Graduate Diploma in the History of Art Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London


Course info


Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma is a concentrated form of the undergraduate degree and gives graduates of other disciplines the opportunity to transfer their existing skills to the study of Art History. Through the Foundations course, it offers a broad overview of art historical themes and methods, and through Constellations courses and the assessed essay provides the opportunity to look in depth at particular periods or issues and to develop individual research skills. The programme is supported by a personal tutor and by study sessions and workshops on topics such as reading art historical texts and essay writing. Students have access to all that the Courtauld has to offer, including world-class events run by the Research Forum, careers events and one-to-one sessions with professional writers.

The Diploma provides a rigorous and solid foundation for further post-graduate study, and many graduates from the programme continue to MA study at The Courtauld or elsewhere. Others go on to careers in the art world, such as in art education or publishing, or combine skills and knowledge from a previous career with Art History to take an entirely new path. Still others take the Diploma purely for their own satisfaction and personal development. Whatever their motivation, Diplomatists find themselves to be part of a diverse and rich cohort, ready to share experiences and knowledge in a way that fosters high levels of engagement, academic achievement and a unique sense of community that often long outlasts the taught programme itself.

Careers & Employment

The Graduate Diploma programme is designed to enable you to build on previous careers or study, or to change career or direction. It equips students with highly transferable skills, relevant to a wide range of employment opportunities, or further academic study. Our graduates are not only equipped with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the History of Art, but also learn how to:

  • Analyse visual imagery and articulate sophisticated arguments in formal writing and in oral presentations.
  • Read critically and economically.
  • Assimilate complex material.
  • Formulate and express a broad range of different ideas.
  • Present research to a varied audience.
  • Develop independent research skills.
  • Experience collaborative work in groups.

With these skills, Courtauld graduates go on to further study and to jobs across the economy including:

Curators, Conservators, Art Dealers, Auction House experts, Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, Publishers, Media professionals, Teachers, Banking and Finance, Journalists, Business / Marketing & Communications, Fashion buyers, Civil servants

All students can access bespoke, one-to-one careers guidance throughout their studies. The Courtauld Careers Service offers advice and support on exploring career and further study options, changing career, finding internships, enhancing employability, understanding and navigating the jobs and self-employment market, and making successful applications. This service is available to all graduates for up to two years after graduation.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Diploma in the History of Art.

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees

£22,000.00 (22,53,816) overall cost


05 Oct


Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Somerset House,



WC2R 0RN, England

Entry requirement for international students

Equivalent to a good 2.1 in a UK first degree (e.g. US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above). International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic / for UKVI) with an overall bandwidth of 7.0 or above, with no less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing (must be taken within 2 years of the start of the programme).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Courtauld Scholarship

Value of scholarship


Application details:

Scholarship applications are made separately to the online application system used for programme applications.

Eligibility requirements:

Applications are welcomed from Home, EU and Overseas students applying to or currently studying the following programmes: Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Painting; MA History of Art; MA Curating the Art Museum; PhD Research (Not including the Writing Up year). The Graduate Diploma in the History of Art programme is not eligible for Courtauld Scholarship funding. Applications are highly competitive and decisions are based on criteria including academic merit and financial need.

Who can apply:

All international

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