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.

Entry Requirements

  • Admissions tutors are flexible on subjects studied, however where a student is completing two A levels in practical art subjects, a fourth A level is required to accommodate for overlap of course content.
  • GCSE Grade A–C in a European language is desirable but not required.
  • Typical Alevel offer is AAB.
  • Usual entry requirement for postgraduate courses is a good 2.1 (an overall average of 65%) in a relevant subject.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • Full-time degree courses.
  • Full or part-time research.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The Courtauld Gallery is an invaluable resource and is open daily with free entry for students. It houses a significant collection of 7,000 drawings and watercolours and 20,000 prints ranging from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century avant-garde.
  • Art and Architecture digital images: this resource features over 42,000 images comprising all of The Courtauld Gallery’s paintings and drawings, and more than 34,000 images of world architecture and sculpture from the Conway Photographic Library.
  • The Book Library comprises one of the major international collections of art historical books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues with almost 180,000 volumes.
  • The Slide Library administers an ever-growing database of digital images – currently some 100,000 records of painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscripts and decorative arts are available to students.
  • The IT Centre provides space for private study as well as computers, scanning and printing facilities.
  • There is also a fully air-conditioned student Internet Café, and wireless internet is available across the site.

Disability Services

  • 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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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 Guidance

  • All students can access bespoke, 1-to-1 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 35%
  • Postgraduate 65%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 97%
  • Part Time 3%

Where students come from

  • UK 63%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 21%
  • Female 79%


  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • 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).

Further Details

Address The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House
UCAS Code C80