The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art, founded in 1932, is the major centre in Britain for the study of the history of Western art, and one of the premier art historical institutes in the world. It was awarded the top grading (5*) in the last Research Assessment Exercise – the only History of Art department in the country to receive this distinction – and 23 out of 24 in Quality Assessment.

The Courtauld is a small organisation with all the advantages of contact with teachers and other students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. It is also a College of the federal University of London, and its students enjoy access to a broad range of facilities throughout the University.

Why study with us?

The Courtauld has a teaching staff of thirty (including six conservation teachers), who cover a very broad spectrum of the arts and architecture of the Western world from classical antiquity to the present day.

Courtauld teachers approach the history of art from a wide range of perspectives. Close examination of individual works is important, but the teaching also engages with the many broader historical and theoretical issues raised by the subject. Throughout, the making and viewing of art and architecture are treated as a branch of history, and are explored in relation to many other aspects of the history of the periods studied.


The Courtauld houses collections of books, slides, reproductions and photographs of works of art, and a laboratory equipped for the investigation of the material constitution or conditions of works of art.


The Courtauld Gallery houses a world-famous collection of paintings.


The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House
London WC2 0RN


General number:
+44 (0) 20 7872 0220
Degree programmes office:
+44 (0) 20 7848 2645



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