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Welcome Week 2019/20

Welcome to The Courtauld!

Welcome Week: Monday 30 September - Friday 4 October

There are a number of important events throughout our Welcome Week, ranging from getting you registered on your programme for the year ahead, introduction sessions for your programme, and registering for a GP, as well as orientation for students new to the UK.

This week will help get your bearings for the year and provide information on the range of academic and non-academic support available. Sessions are not repeated, so it is advised that you attend all relevant sessions to avoid missing out on important information.

All Welcome Week events take place at The Courtauld’s Vernon Square location unless otherwise stated.

Below you will find our Welcome Week schedule, reminders on how to pay tuition fees and what your first steps as a international student on a visa will be.

Please contact us at the relevant email address below if you have any questions, particularly if you cannot make any of the scheduled enrolment sessions:

Undergraduate: ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Postgraduate: pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Our Students’ Union organise Fresher’s Week, and will put on a series of events that cater for student life, societies and off-site activities – more information is available on the Students’ Union page.

Welcome Week Schedule

Here you will find the 2019 Welcome Week schedule for all programmes.

The schedule is subject to change, so please check back periodically, especially just before the start of Welcome Week itself.

There are further guidelines – what to bring for enrolment sessions, and an explanation of library groups and MA History of Art groupings – below.

Welcome Week Schedule 2019

Teaching timetables for the week commencing 7 October for the BA History of Art Years 1-3 and the MA History of Art programmes can be found below.

Other programme timetables will be available in due course, with access to your full timetable granted once you are enrolled and able to access our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).

BA History of Art Year 1

Your timetable for the first week of teaching can be found here.

Please note that BA1 students will be notified separately about their BA1 topic course and foundation group allocations.

BA History of Art Year 2
BA History of Art Year 3
MA History of Art

Enrolment consists of two stages for all students, new and continuing:

Stage 1 – Online Enrolment

Stage 2 – In-person Enrolment

You will receive an email with a link to Stage 1 ahead of Welcome Week. Stage 1 must be completed before you attend an Enrolment session for Stage 2 enrolment.

There will be signage leading up to Enrolment from The Courtauld reception foyer.

For the Stage 2 enrolment session you will proceed as follows:

Finance Desk – To confirm that you have paid tuition / pay tuition

Enrolment Desk – To process your enrolment

Student Services Front Desk – Once enrolled you will be able to pick up your Student ID card

All students should bring the following – you will not be able to enrol otherwise:

  • Passport (other official forms of identification may be accepted but should be cleared with the admissions team in advance)
  • Payment for fees/proof of payment for fees (including SLC confirmation letter for those in receipt of SLC funding)
  • Biometric Residence Permit (if applicable)

New students (those starting a new programme) should also bring:

  • Original copies of your relevant qualifications and English Language Test if required. Undergraduate students do not need to provide hard copy qualifications unless otherwise requested – typically if you hold non-UK qualifications, or if it has been over two years since you completed your qualifications. Previous Courtauld graduates also do not need to provide evidence of their qualifications.

Larger programmes have staggered Enrolment times by surname alphabetical order. Please check the Enrolment and Induction Schedule for specific slots within your programme.

Due to the size of the MA History of Art programme we split Welcome and Induction sessions and Enrolment Sessions into two groups based on period section:

Group 1 – Modern and Contemporary

The Sixties: Eccentric, Erotic, Psychotic
Documenting Fashion: Modernity, Film and Image in America and Europe, 1920-1960
Victorian Science and Aesthetic Movement Art
Countercultures: Alternative Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1959-1989
Modernism after Postmodernism: Twentieth Century Art and its Interpretation
The Male Body in Modernity, 1750-1880
New York-London-Paris, 1880-1940
Experiencing Modernism: Utopia, Politics, and Times of Turmoil
Documentary Reborn: Photography, Film and Video in Global Contemporary Art
Global China: Contemporary Chinese Art and Geopolitics
Global Conceptualism: The Last Avant Garde or a New Beginning?
Contacts and Contexts in Russian Art, 1905–1953

Group 2 – Classical, Medieval and Byzantine + Renaissance + Early Modern:

Miniature to Monumental: Encounters with Medieval Art
Byzantium and its Rivals: Art, Display and Cultural Identity in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean
England, Europe and Beyond: Art, Identity, Trade & Politics in the Middle Ages
Object Lessons: Art at the Courts of France and Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries
Continuity and Innovation: Reframing Italian Renaissance Art from Masaccio to Michelangelo
Strolling Isfahan: Masters, Merchants and Monarchs
Circum-Atlantic Visual Culture, c. 1770-1830
Baroque Classicism: Style and Society in 17th Century Italy and France
Modernity and Antiquity in British Architecture, 1615-1815
Imperial Circuits: Court Arts of China in Beijing and Beyond
Bodies of Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands 1540-1660
Art in Paris 1789-1848: Commemoration and Contestation

 

Library Tours are a fantastic opportunity for you to meet our friendly Library Staff and be guided around our library – where various different book types and research materials can be found and the ins and outs of library use.

As the Library will be in use and due to the small size of many of the book aisles and sections, larger programmes have their library tours split into separate groups. For most programmes these are recommended times – you may attend any of the dedicated sessions for your programme.

Due to it’s large size, The MA History of Art programme is split into groups based on MA Option as below:

  1. The Sixties: Eccentric, Erotic, Psychotic
  2. Documenting Fashion: Modernity, Film and Image in America and Europe, 1920-1960
  3. Documentary Reborn: Photography, Film and Video in Global Contemporary Art
  4. Art in Paris 1789-1848: Commemoration and Contestation
  5. Contracts and Contexts in Russian Art, 1905 – 1953
  6. Object Lessons: Art at the Courts of France and Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries
  7. England, Europe and Beyond: Art, Identity, Trade & Politics in the Middle Ages
  8. Circum-Atlantic Visual Culture, c. 1770-1830
  9. Continuity and Innovation: Reframing Italian Renaissance Art from Masaccio to Michelangelo A – K
  10. Continuity and Innovation: Reframing Italian Renaissance Art from Masaccio to Michelangelo L – Z
  11. Miniature to Monumental: Encounters with Medieval Art
  12. Byzantium and its Rivals: Art, Display and Cultural Identity in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean
  13. Baroque Classicism: Style and Society in 17th Century Italy and France
  14. Strolling Isfahan: Masters, Merchants and Monarchs AND Modernity and Antiquity in British Architecture, 1615-1815
  15. Global China: Contemporary Chinese Art and Geopolitics
  16. New York-London-Paris, 1880-1940
  17. Bodies of Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands 1540-1660
  18. Imperial Circuits: Court Arts of China in Beijing and Beyond
  19. Modernism after Postmodernism: Twentieth Century Art and its Interpretation
  20. Victorian Science and Aesthetic Movement Art
  21. Global Conceptualism: The Last Avant Garde or a New Beginning?
  22. Experiencing Modernism: Utopia, Politics, and Times of Turmoil
  23. Countercultures: Alternative Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1959-1989
  24. The Male Body in Modernity, 1750-1880
When will I get my teaching timetable?

A general programme timetable will be emailed out as soon as it is fully confirmed. Upon enrolment and gaining IT access you will be able to view a personalised timetable on the VLE.

Is there a reading list for my course?

Reading lists, where available, can be found on this publicly available page of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Can I enrol early?

Unfortunately it is not possible for us to register you before 30 September 2018.

I cannot make the enrolment session for my programme - what can I do?

Please contact us at:

Undergraduate: ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Postgraduate: pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

We will be able to arrange for you to enrolment at a different time.

What if I will be late to enrol?

We expect all students to enrol on time, though understand that there may be exceptional circumstances that cause delay.

All students must be enrolled by 31 October 2019 – any student not enrolled by this time will be withdrawn from the programme.

I have yet to find accommodation - what can I do?

There may still be limited spaces available through the University. Please contact us at ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk / pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk for more information.

There are a number of alternative avenues you may wish to consider:

  1. Courtauld Housing Group on Facebook

Our Students’ Union manage the Courtauld Housing Group on Facebook, an active group for those who are not successful in gaining a place from our initial allocations. To join, simply request to join the group. You can use the group to find vacancies in shared houses with current students, see ads from private landlords, or make arrangements with others to find accommodation together.

  1. Goodenough College (for postgraduate students only)

Postgraduate students may be able to apply for single, couples’ and family accommodation at Goodenough College. The application procedure and allocation is entirely managed by Goodenough College.

  1. UoL Intercollegiate Halls Waiting List

University of London have in the past run a waiting list for students who have not yet managed to secure accommodation.

In order to apply for accommodation on the waiting list, you need to apply directly via University of London. UoL will provide details on their website on how to apply between early-to-mid September.

Applications to the waiting list will be considered for whichever rooms are available and will be prioritised according to need.

  1. University of London Housing Services (for private sector housing)

University of London Housing Services provide extremely helpful advice about renting accommodation in the private sector. Please refer to them for general advice and guidance in to renting in London.

I wish to get in touch about a welfare issue in advance of Welcome Week
I am an international student - Do I need to attend both the International Student Visa Check and Enrolment session and my programme enrolment session?

No – if you are an international student and required a visa to study in the UK, you only need to attend the international student session.

Study Abroad students should also attend this session.

I'm an international student and haven't picked up my BRP yet - can I still enrol?

We will not be able to fully enrol you until we can scan your Bio-metric Residence Permit (BRP). Please plan around being in the UK ahead of the international student enrolment day to allow yourself enough time to pick up your BRP.

What if I am having problems with my entry vignette or cannot pick up my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) visa prior to enrolment?

Contact us immediately if you are having any problems in regards to arriving into the UK before enrolment, delays in picking up your BRP prior to 30 September, or any other visa issues. It is vital that you report any errors with dates, status or sponsor on your vignette or BRP as soon as possible, as there are particularly limited windows for errors to be corrected.

Can I use the eGates on entry to the UK?

Eligible non-visa nationals are advised not to use eGates, and should instead obtain entry clearance from a Border Force officer at the airport when you first visit the UK.

Requesting Letters

You will be sent a link to request any additional letters after you have completed Stage Two enrolment. Letters you may require include: a bank letter (enabling you to set up a student bank account), or Council Tax exemption letter, which you will need if you are living in a rented flat rather than the halls of residence. You will not be able to request these letters until you have completed Stage Two enrolment.

When requesting a bank letter, you are advised to provide the name and address of the branch at which you intend to open your account. As banks will not accept a generic letter we will need the branch details in order to create a letter for the bank you have chosen.

Please note that there is a high demand for letters at the start of the academic year.

You will be emailed as soon as your letters are ready to collect from the Student and Academic Services Office

How do I apply for my Student Oyster Card?

You will be eligible for a Student Oyster Card once you have completed Stage 2 enrolment. You must apply directly via TFL at www.tfl.gov.uk, providing your Student ID number found on your Student ID card. It may take a few weeks to be processed and sent to you by TFL.

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