The courses have limited numbers, with groups kept to a maximum of 16 and, in some cases, 10 students.

Classes are held in The Courtauld Institute of Art seminar and teaching rooms, in the lecture theatre and in front of works of art in museum and gallery collections and at monuments in London and beyond.

The courses focus intensively on a range of topics that examine broad themes from ancient to contemporary art, combined with the close study of individual objects. They involve lectures, visits to galleries, museums and buildings, often with privileged access to collections. No written work is set although there is suggested pre-course reading. The classes offer plenty of opportunity for discussion.