Anja, BA History of Art
The Courtauld has offered me a full and well-rounded education, letting me experience a range of courses and helping me to understand what I truly enjoy. From courses covering the Global Contemporary to 17th Century Graphic Satire, my three years at The Courtauld have allowed me to understand a range of topics across Art History, helping me to narrow down my personal interests. I have discovered time periods and objects that I did not expect to study when entering my first year, and would never have guessed that my final Assessed Essay would cover a 14th century Italian ostensory, used in Christian ritual.
As someone who did not study Art History prior to beginning my first year at The Courtauld, I can confidently say that the courses here are not intimidating to newcomers, but still remain challenging to those who already have a foundational understanding of the subject. Extracurricular activities such as writing and editing for The Courtauldian, the student publication, helped me to make close friends at The Courtauld and gain experience at the same time. I have also enjoyed smaller social events held by the Student Union, such as pub quizzes and hand-in parties. Research Forum events help students to get to know the staff and broaden their research interests, and there are a number of lectures that I have attended that have sparked interests I didn’t realise I had. I also attended Masters and PhD presentations at The Courtauld, giving an insight into what it would be like to continue in an academic environment.
Morgan, BA History of Art
For me, the primary benefits of studying at The Courtauld are the opportunities offered by being in the middle of one of the world’s cultural centres. When studying the History of Art, the advantages of being able to see great works on your doorstep are immeasurable – I can’t imagine doing it another way. With its collection of world-class galleries and museums, London allows you to see art from around the world through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and shows throughout the year. But London offers so much more for a student than just galleries and museums. Great institutions like the British Library and the University of London’s own Senate House Library allow you access to some of the best research resources in the country.
Outside academic work, there is always something interesting and exciting happening in London. No matter your interests there will be something for you, from the London Jazz Festival to the Lord Mayor’s Show, the BFI Film Festival to the Royal Opera House. The city is home to hundreds of different musical venues offering world-class performances of every genre and type. Even just walking the city itself can be entertainment enough, from its winding Victorian passages and grand Georgian streets to the enchanting medieval corners seemingly untouched by the advancing years – to explore London is to explore history. And, if you want to escape the urban sprawl, London has excellent transport connections to help you escape to green spaces, whether that’s as nearby as Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park or further afield like Brighton or St Albans.
Studying in London is an education in itself.