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BA History of Art Offer Holders 2020


Congratulations on your offer!

We are excited that you are considering studying at The Courtauld!

Some of you may have joined us for our Offer Holder webinar on 18 March. If you haven’t already, we would encourage you to catch up on the webinar below. We have also also added a range of resources including taster seminars, student blogs, interactive resources, and online events, so you can find out more about The Courtauld and the BA History of Art programme. Over the next few months, we will be updating this with further resources. If there is anything in particular you’d like to see, please let us know .

If you have any questions, including about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, please see please see our FAQs below, and do not hesitate to contact us.


Please access the webinar recording below. Kindly note that all questions asked during this webinar have been noted in the FAQs. In addition, please find a message from our Director, Deborah Swallow.

Offer holder webinar

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Offer holder Q&A

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Message from our Director

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Sample seminars

Foundation Lectures

In the Autumn term, you will take the Foundations Course, an introduction to different periods, themes and media in history, from the Classical world to today. You can find three recorded lectures below, delivered by Dr Jo Applin.

Lecture 1

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Lecture 2

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Lecture 3

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Chat with our students and academics

Find out about student life

'A week in the life of a BA student'

Read the blog

Moving away from home?

Our student’s tips for moving

Meet our students and alumni

Find out more about our alumni

Read our Alumni stories

Join our events

Watch our videos

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What makes The Courtauld unique?

Find out from The Courtald community

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Why does Art History Matter?

Hear from our academics

Explore The Courtauld Gallery

Frequently Asked Questions

How many places are on this programme in 2020/21?

There are 85 places on the BA History of Art for 2020/21 entry.

What are the term dates?
How many contact hours are on this programme?

Contact hours, in the form of lectures, seminar, tutorials and off-site teaching, will total 9 – 12 hours.

Students are expected to attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, galleries and to complete their own private study. In total, this is expected to take at least 21 to 26 hours per week.

What does a typical timetable look like?

Please see a BA History of Art example timetable, written by a current student.

This is based on 2019/20, and may not reflect your timetable. Timetables change from year to year.

Can I study a language as part of the course?

Yes, all students have a chance to study a language in their first year. In years 2 and 3, additional language courses can be accessed at LSE with a discount.

Can I access the reading list?

Suggested readings include:

  • The Story of Art by Ernst Gombrich
  • Emile Mâle’s Religious Art from the 12th to the 18th Century
  • Michael Baxandall, Patterns of Intention (New Haven and London, 1985),

The first few lecture groups of the Foundations course will examine classical and Byzantine art of the Mediterranean region, medieval art and architecture in Europe, Renaissance art in Italy and northern Europe, and sixteenth- to early nineteenth-century European architecture. The following texts apply to these topics:

  • Jaś Elsner, Imperial Rome and Early Christian Triumph (Oxford, 1998)
  • John Lowden, Early Christian and Byzantine Art (London, various editions)
  • Michael Camille, Gothic Art (various editions)
  • Susie Nash, Northern Renaissance Art (Oxford, 2008)
  • Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy (Oxford, 1988)
  • Christy Anderson, Renaissance Architecture (Oxford, 2013)

Please do not feel obliged to read all these texts, or feel constrained by them.

Do you offer an exchange programme or study abroad?

We currently do not offer study abroad, or exchange programmes.

Where can I found out about accommodation?
What financial support can I access?

If you are a UK / EU student, you can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees. As a UK student, you may also be eligible for a maintenance loan. Find our more from Student Finance.

The Courtauld offer a bursary, and for current students, we have a Hardship Fund.

I am an EU student. What changes will affect me?

If you are starting in 2020/21, there are no changes, including fees, which will remain consistent for the duration of your course. We do not have information for students starting beyond 202/21 academic year.

Which campus will I be taught at?

You will be primarily taught at our Vernon Square campus for the duration of your studies. Teaching may also take place in The Courtauld Gallery when it reopens, and off-site in other galleries and museums.

Since January 2019, we have been in our new temporary home at Vernon Square, King’s Cross. This move marked the start of our transformational project, Courtauld Connects. A key part of the project is the major refurbishment of The Courtauld’s buildings in the North Block of Somerset House.

At Vernon Square, we offer outstanding facilities and an excellent student experience and learning environment, with state of the art lecture theatres and seminar rooms, as well as digital resources and our book library.

I have questions about the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on my application.

Please see our FAQs for offer holders, which we will review regularly.

How will I be taught in 2020?

Please find more information here.

You will also receive updates by email and be invited to join a Q&A webinar.

Can I still request an Offer Holder pack to be posted to me?

All Offer Holder packs which were requested before 17 March have been posted.

Unfortunately, in light of our Vernon Square and Somerset House building closures, we are no longer able to post them during this period. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. When we re-open, we will reactive the request form and post any outstanding requests.

I have further questions - who should I contact?

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