The Courtauld offers one undergraduate degree programme, the BA (Hons) History of Art. This seeks to attract students of the highest calibre, who are driven by an insatiable curiosity to learn about the visual arts and their histories.
The education we offer equips our students with a critical understanding of art from antiquity to the present, thus giving them an ideal foundation for further academic study. Our BA also inculcates a broad range of transferable skills that qualify our graduates to pursue a wide variety of careers. Taught mainly in small groups, and as often as possible directly in front of original works of art and architecture, our undergraduates learn to think for themselves, and how to communicate their thoughts to others in a lucid, disciplined and professional manner.
The undergraduate student who comes to The Courtauld becomes part of a vibrant intellectual community united by the same passion for knowledge about visual culture. Like all of our degree programmes, the BA aims to give our students access to the best available research-led teaching, and to world-class learning resources, starting with our own specialist libraries and the treasures of The Courtauld Gallery, and encompassing the full and rich panoply of relevant materials that are on offer in London. Most students will also experience at least one study trip abroad during the course of their degree.
|2018/9 Fees:||Home/EU fee: £9,250
Overseas fee: £18,180
|Application Deadline||15 January 2018|
We welcome applicants who have a serious interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of art history. Entry is competitive; however, The Courtauld is committed to admitting students with the best ability and potential regardless of their educational background or financial resources. We aim to allow applicants to show themselves to their best advantage, so while the following describes the standard entry requirements, please note that these are flexible (offers are sometimes modified to meet individual circumstances). You will not be required to have studied history of art previously, however, advanced study in the humanities is recommended.
Each year you will complete a number of essays and formal exams, which are designed to measure your level of achievement and understanding of the subject matter:
You will submit two essays in each of the autumn and spring terms, and take two formal examinations at the end of the academic year.
You will take three formal examinations relating to Frameworks for Interpretation and each of your Constellation courses at the end of the academic year and submit one 4,000-word essay which should address interests arising directly from your courses.
Assessment is based on four formal examinations at the end of the academic year relating to the Special Option Courses and one 5,000-word essay on a topic of particular interest.
In addition to formal assessments, you will be assessed informally on an ongoing basis, which may include:
- Contribution to class discussion
- Class presentations
- Written work
At the end of each course, you will have a tutorial session with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and performance.
The BA programme is designed to produce graduates with highly transferable skills, which prepare them for a wide range of employment opportunities, or further academic study. Our graduates are not only equipped with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the history of art, but they also learn how to:
- Analyse visual imagery and articulate sophisticated arguments in formal writing
- Read critically and economically
- Assimilate complex material
- Formulate and express a broad range of different ideas
- Present research to a varied audience
- Develop independent research skills
- Experience collaborative work in groups.
Home / EU fee £9,250
Overseas fee £18,180
Fees are subject to change each academic year. You can find out what qualifies as home, EU, and overseas fees here.
Financial support for your studies
Find information about loans, grants, and bursaries to support you during your undergraduate studies at The Courtauld here.