Your personal statement in an application to the Courtauld Institute
If you are committed to art history, and are aiming for a place at the Courtauld Institute, your personal statement should be written with our BA Admissions process and selection criteria in mind. A copy of our Admissions Policy and information on our BA Selection Criteria can be found here.
Everyone is surrounded by visual materials, from buildings and works of art to films, photography, fashion, advertisements and computer games. Here are some pointers to what your personal statement might include:
- An explanation of why some visual materials you have seen really interest you,
- An account of how your understanding of visual materials has been affected by
- An article or book you have read (not necessarily art history),
- A description of how you became interested in art history and what you are looking forward to in studying the subject at university,
- An analysis of how the skills and knowledge you have gained from the other subjects you have studied have prepared you for a degree in art history.
Above all, we want to gain a clear picture of you as an individual who has the motivation and potential to benefit from a degree course in art history at a specialist institution.