Short Courses 2022

Online and on campus

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

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.

If you would prefer to you can view our 2022 courses as an online ‘turn page’ brochure.

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

Coming soon

Dr Natalia Murray
Seminars on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February and an optional visit to Paris on 8 February
£145 online only or £290 with Paris Tour

N.B. the optional visit to Paris is limited to 12 students

This tour takes us back to bohemian Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, and explores the influential fusion of immigrant Russian artists’ rich cultural heritage with the French avant-garde. The course includes an optional visit to Paris on 8 February which among other takes in the famous Parisian artists ‘hive’ La Ruche and a guided tour to the exhibition The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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A man sits at his desk; a painting of fruit is shown behind him. i Valentin Serov, Ivan Morozov, 1910. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Our programmes

Spring School

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

Summer School

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 subjects....

Autumn School

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...