The Courtauld Institute of Art, an independent college of the University of London, is a world-leading centre for the study of art history, conservation and curating. Home to one of the finest small art museums in the world, with an innovative programme of exhibitions.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: C80

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 40%
  • Postgraduate 60%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%

Where students come from

  • UK 63%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 20%
  • Female 80%

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • Some work is available within the institute, mainly on an ad-hoc basis.
  • There are many external opportunities within the surrounding area of central London.

Careers advice

  • All students can access bespoke, one-to-one careers guidance throughout their studies. The Courtauld careers service offers advice and support on exploring career and further study options, finding internships, enhancing employability, understanding and navigating the jobs and self-employment market, and making successful applications.
  • The Courtauld’s careers consultants also offer a tailored interview practice service, with detailed feedback, enabling students to prepare effectively for interviews.
  • The Courtauld Association Careers Certificate is awarded to students who demonstrate commitment to their personal and professional development by attending a programme of events designed to help them explore career paths and develop employability skills. This includes: panel sessions led by alumni in a range of careers, talks by recruitment and careers professionals on working in the art world, and employability skills workshops on a range of topics, including CV writing, interview technique and networking.
  • All students who complete the Certificate are invited to an exclusive alumni networking event, where they can meet a wide range of alumni and build valuable career contacts. Each year, students secure work opportunities through attending this event.

Disability support

  • The Courtauld welcomes applications from disabled students, who are considered on the same academic criteria as all other applicants.
  • The college takes all reasonable steps to make adjustments and provide necessary facilities to enable any student with a disability to attend a course for which they have been accepted on academic grounds.
  • Some financial assistance is available from the Access to Learning Fund to help students with disabilities with travel, accommodation or other relevant expenses. 

Students' Union

  • The Courtauld Students’ Union represents the interests of all students and provides a base for social activity with a variety of activities, societies, outings and parties throughout the year.
  • Student Central, situated on Malet street in nearby Bloomsbury, offers a wide-range of facilities and activities for students in London.
  • Membership is free for students enrolled at one of the University of London colleges.


  • The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded by Samuel Courtauld, Viscount Lee, and Sir Robert Witt in 1932 as the UK’s first university department devoted to the study of art.
  • It was originally housed in Portland Square, Marylebone, and quickly established itself as a beacon of art scholarship and study. As the Courtauld grew, a new location was necessary and it moved to Somerset House in 1989.
  • Samuel Courtauld’s private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings were donated as a resource for the students to study.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Courtauld Institute of Art offers an MA Buddhist Art: History and Conservation; this uniquely combines the study of Buddhism, Buddhist art, and the techniques and conservation of Buddhist art.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • The Courtauld has over 7,000 alumni, many of whom fulfil key roles as museum directors, curators, academics, conservators, critics, journalists, and various roles in the commercial art world.
  • They include directors of the British Museum, Tate and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).


The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House , Strand, London , WC2R 0RN