Applications open for Year 12 Summer University

30 Mar 2021

We are excited to announce that applications for our Year 12 Art History Summer University are now open. This free course for students from non-selective state schools and colleges in the UK is running online from Monday 5 July – Friday 9 July 2021.

Students will spend five days learning online with The Courtauld, and will receive a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the subject of Art History. The theme for this year’s course is Art and Identity, and students will work closely with leading art historians, curators and museum professionals, as well as current Courtauld students, to explore this topic.

Upon completion of the programme, students will have increased confidence and support to apply to The Courtauld for BA History of Art, should they wish. Students will also 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.

To apply for Summer University, students must meet the following initial 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 & Design, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Classics, Languages and Politics (or other subjects that involve essay writing, research, and presentations)
  • Be considering applying to Higher Education Institutions in Year 13

Professor Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director & Head of Research at The Courtauld, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the Summer University online again this year to students from underrepresented background. Art history covers virtually every aspect of human history and experience, and helps us make sense of the relationship between people, art and the forces that shape the world we live in today – all while developing the critical skills needed to understand the visual world around us. We want everyone, regardless of their background, to be able to study this fascinating subject.”

A student who attended the Summer University in 2020 said: “Summer University was excellent and surpassed all my expectations. All the topics of discussion/lectures were extremely engaging and the curation project was a great experience that I have never done anything like before. All the staff were lovely and clearly so passionate about all the subjects that we discussed. Every speaker found a way to relate the topic being discussed to current events or issues which made the course feel all the more important and its content all the more related to our lives (some of the discussions being linked to the Black Lives Matter movement and others to the present struggles faced by women in power). I learnt many things from all of the students and am continuing to learn from them now.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 21 May, 5pm.

Find out more about the programme and how to apply here.