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History of Art (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
Art History of The Courtauld Institute of Art is a dynamic and lively subject. It combines the rigour of a history degree with visual skills and the ability to look at and interpret works of art. It will help you develop critical skills in how to look, to think and to present your ideas succinctly and persuasively that are essential in today’s job market.
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The History of Art degree at The Courtauld Institute of Art introduces students to a wide range of visual art from the ancient period up to the present day. Through a mixture of lectures, seminars, discussion groups and study trips, you will have the opportunity to experience an exciting range of approaches to art from around the world. Our objects of study include buildings, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, performance and installation art, fashion history, design and more. Alongside specialist courses taught by world-leading experts in the field, the degree also introduces you to theoretical and critical approaches to works of art throughout the three years.

Key facts:

We also make the most out of London’s art and architecture, as well as The Courtauld’s own world-leading art collection (which will reopen in 2021 after a major redevelopment of Somerset House). A hallmark of The Courtauld degree is the small size of our classes, and friendly, informal environment where everyone is studying either the History of Art, curating, or the conservation of the work of art. You’ll also have the opportunity to study a language, and apply for dedicated funds to travel and see works of art you are studying.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Architecture in Fifteenth-Century Italy
  • Cold War Cultures: Art in a Divided World 1945-1991
  • Narrative Histories of Nineteenth-Century Art: Art in France c.1840-1900
  • Object Lessons: Investigating the Making of Art in Late Medieval Europe
  • Painting in Britain c.1714-1832
  • Seventeenth-Century Art in the Courts of Prague, Rome, Paris and Madrid
  • The Virgin's Places, 1220-1350
  • Art in France 1900-39: Nationhood and Tradition
  • History of New Media
  • Looking for the Ancient Artist
  • Monuments and Memory
  • Queer Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Art
  • Re-presenting the Past: Uses of History in Dress, Fashion and Art
  • Classicisms in Modernity
  • Frameworks for Interpretation
  • American Japanism: A Case Study in Cross-Cultural Aesthetics
  • Body and Gender in the Art of the French Revolution
  • Medieval Reliquaries and the Construction of Sanctity
  • Power, Piety and Prestige: Art at the Courts of France, c. 1340-1420
  • Versailles: From Hunting Lodge to National Museum

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • You do not need any background in art history to apply; only an interest in art and its histories and a willingness to work hard.
  • We warmly encourage students of all backgrounds to apply to the Institute. If you are applying as a candidate from socio-economic groups that are under-represented in Higher Education, we are able to make you a lower offer than our typical entry requirement.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19871 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19871 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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