Getting involved in the Courtauld community
All students are encouraged to join The Courtauld Students' Union. Representatives will be available during enrolment and Open Day events to introduce themselves and inform you about the activities planned for Freshers' Week and throughout the year.
Students also enjoy membership to the University of London Union, and cards can be collected at the beginning of term from The Courtauld Students' Union. This entitles students to make use of the facilities and participate in clubs and societies at the main University of London Union on Malet Street.
The Courtauld Students’ Union’s primary function is to represent the interests of all Courtauld students on institutional, London-based and national levels. They also offer a much smaller, more personal base for social activity within the Courtauld, arranging parties, quiz nights and music nights.
A note from the president of the students' union
On behalf of the Courtauld Students' Union, I would like to offer all prospective students a very warm welcome to the Courtauld Institute of Art. Studying at the Courtauld is unlike any other University experience. Where else can you study in the heart of London, in a building as beautiful and prestigious as Somerset House, taught by world class lecturers and with so many fantastic galleries and exhibitions on your doorstep?
Beyond your studies, The Courtauld Students' Union supports a variety of societies to participate in which often change from year to year in line with current students’ interests. Recent years have seen the creation of new societies including life drawing, yoga, literature society, drama society and the infamous lads’ society, known for its boisterous pub crawls and curry club nights.
The Courtauld also boasts a unique opportunity for its students to gain some hands-on experience by participating in the 'East Wing Exhibition' alongside their studies. Every two years, all members of the student body are invited to work together to create an entirely students-led exhibition that is shown in the 'East Wing' of the Courtauld, which is as ambitious and innovative as possible! Students nominate themselves for positions on one of the many teams that run the exhibition such as the curatorial, marketing, or events team. The amount of experience students gain, as well as the excitement and positive atmosphere the ‘East Wing Exhibition’ creates throughout the Courtauld makes it a fantastic thing to be a part of!
Yet perhaps the best thing about becoming part of the Courtauld family is that you never really leave! The tight-knit family bonds that are created throughout year groups are regularly revived long after graduation as the Courtauld Alumni Association host regular events for Alumni to reunite and reconnect all over the world!
So if you want to engage with the subject you love, around some of the friendliest people you will ever meet in the vibrant and exciting city of London then I can honestly say that the Courtauld will be the best place for you.
President of The Courtauld Students' Union 2012-13