IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the Courtauld Institute of Art.
The Courtauld Institute of Art
IES Abroad has the honor of being only of a select few study abroad providers to have a partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art, giving IES Abroad art history majors an exceptional opportunity to study at this world-renowned institute.
Founded in 1932 and rooted in in-depth historical analysis, the Courtauld curriculum is designed for students who are prepared to be actively engaged in the most challenging and advanced critical topics of Art History. With small-group instruction at the heart of the academic experience, you are expected to take responsibility for mastering the material and participating fully in discussions.
Students typically register for the standard second year undergraduate program of study at the Courtauld for either a single semester or an academic year. Small-group instruction is at the heart of the academic experience. The program of study could include broad historical period coverage or more specialized and in-depth investigation of two periods and issues relating to two broader fields of art history.
Areas could include Classical/Byzantine/Medieval; Renaissance; Early Modern; or Modern/Contemporary. Dependent on previous coursework, you may be assigned or be able to choose from a range of survey and texts and contexts courses. You may also wish to pursue independent studies.
For more specific information on offerings, visit the Courtauld's study abroad page.
Students studying at the Courtauld in the fall semester enroll in one Frameworks for Interpretation course, and one Period course.
Past Period courses have included:
- Decline and Fall: Art and Transformation in Late Antiquity
- Art in Venice c. 1420 - 1510
- Rococo to Revolution: Art and Society in France c. 1715–1790
- Histories of Twentieth-Century Art: American Art 1945 – 1972
- Cathedrals in Context: Religion and the Great Church in England 1170 - 1350
Students studying at the Courtauld in the Spring semester will enroll in one Texts and Contexts course, and one Theme course. Past Texts and Contexts courses have included:
- The Metaphysics of Art History: German Art History from Kant to Gombrich
- Man, Nature and the Construction of the Landscape Idea
- Approaches to the Architecture of Michelangelo
- Monuments and Memory
- Artists’ Writings: 1960s to the Present
This magnificent building was designed by Sir William Chambers and built in 1780. Located in Somerset House, The Courtauld is situated in the bustling heart of central London. Theater, art, political history, major financial institutions, restaurants, shopping–whatever you are looking for–could hardly be closer.