Short Courses

A field of peach trees with houses dotted about; there are mountains in the background. i Vincent van Gogh, Peach Trees in Blossom, 1889, The Courtauld Gallery, Samual Courtauld Trust, London © The Courtauld


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.

Short 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 extensive 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.

Due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to run all of our short courses online until the autumn.  Where face-to-face teaching and in-person museum and gallery visits are safely possible again in the summer or autumn, elements of these may be re-introduced as optional extras for those students who are able to join us in London. Beyond the pandemic, our online learning is here to stay, so that we can continue to include all those in our teaching who for a variety of reasons cannot be with us on campus.

All short courses have been programmed by Dr Anne Puetz.
If you have any questions, please contact

A tree by a lake. It is very calm.

Summer School Online

Over 8 weeks in June and July, our online Summer School offers 30 week-long courses focusing intensively on a variety of art-historical periods and themes, and including close attention to individual art works.

Study Tours Online

Our virtual Study Tours explore what is no longer visitable: once-famous buildings, squares and gardens that have been demolished or are inaccessible to the public, and more importantly still, the vanished cultures of the past.

Showcasing Art History

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. The lectures are open to everyone over the age of 18, aim for a lively delive

Spring and Autumn Schools Online

Our Spring and Autumn Schools typically offer four to five-day intensive short courses familiarising students with fundamental aspects of the visual arts and of art history and its methodologies. 

Saturday Study Online

Saturday Study events are held once a term and engage with art-historical subjects of contemporary relevance.  The sessions in 2021 focus on questions of Imperial legacies and colonial encounters.