Taught course

History of Art

Courtauld Institute of Art · Courtauld Institute of Art

Entry requirements

Normally a good 2:1 in a humanities subject (considered to be an overall average 65% or above). Equivalent international qualifications will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Studying for the MA History of Art at The Courtauld is a rewarding experience and an excellent gateway to working in the art sector or undertaking further study in the discipline.

The Courtauld's strength lies in it being a small, single-subject academic institution, providing students with an intimate environment in which to participate, develop their knowledge and gain skills for employment in the Arts sector and beyond.

The MA History of Art programme is designed around the study of specific Special Options and is taught by leading academics. The programme frequently incorporates new Special Options, with recent additions ranging from medieval architecture to early modern Persianate painting to contemporary Chinese art.

The taught section of the MA History of Art is made up of two elements:

  • One which focuses on art historical methods and techniques, and their application to the area of specialisation. This section is taught to all MA students together and accounts for 10% of teaching time.
  • Two, a special option in which one particular area is studied in considerable depth in groups of up to 10

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide proof of your English proficiency. The Courtauld requires an IELTS score of 7.0 or recognised equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

AHRC, Courtauld Scholarships, Courtauld Marshall Scholarship (US citizens only)

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Alex Hawkins
+44 (0)207 848 2635