Taught course

History of Art

Courtauld Institute of Art · Courtauld Institute of Art

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Entry requirements

Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1 bachelors degree, considered to be an overall average 65% or above.

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Diploma offers a rigorous and varied array of courses designed to give graduates of other disciplines the opportunity to transfer their skills to the study of history of art. Seeking to encompass both breadth and depth, the programme combines a wide-ranging survey of visual cultures from classical antiquity to the present with object-based seminars focussing on particular areas of the discipline; complementing both is an introduction to art-historical methodologies that invites students to examine the theoretical foundations of the work they are being asked to do. All these different strands feed into an extended research essay, which is formally assessed. Upon graduating with the Diploma, students will have acquired a substantial body of knowledge together with the critical tools needed to build on what they have learned, either within the context of their own personal and/or professional development, or by proceeding on to an MA in the history of art.

Information for international students

All applicants are expected to have an effective knowledge of English, both spoken and written. For applicants whose first language is not English, we require proof of English proficiency – for details, please see the English Language Requirements page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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