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How to apply for the BA History of Art

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How to apply for the BA History of Art


BA History of Art

How to apply for the BA History of Art

All applications must be made via the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Due to the large volume of applications we receive for the BA programme, you must apply by the 15 January UCAS deadline. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Applicants will be assessed on academic potential and achievement.  If your application is accepted, you will be invited to visit The Courtauld for a day to give you a flavour of what a day as a student studying here would be like. This will enable you to see a lecture, take part in a range of activities and ask questions of our academics.

UCAS Course Details:

Institution code name: CRT
Institution code: C80
Course code: V350
Campus code: Leave Blank
Short form of the course title: BA/HoA
Further details: None required
Defer Entry: Enter ‘N’ if you wish to apply for the 2018/19 intake or ‘Y’ if you wish to defer your entry to 2019/20. (Applications for deferred entry will be decided the year the application is made.)

As part of your UCAS application you will be asked to write a personal statement. Advice on writing your personal statement can be found here.

The Courtauld receives over 300 applications at undergraduate level, with around 70 of these typically being admitted.

If your first language is not English, you should send a scanned copy of your English proficiency certificate (IELTS or Cambridge Advanced English) to the Admissions team via Likewise, if your school results are not automatically reported to UCAS (i.e., if you have studied outside the United Kingdom), you should send scanned copies of your school certificates.

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants for transfer into the second or third year of the course at this time.


At every stage of the selection process, Courtauld staff use the following criteria for assessing applicants. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • potential for developing the skills used in the study of humanities subjects, such as History, English Literature, Religious Studies or Geography. Skills required in the study of art history include critical thinking, the analysis of texts, debating ideas, and writing.
  • a potential aptitude for the analysis of visual material. The ability to translate what you see into words, and ultimately into coherent discussion, is a skill that needs practice and development like any other. Successful applicants will demonstrate the desire to make that development, and be willing to extend their approach to visual images under the guidance of their tutor.
  • the 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 some teamwork as well as individual contribution to the community is desirable.
  • openness to new ideas, and a tolerance for the ideas of others. They will demonstrate both a desire to learn and the potential to be teachable.

Undergraduate Selections Criteria

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