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.

All Summer School and Study Tour teaching is conducted in English. A good command of the language is necessary to follow the lectures, seminars and visits and to benefit from written course materials.

From 2013 we are pleased to make space available on a Virtual Learning Environment to short courses students taking the Introduction course, Summer School, or our evening lecture series, or attending Study Tours. The VLE will contain a range of learning resources, including reading lists, glossaries and historical summaries, selected texts for advance or future reading, and lists of useful websites. The quantity and nature of this material will vary from tutor to tutor and we cannot foresee what will be available for each course. Some tutors may upload powerpoints of their talks, but others may not wish to, or be able to provide these owing to copyright issues with some images and/or the unpublished nature of ongoing research. For these reasons we cannot record lectures and seminars and we ask students not to use recording devices themselves.