability, age, trade union membership, or beliefs or lawful preferences held privately on any matter including religion, politics, and sex.