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The Courtauld Short Courses 2020 – Online

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The Courtauld Short Courses 2020 - Online



The Courtauld Short Courses 2020 – Online


The Courtauld is the foremost centre in Britain for the study of art history and of conservation 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.

This year, we have introduced a number of online courses, in response to the present Covid-19 outbreak. However, we have long wished to enable all those who cannot join us at our campuses in London to participate in the programmes, and we aim to maintain an online presence beyond the current crisis.

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 Anne with questions on the scope and content of the courses at, and Jackie Sullivan and Oliver Jones for information on registration, payment and technical advice and support at

Our Programmes

Ancient ruins. Boys play in water below the ruins
Francesco Lazzaro Guardi, Landscape (Capriccio), 1780 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld, London

Exploring the Past

The Courtauld Study Tours online

Richly contextualized journeys into the past of three major European centres of art and architecture.

Find out more about ‘Exploring the Past’ >

A woman sits, bored, at her desk. She is surrounded by a curtain and statue busts.
Gilles Demarteau after François Boucher, Painting, eighteenth century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Showcasing Art History

Term-time evening lectures sharing the latest art-historical research and thinking.

The autumn term lectures on Jan Van Eyck and his workshop are now fully booked. Booking for the spring and summer terms opens soon.

Find out more about Showcasing Art History >

A man inspects statues at a table.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Ambroise Vollard, 1908 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld, London

Making Sense of…


Thematic explorations of fundamental art-historical topics.

Find out more about this programme >

A lakeside view with trees in the foreground.
Henri-Joseph Harpignies, Beaulieu, 1891 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Summer School – Online

Intensive, five-day art history courses on a range of subjects, running in the summer vacations.

The 2021 programme will be published in early December 2020. Information on the subject range, aims and teaching methods of our online Summer School can be found in the archive pages from 2020 below.

Find out more about our Online Summer School >

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