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Courtauld Institute

UCAS Code: C80

Location: Central London Show on Map

Site: Single site on the Strand

A top UK research-intensive institution. A specialist college of London University.

Student Population

Total Students:435
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:155
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:0%
UK Students:84%
State school entry:48%

Teaching Staff

31 full-time.

Broad study areas

History of art (western civilization, from antiquity to the present day).


Admission Information: All offers based on A-levels, or equivalent.
Points on Entry (Mean):444
Drop Out Rate:0%
Accommodation:Most first years housed.


Structural features:College of London University
Site:The Strand, in central London.
How to get there:Close to many underground/rail stations (Charing Cross, Embankment, Temple, Covent Garden, Waterloo); many buses down the Strand.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Part-time student welfare officer plus London University facilities and health centre.
Amenities:SU is affiliated to ULU and students can use its gymnasium, swimming pool, squash courts, etc.
Accommodation:Most first years housed in accommodation owned by The Courtauld or London University. 80 places in own residence (40 for first degree students) and university inter-collegiate halls, rents approximately £157–£225 per week self-catering. Many students live in privately owned accommodation for 2 years; rents £95–£120 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Over 180,000 volumes, 300 current periodicals, approx 150 study places; a slide library with over 250,000 b/w and coloured slides. Information provision, £220 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service, open 12 hours/day. 30+ points with access to library and internet (ratio workstations to students 1:30). IT support from 3 staff members. Introductory computing sessions on demand for small groups in first term.
Other learning resources:Witt and Conway Image Libraries (photographs and reproductions of paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture and architecture). The Courtauld Gallery (French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, Flemish and Italian old master paintings and drawings, Turner watercolours).
Careers:University information and advice service.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £7000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by The Courtauld.
Term-time work:Term-time work allowed for full-time students (50% believed to work); limit of 10 hours per week is encouraged. Some work available on campus in library and assistance with open days.
Financial help:Bursary of £3000 for students whose family income is up to £25k pa, of £2000 where it is £25k−£30k pa, reducing down to a bursary of £250 where family income is £40k−£42.6k pa. £8000 government hardship fund for home students (average award £300). Travel funds and postgraduate scholarships also available.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £13,300 pa. 


Academic features:

Postgraduate courses in the history of art, history of architecture, curating the art museum, history of dress, and conservation of wall and easel paintings.

Awarding body:

University of London

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

3 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Art History

Student view


It’s in Somerset House, one of the most splendid buildings in London, together with the Courtauld’s world-famous art collection. The Strand is on one side, the Thames on the other. It has superb library facilities – Book Library and the Witt and Conway libraries for pictorial reference – teaching rooms and its own fully-modernised lecture theatre. Comfortable common room space for students and a smart refectory selling quality food. It’s small, with a friendly atmosphere; the ‘finishing school’ reputation is long gone. Very high academic standards; all tutors expect complete dedication. Social life revolves around frequent parties and a summer ball. Added to this is the more informal social life whereby, when the college closes, anyone left in the building is encouraged to go to the pub. Some accommodation on the Strand, otherwise students are referred to London University intercollegiate halls. As members of the university, students can make use of all ULU sporting facilities at Malet Street. London’s galleries and libraries within walking distance and, of course, the West End and all the entertainments London has to offer.


Housing: Institute housing close by plus intercollegiate halls. Eats: Cheap refectory. Drink: The Lyceum pub substitutes for a Union bar. Nightlife: Parties. Sport: ULU facilities. Travel: Institute travel scholarships. Financial help: Emergency hardship loans. Jobs: Several jobs in libraries and galleries for those that need them. Informal name: CIA.

Past Students

Giles Waterfield, Anita Brookner (authors), Neil McGregor (British Museum), Alan Bowness (former director, Tate Gallery), Anthony Blunt (art historian), Vincent Price (actor), Jeremy Deller (artist).



The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House


020 7848 2777





Student enquiries:

Undergraduate Admissions (tel 020 7848 2645/2635).



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