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- Founded by the politician Viscount Lee of Fareham, the industrialist Samuel Courtauld, and the lawyer Sir Robert Witt in 1932.
- Originally located in Portman Square, until the move to Somerset House in 1989.
- Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Location and transport
- The Institute and its Gallery are based in central London, close to many cultural institutions, theatres, cinemas, clubs and the West End.
- Somerset House is one of the most important neo-Classical buildings in the country.
- Central location within easy access of mainline stations, the underground and buses.
- The standard A level offer for the BA History of Art in 2008 is AAB.
- Usual entry requirements for postgraduate courses is a good 2.1 (an overall average of 65%) in a relevant subject.
- 81% female students, 19% male students.
- 77% home and EU students, 23% overseas students.
- 6 applications per place on the BA History of Art; 3 applications per place on the MA History of Art; 8 applications per place on the MA Curating the Art Museum.
- Full-time degree courses.
- Full or part-time research.
- Many short courses and summer schools.
- We received the highest rating in the recent Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Audit.
- All classes are taught in small groups which, means students get to know their teachers (and fellow students) very well.
- We were awarded 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
- World-class academic staff
- Alumni include distinguished art historians, novelists, artists and poets, art dealers, journalists and the heads of major museums and galleries.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- The book library provides access to a significant art historical collection at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
- The other libraries contain more than 200,000 slides, photographs, architectural drawings, sculpture and illuminated manuscripts.
- IT centre provides private study areas, computers, printing and scanning facilites, technical support, internet café and wireless internet access.
- All students are invited to join the Student Union of the Institute and participate in its activities.
- Students at the institute are also entitled to make use of the University of London Union in Malet Street.
- Facilities at ULU include a music venue, bars, café, shop and fitness centre, which includes a swimming pool.
- Students may participate in the wide variety of University of London sports teams and organizations.
Recent/prospective new builds
- The Institute is located in Somerset House, a spectacular and historically important Georgian building in the centre of London.
Availability of part-time work
- Some work available within the institute, mainly on an ad-hoc basis.
- Many external opportunities within the surrounding area of Central London.
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