The Courtauld MA History of Art provides the best in research-led teaching by world class faculty in a unique, single-subject setting. It is renowned for offering outstanding training in the specialised analytical and communication skills necessary for further research or for employment both in the arts sector and across a wide range of other careers. The programme excels at developing well-rounded and intellectually astute art historians and museum professionals equipped to make an important contribution to public life.
Special Options, taught by lectures, one-to-ones, tutorials, study trips, and ordinarily in small groups of 8-10 students, remain the hallmark of The Courtauld MA History of Art. Renowned for their rigour, their breadth and scope continues to expand, with options on China, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia. Special options range across media, temporalities and geographies to include topics such as ‘Strolling Isfahan: Masters, Merchants and Monarchs’, ‘Countercultures: Alternative Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1959-1989’ and ‘Photography, Film and Video in Global Contemporary Art’. Recent additions to the programme include ‘Circum-Atlantic Visual Culture c. 1700-1830’, ‘The Court Arts of China in Beijing and Beyond’, ‘Miniature to Monumental: Encounters with Medieval Art’ and ‘Romantic Revivals: The Search for Origins 1950-1870’.
The MA History of Art structure combines our long-standing commitment to specialism with new means to foster fresh dialogues among students from across our tightly-knit community. Throughout the first term, you will attend a signature new weekly lecture course designed and delivered by faculty to explore cutting-edge thinking from across the breadth of our discipline, followed up by discussion classes led by our outstanding community of research students. You will also have expanded opportunities to participate in shared interest study strands designed to complement your chosen Special Option.