At every stage of the selection process, Institute staff use the following criteria for assessing applicants. Successful applicants will demonstrate:
- Potential for developing the skills used in humanities subjects, (such as History, English Literature, and Religious Studies). Skills required in the study of Art History include critical thinking, and the ability to analyse texts, debate ideas, and write with clarity.
- Potential aptitude for visual analysis. The ability to translate what one sees into words, and ultimately into coherent discussion as well as into succinct verbal and written presentations. Successful applicants will demonstrate the desire to develop these skills, and be willing to extend and diversify their approaches to objects and images under the guidance of their tutors.
- Potential to thrive in the environment offered by a specialist teaching institute. Their level of maturity should be such that they can negotiate both large lecture courses and small seminar groups, managing tasks such as oral presentations and group discussions. A potential for teamwork as well as individual contributions to the community is desirable.
- Openness to new ideas, and a tolerance for the ideas of others. Successful applicants will demonstrate both a desire to learn and the potential to be ‘teachable’, in terms of that openness and tolerance.