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Vernon Square campus
Penton Rise
United Kingdom

The Courtauld works to advance how we see and understand the visual arts, as an internationally-renowned centre for the teaching, research and enjoyment of art history. 

Founded by collectors and philanthropists in 1932, the organisation has been at the forefront of developing the field of art history ever since through advanced research and conservation practice, innovative teaching, inspiring public exhibitions and events.  

A research-led higher education institution, The Courtauld is home to the largest community of art historians and conservators in the UK, teaching and carrying out research on subjects from creativity in late Antiquity to contemporary digital artforms - with an increasingly global focus. The Courtauld’s research has been assessed as “world-leading" in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. 

Leaders in their field, The Courtauld’s academics have areas of expertise covering art in all forms and all media, from the smallest, most personal painting or object to the design and evolution of whole cities from medieval cathedrals, mosques and temples, to contemporary fashion, photography and performance art.  

An independent college of the Ƶ, and awarding Ƶ degrees, The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes from BA to PhD in the History of Art, curating and the conservation of easel and wall paintings, and draws on the incredible resources of the world-famous Courtauld Gallery and art collection. Its alumni are leaders and innovators in the arts, culture and business worlds, helping to shape the global agenda for the arts and creative industries.  

Most of The Courtauld’s History of Art and Curating teaching takes place at Vernon Square, with the Conservation programmes mostly based at Somerset House.