The Graduate Diploma is a concentrated form of the undergraduate degree and gives graduates of other disciplines the opportunity to transfer their existing skills to the study of Art History. Through the Foundations course, it offers a broad overview of art historical themes and methods, and through Constellations courses and the assessed essay provides the opportunity to look in depth at particular periods or issues and to develop individual research skills. The programme is supported by a personal tutor and by study sessions and workshops on topics such as reading art historical texts and essay writing. Students have access to all that the Courtauld has to offer, including world-class events run by the Research Forum, careers events and one-to-one sessions with professional writers.
The Diploma provides a rigorous and solid foundation for further post-graduate study, and many graduates from the programme continue to MA study at The Courtauld or elsewhere. Others go on to careers in the art world, such as in art education or publishing, or combine skills and knowledge from a previous career with Art History to take an entirely new path. Still others take the Diploma purely for their own satisfaction and personal development. Whatever their motivation, Diplomatists find themselves to be part of a diverse and rich cohort, ready to share experiences and knowledge in a way that fosters high levels of engagement, academic achievement and a unique sense of community that often long outlasts the taught programme itself.