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The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of 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.

The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London. In January 2019, we moved to our home until 2023/24, at Vernon Square, King’s Cross. This move marked the start of Courtauld Connects, a key part of the project which is the major refurbishment of The Courtauld’s magnificent buildings in the north block of Somerset House. Working with RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann to carefully restore Sir William Chambers’ masterwork, we are transforming the experience of The Courtauld through improved access and re-awakening of some of the beautiful spaces throughout the building.

The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes – 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 PhD 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.

The Courtauld Gallery, is famous for its iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous other important paintings and works of art from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.  Its research-based temporary exhibitions are small in scale, and designed to offer both pleasure to the eye and stimulation for the mind. The Courtauld Gallery and Courtauld Shop are currently closed while Courtauld Connects building work takes place.

Public lectures, short courses and summer schools allow members of the public to share in the wealth of expertise at The Courtauld.

Courtauld Connects: our major transformation project

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A history of The Courtauld

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