Widening Participation

Summer University

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To apply, please go to the How to Apply section.

Tuesday 7 - Friday 10 July 2015

Spend four days experiencing student life at a world-class university with its own beautiful art gallery.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Summer University is for year 12 students, currently studying at a UK state school or FE college, with an interest in finding out more about Art History and the possibilities of studying the subject at degree level.

This is a free non-residential course designed for students from non-selective state school or college.

Who can apply?

 We encourage you to apply for Summer University 2015 if you:

  • are a current Year 12, AS Level student
  • have a broad interest in visual culture
  • are interested in subjects such as History, English Literature, Art, Classics, Languages and Politics (or other subjects that involve essay writing, research and presentations)
  • are considering applying to Higher Education Institutions in Year 13. 

Applications open 25th February – 27th April 2015

PLEASE NOTE: you are not applying for a place at university at this point. This course will give you an experience of university life and help you make a decision about applying to study Art History or another Humanities subject in future. 

As this is a non-residential course (where students commute every day to The Courtauld Institute), we cannot currently offer places on this course to students living outside Greater London.

Priority will be given to students whose parents or carers have not previously gone to university, and/or who currently receive Income Support or Tax Credits.


Information for Teachers

See the 2015 provisional Summer University schedule [pdf]

The Summer University is part of The Courtauld Institute’s widening participation strategy. The programme aims to encourage those from non-traditional HE backgrounds to consider the opportunities available to them for undergraduate study. We welcome applications from pupils who are interested in applying to a selective university and we provide academic support during and after this Summer University to course participants.

In assessing which of your pupils would benefit from attending, you may wish to consider the following:

  • Does the student qualify for widening participation support (as outlined above) and would they benefit from the opportunity?
  • Do they have a good academic track record?
  • Are they taking any AS or A-level subjects that are relevant to the study of Art History (for example Fine Art, History, English Literature, Languages...).
  • Would they take advantage of the range of opportunities offered by the course, attending all sessions and engaging with information/discussions/activities? 

The course is always over-subscribed and requires a commitment so please discuss the Summer University with any student who might be interested before encouraging them to submit an application. You will need to sign the application form. We will also need to know if your student qualifies for Widening Participation status, so please add any information you think is relevant.

If you and your student live outside of Greater London, we are not able to offer them a place on this Summer University. However, we may be able to organise an Outreach Study Day for you and your students during the academic year.  

Need more information?

For more information on this initiative please contact us on:

The Art History Summer University is part of the Courtauld Institute of Art’s Access Agreement.

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The course covers an introduction to art history and runs Tuesday 8th July — Friday 11th July 2014, from approximately 10.00am until 5.30pm each day.

Why do it?

This course is designed to give you:

  • a better understanding of Art History as a subject, through lectures, seminar discussions and group work;
  • the opportunity to meet tutors, museum professionals and current undergraduate students;
  • an experience of university life, with the opportunity to find out about both London and The Courtauld first hand;
  • space to think about whether this might be the right option for you;
  • the confidence and support to apply to The Courtauld Institute of Art for your BA should you wish to do so.

Students who participate will be eligible to attend admissions Study Support Sessions at the Courtauld during the Autumn Term 2014.

Download the Art History Reading List for this course

Watch this video to hear what three students have to say about their experience of attending The Courtauld’s Art History Summer University: 

What's Included?

The course is non-residential, but you will receive complimentary refreshments and lunch every day, free entrance to a number of galleries and exhibitions, social activities and basic materials.

An Oyster Card for travel within London can be provided on application for students from families on income support or receiving tax credits.

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How to Apply

Download the application form [Word]
(This form can be filled electronically and returned to us via email, please type student’s, parent’s and tutor’s names where a signature is required)

Applications will open on 25th February - 27th April 2015:

Postal Address: Alice Odin/Meghan Goodeve
Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Coordinator
Public Programmes
Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 0RN 
Email: education@courtauld.ac.uk

For any further information, please contact us:
Tel.: 020 7848 1058
Email: education@courtauld.ac.uk