Courtauld Institute of Art

Course Introduction

Provides knowledge and understanding of major developments and issues in the history of Western Art, and trains students to position their own analysis in relation to a range of established interpretative methods employed in the discipline.

Course Modules

Year 1 options: ancient sculpture in London collections; ancient sculpture in London collections: from late antiquity to Byzantium in London collections; Hogarth in London collections; neoclassical architecture and design in London; modern sculpture in London 1850'1939; Italian altarpieces of the late middle ages and renaissance; exploring early modern works in London collections. Year 2 options: architecture in 15th century Italy; cold war cultures (art in a divided world 1945'1991); narrative histories of 19th 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; 17th 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 19th century art; re'presenting the past: uses of history in dress, fashion and art. Year 3 options: 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 1340'1420); Versailles (from hunting lodge to national museum)

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAAABB
  • International Baccalaureate 30
  • Course specific
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 73%

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Studying 30
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Total Written: 69%

Total Coursework: 28%

Total Practical: 3%

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