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The Courtauld is the foremost centre in Britain for the study of art history, of conservation and curation and enjoys an international reputation. Through our Short Courses department, The Courtauld’s scholarly expertise is shared with everyone interested in art and art history. Our programmes cover a global range of historical periods and art-historical themes, and include a variety of formats.
Due to the still considerable uncertainty as to how the coming months will unfold in relation to the Covid-19 health crisis, and the need for continued social distancing, we have decided to run all of our short courses online until the summer. Where face-to-face teaching and in-person museum and gallery visits look possible again in the spring or summer, elements of these may be re-introduced for those students who are able to join us in London: course visits may be added as optional extras to our Summer School courses, and in the case of our summer term evening lectures and the Autumn School, in-person courses may be offered in addition to the online courses described in this brochure. Notwithstanding the return to ‘normality’ we all look forward to, our online teaching and learning is here to stay, so that we can continue to include all those in our teaching who for a variety of reasons cannot join us in London.
Our courses are led by specialists in their field – faculty members, alumni or associates of The Courtauld – who combine scholarly excellence and an enthusiasm for their subject with the ability and willingness to communicate with a non-specialist audience. All you need to take part in, and benefit from our courses, is a passion for the visual arts and for art history, an open mind and a willingness to learn, along with a good command of the English language. Courses are not assessed and while we provide selected texts and other course materials on our Virtual Learning Environment for most parts of the programme, it is up to you how much preparatory and subsequent study you wish to undertake.
At The Courtauld’s Short Courses department, we teach and learn for love of the subject.
All short courses have been programmed by Dr Anne Puetz. Please contact email@example.com with questions on the scope and content of the courses, for information on registration, payment and technical advice and support.
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Our 2021 Programme is also available in a virtual brochure; click the button below to read the document.
Showcasing Art History
Term-time evening lectures sharing the latest art-historical research and thinking.
Online booking is open for the summer term ‘Taboos and Liberations: Gender and Sexuality in British Art, 1950-1988’
Spring and Autumn Schools 2021 – Online
Essential Introductions: Art History and Art Theory in the wider Cultural Context
Courses are open for online bookings. Click below for the full programme:
Summer School 2021 – Online
Intensive, five-day art history courses on a range of subjects, running over the summer months of June and July.
All courses are open for bookings. Click below for the full programme:
Visiting what is Lost: The Courtauld Study Tours – Online
An escape into the past and present of seven major cultural destinations
Most courses are open for online bookings. Click below for the full programme:
Saturday Study – Online
These events are held once every term and engage with art-historical subjects of contemporary relevance. The sessions in the present academic year focus on questions of Imperial legacies and colonial encounters.
Our Spring term event, Seeing Double: Mughal Reflections in South Asian art, is open for booking. Please click below.
An Introduction to Art History – Online
Monday 22 – Friday 26 March 2021
An intensive, five-day short course engaging with core aspects of our discipline
This course is now full and the waiting list is closed