Resident Organisation

The Courtauld Institute of Art

North Wing
Somerset House
020 7848 2777
courtauld.ac.uk/contact-us

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a world-leading centre for the study of art history, conservation and curating. An independent college of the University of London, it was founded in 1932 as the UK’s first university department devoted to the study of art. 

Today The Courtauld is ranked first for History of Art in the UK (The Guardian University league tables 2017) and offers a wide-range of degree programmes, including: BA (Hons) History of Art, Graduate Diploma in the History of Art; Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings; MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation; MA in the Conservation of Wall Paintings; MA in Curating the Art Museum; MA in the History of Art and research degrees.  It has a world-class faculty of art historians and conservationists dedicated to specialised research-led teaching.

The Courtauld as an institution leads the whole higher education sector for research quality, and is ranked highest for History of Art (Research Excellence Framework 2014).  The Sackler Research Forum is the hub of The Courtauld’s research community and attracts visiting speakers from around the world.  It offers an extensive programme of lectures, conferences, workshops and seminars supporting advanced enquiry in the history of art, conservation and museum studies. 

At the heart of The Courtauld is its Gallery, one of London’s must-see art museums. The Courtauld Gallery collection stretches from the early Renaissance to the 20th century and beyond. It is renowned for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, and the largest collection of Cézanne in the UK.

The Courtauld’s Public Programmes’ series of lectures, study tours and summer school are designed to promote the understanding and enjoyment of art and art history, and engage the public with the unique resource of The Courtauld’s Gallery’s collections, as well as the academic work of the institution.

Through its global network of 7,500 alumni, The Courtauld generates an evolving community of specialists who shape the international art world and beyond.  They include the Directors of the National Gallery, British Museum and Tate in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Plans are being developed for a major refurbishment and transformation of The Courtauld’s home at Somerset House.  The project, called Courtauld Connects, will include the development of state-of-the-art learning facilities.