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Application Instructions

Application Instructions

All postgraduate programme applications (except Occasional Student applications) are completed via our online portal. All required supporting documents must be submitted electronically as part of your application. You will be contacted if additional documents are required after you have submitted your application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Before starting your application, please ensure you are able to provide:

Personal Statements/Research Proposal

Depending on the course that you are applying to, you will need to provide a personal statement or a research proposal:

Courtauld Graduate Diploma in History of Art

  • You should provide a statement detailing your reasons for applying for the course and supply any information relevant to your application. Please note there is a 500 word limit to the statement.

MA History of Art

  • You should provide a statement for each Special Option to which you have applied. For each statement, you should detail your reasons for applying to The Courtauld and to the individual option you have chosen, as members of academic staff will only be able to see the supporting statement written for their option choice. Please note there is a 600 word limit for each option choice statement.

MA Curating the Art Museum

  • You should provide a statement detailing your reasons for applying for the course and supply any information relevant to your application. Please note there is a 500 word limit to the statement.

MA Buddhist Art

  • You should provide a statement detailing your reasons for applying for the course and supply any information relevant to your application. Please note there is a 500 word limit to the statement.

Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings

  • You will be asked four questions relating to your knowledge and experience of the field of conservation and your experience of Fine Art. Each question has a word limit of 400 words.

MA in Conservation of Wall Painting

  • You should provide a statement detailing your reasons for applying for the course and supply any information relevant to your application. Please note there is a 500 word limit to the statement.

Research

  • You must already have contacted your proposed supervisor in advance to discuss your application. Please choose your preferred supervisor from the dropdown list. If your proposed supervisor is not listed, please choose the TBC option and indicate, within your proposal, who your preferred supervisor is.
  • Please provide a research title.
  • Please note there is a 10000 character limit on the summary of your proposed research. This includes spaces and bibliography.
Written Work (If Required)

Depending on the course you are applying to, you will need to submit a sample of your best academic written work:

Courtauld Graduate Diploma in History of Art

  • 2000-3000 word limit.
  • If you have been out of education for some time and do not have an academic writing sample to submit, you may write a new essay. It is suggested that you visit a gallery or museum and write a detailed analysis/comparison of two pieces of work.

MA History of Art

  • 3000-5000 word limit.
  • Preferably a chapter from your BA dissertation and, where possible, on an art historical/historical subject. If you have not yet completed your BA dissertation, you may submit an essay of suitable length.

MA Curating the Art Museum

  • 3000-5000 word limit.
  • Preferably a chapter from your BA dissertation and, where possible, on an art historical/historical subject. If you have not yet completed your BA dissertation, you may submit an essay of suitable length.

MA Buddhist Art

No written work sample required.

Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings

No written work sample required.

MA in Conservation of Wall Painting

No written work sample required.

Research

  • 3000-5000 word limit.
  • Preferably a chapter from your MA dissertation and, where possible, on an art historical/historical subject. If you have not yet completed your MA dissertation, you may submit an essay of suitable length.

 

If you do not have a suitable piece of this length, you may submit two shorter pieces combined into one document for online submission. Do not submit more than the word limit.

If you are submitting a piece of written work in another language, you may provide an official translation or translate the piece yourself. Please combine the English translation into the document along with the original text if possible. If this is not possible, submit the English translation of your written work with your application and then email the original written work to pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Academic Transcripts

Official transcripts of your previous and current qualifications (detailing programme, modules, subject grades and, if completed, final overall grade and conferment date) must be submitted. At the application stage we require electronic copies, which can either be provided directly from your university (if available) or, if only paper copies can be obtained, scan (or order then scan) an original final hardcopy transcript.

 

We cannot accept:

  • Your degree certificate
  • Transcripts directly from a student portal account
  • Electronic copies from your university sent directly to our email address
  • Encrypted or time-limited transcripts

If you hold a non-UK degree, please include any supplementary explanatory information in regards to your grades that accompanies your transcript. If your transcript is not in English, please ensure that a literal and complete certified English translation accompanies all documents not in English

If you have not completed your degree, you will need to send an in-progress transcript. Once you have obtained your degree, email your final transcript, showing your awarded degree, to pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk as soon as it is available.

Academic References

As your referees will be asked to attest to your academic abilities, you should make every effort to provide two academic referees.

If this is not possible, you may use professional referees instead. They will still be expected to be able to provide an assessment of your intellectual abilities and potential to learn.

References must be written in English – if this is not possible, please contact pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

As your referees may be unavailable to write a reference at the last minute, you should contact your referees well in advance of submitting your application – preferably 4-6 weeks. Your application cannot be considered until after we have received both references and any English translations of references, if necessary.

We will contact you if we have not heard from your references two weeks after you submit your application. However, please note that we will not contact you once references are received.

Please note that references are automatically contacted by via our application portal once you have submitted your application.

CV (If Required)

If you are applying for the following programmes, you must submit a CV:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Painting
  • Courtauld Graduate Diploma in History of Art
  • MA Curating the Art Museum
  • MA in Conservation of Wall Painting (optional)
  • PhD
English Language Proficiency (If Required)

All applicants are expected to have an effective knowledge of English, both spoken and written. For applicants whose first language is not English, we require proof of English proficiency – for details, please see the English Language Requirements page.

Please note that we cannot issue you a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) to apply for a student visa until you pass your English proficiency examination.

Passports

You must provide an electronic copy of all your passports. If you have a current or previous UK visa(s), please provide an electronic copy of this also.

ID Photo

You must provide a clear, passport style photo.

Please make sure that your photo meets the following requirements:

Photo size

45 mm (450 pixels) high by 35mm (350 pixels) wide

ID Photo example

Your photos must:

  • be taken against a plain cream or light grey background.
  • be clear and in focus.
  • must show a close-up of your full head and shoulders.
  • must be only of you with no other objects or people.

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