Art History Summer University – applications now open!
Monday 05 July – Friday 09 July 2021
A free online course, with 1-2 hours live discussion classes everyday and pre-recorded material available one week before.
The deadline for applications is Friday 21 May, 5pm.
Calling all Year 12 students from non-selective state schools and colleges across the UK!
Apply now and spend five days learning online with The Courtauld Institute of Art, a world-class university specialising in Art History, Conservation, and Curating.
Art History Summer University provides a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the subject of Art History. Over the course of the week you will work closely with world-renowned art historians, curators and museum professionals, as well as current Courtauld students, to find out more about Art History and the possibilities of studying it at degree level. The theme for this year’s course is Art and Identity.
We are excited to announce that by completing Summer University 2021, you will have a chance to work towards an ASDAN Universities Award, and become eligible to take part in a series of free online Courtauld Study Skills workshops in the Autumn term.
As Summer University 2021 is running online, we warmly encourage applications from students living anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Art History Summer University
The Courtauld’s Summer University course is funded by a charitable trust to give students who attend a non-selective state school or (non-fee paying) college the opportunity to study art history.
To apply you must meet our eligibility criteria:
- Are studying in Year 12 in England or Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland, or S5 in Scotland
- Attend, and have always attended, a non-selective UK state school or college (non-fee paying)
- 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
Students who are currently in Year 12 and meet this widening participation criteria can apply by completing our online application form.
If you meet the above requirements, we will consider the following additional criteria when looking at your application:
- Students who would be the first in their family to attend university
- Students who have been eligible for free school meals at secondary school
- Students who attend a school or college with a below-average A-level results and/or a low rate of progression to higher education
- Students who live in an area with a low rate of progression to higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
- Students who have an excellent academic track record, and are studying relevant subjects (for example Fine Art, History, English Language, English Literature, Languages, Politics…)
The more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to be offered a place. You will not be disqualified if you do not meet all of the above criteria.
If you are, or have been, looked after, or in care, you will only need to meet our age, school and academic criteria.
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.
Art History Summer University provides an in-depth and lively introduction to Art History. It runs online from Monday 05 July – Friday 09 July 2021, with live discussion classes everyday and pre-recorded material available one week before.
The theme for this year’s course is Art and Identity.
Note: Gallery visits and object handling sessions for this year’s course will take place virtually, thanks to the ingenuity of our lecturers and curators!
This course is designed to give you:
- A better understanding of Art History as a subject, through lectures, seminar discussions and group work online
- The opportunity to meet university lecturers, museum professionals and current undergraduate students
- The opportunity to find out about The Courtauld from current students and alumni, and what it’s like to study in London
- 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 series of online Study Skills Workshops delivered by The Courtauld during autumn term 2021.
Read this blog to find out more about last year’s course.
Watch this video to hear what three students have to say about their experience of attending The Courtauld’s Art History Summer University: