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The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading center for studying the history and conservation of art and architecture. Its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Through its unique integration of activities, facilities, and resources, The Courtauld provides an exceptional environment for research, learning, and professional development. Based at Somerset House, Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London.

The Courtauld offers a range of degree programs – a BA, Graduate Diploma and MA in the History of Art a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings an MA in Wall Painting Conservation an MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation an MA in Curating the Art Museum and MPhil and Ph.D. research degrees in all these subjects. Courtauld faculty teach and supervise research from western antiquity to the global present. Through its alumni, The Courtauld generates an evolving community of specialists who shape the international art world. Facilities for students are exceptional, including outstanding libraries, the Research Forum, which offers access to visiting speakers from around the world, and The Courtauld Gallery‘s outstanding collection of paintings, drawings and prints, sculpture, and decorative arts.

We have an unmatched concentration of specialisms ranging from antiquity to the present and extending across diverse cultures, from early Christian Byzantium to contemporary China. Our conservators work at heritage sites throughout the world. To open minds to the power of art as central to the human experience. Our objectives are to:

  • Give all students a consistently excellent experience
  • Play a leading role in developing scholarship and teaching in art history, conservation and curating, and dialogue with other fields of inquiry
  • Develop our public offer at the highest level of quality that increases our reputation and builds and extends audiences
  • Secure the sustainability of The Courtauld
  • Please take advantage of new technologies to support our Mission
  • Ensure the infrastructure of the estate and its facilities are fit for The Courtauld’s needs
  • Optimizing the skills and talents of our staff and promoting a collaborative culture


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