Short Courses 2022

Online and on campus

i Paul Gauguin, The Haystacks, 1889, Oil on canvas, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Our new programmes for 2023 will be online early in December.

Through the Short Courses department, The Courtauld shares its scholarly expertise with everyone interested in art and art history.  Our courses present up-to-date art-historical thinking, often including our lecturers’ new research, and are led by Courtauld staff, alumni and associates – all experts in their field.

Covering a global range of historical periods and art-historical themes, our programme has much to offer to both art-historical novices and participants with existing knowledge and interests.

To suit the needs of our diverse audience, we have developed a variety of course formats and delivery modes, both online and on campus, ranging from intensive day-time courses over three to five days to new evening courses over five weeks.

From 2022, some online and evening classes also include the option of meeting your lecturer and classmates in person during a Saturday visit.

No pre-existing art-historical knowledge is required to benefit from our courses – our lecturers are chosen for their academic excellence, enthusiasm, and the ability to communicate with a non-specialist audience.  All you need to take part in our courses is a passion for the visual arts and for art history, along with a good command of the English language.

Courses are not assessed and while we provide extensive course materials on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for most parts of the programme, it is up to you how much preparatory and subsequent study you wish to undertake.

Our department is always happy to advise on content and delivery methods, and help with technical matters.  If you have any questions, please contact

If you are interested in more formal study at The Courtauld, including applying for our one-year Graduate diploma, please contact


Saturday Study

Henry Fuseli and his Drawings of the ‘Modern Woman’

Saturday 26 November 2022

On campus at Vernon Square 11:00-13:00
£45 and £35 (concessions), including refreshments and exhibition entry
Booking for the on campus day is now closed
Online as a recording
£10 and £5 (concessions)
Booking for the online recording remains open

Join exhibition curators Professor David Solkin and Dr Ketty Gottardo in discussing the life and work of one of British Romantic art’s most unusual figures, the Swiss-born painter and draughtsman Henry Fuseli (1741-1825). We’ll try to make sense of Fuseli’s private and highly inventive drawings of the ‘modern woman’, by considering their relationship to previous and contemporary figure studies.

Book now for the online recording (on campus booking is closed)
i Henry Fuseli, SOPHIA FUSELI SEATED IN FRONT OF A BUST OF MEDUSA, 1799. Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Showcasing Art History, 2022-23

As the programme name implies, our evening lecture series Showcasing Art History shares the latest art-historical thinking and The Courtauld’s excellence in research and teaching with the wider public. The lectures aim for a lively delivery and are given by members of the Courtauld faculty, by associates and alumni of our college, and by other eminent scholars.

Each new season of ‘Showcasing Art History’ offers three free-standing terms that may be booked in combination or individually. In January 2022 we returned to face-to-face teaching in the lecture theatre at our campus in Vernon Square on Tuesday evenings.  Lectures are recorded live on campus and shared with our online audience, who are given their own Zoom discussion sessions on the Monday following each Tuesday.

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i Stefano della Bella, Fame, 1649-50, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Our programmes

Our new programmes for 2023 will be online early in December.

Spring School

[Archive 2022] Online and on campus options. Our Spring School offers three- to five-day intensive introductory and intermediate art history short courses....

Summer School

[Archive 2022] Online and on campus options. Summer School 2022 features 32 intensive five-day courses on a global range of topics from medieval to contemporary art, and includes a strong representation of classes on curatorial and museological subje...

Autumn School

[Archive 2022] Online and on campus options. Our Autumn School offers three- to five-day intensive introductory and intermediate art history short courses....

Showcasing Art History

Online and on campus options. As the programme name implies, the series aims to share the latest art-historical thinking, and The Courtauld’s excellence in teaching and research, with the wider public....

Saturday Study

Saturday Study delivers short, intensive and, we hope, enjoyable events that help to give further context to our temporary exhibitions, or use selected works from our permanent collections as starting points for the investigation of significant art-h...

Evening Study at The Courtauld

In addition to our established Tuesday evening lecture series Showcasing Art History – now also online – we have created a new evening study programme for all those who find it difficult to make time for art history during the working day....