London Art History Program with the Courtauld Institute of Art

This program offers something truly unique to serious students of art: a semester of art history at Britain’s preeminent art institute, the world-renowned Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.

Students will be integrated into every facet of the academic and extracurricular life at the Courtauld and considered full members of the student body. You’ll study alongside Courtauld students and receive all of the privileges the Institute provides, including membership in the student union, library access, email addresses, and identification cards.

Program Curriculum

The BU/Courtauld program includes a 4-credit seminar, Modern British Art and Design, taken prior to the beginning of the Courtauld semester. This seminar allows students to:

  • Gain an additional 4 credits, and come to a full semester course load
  • Prepare for the Courtauld academic experience
  • Live in London a month longer than they would if they enrolled directly at the Courtauld

Required Courses

Students in enroll in CAS AH 320 or CAS AH 388, and CAS AH 300.

CAS AH 320: Modern British Art and Design (4 credits)

(This course is part of the regular BU London curriculum but includes special requirements for Courtauld students and is taken prior to the beginning of the Courtauld Fall Term). Provides a broad introduction to visual arts and design in modern Britain. Through lectures and visits to museums, galleries, and dealers, examines the recent history of art and design, the London art market, and the British art establishment. Syllabus

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CAS AH 388: British Painting from Holbein to the Twentieth Century (4)

This course provides an introduction to British painting, and it is intended for students who have a major or minor in art history. The structure of the course is broadly chronological, covering the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. The course offers students the unique opportunity of studying the artworks in London galleries and museums. Enrollment is limited. Donnellan. Syllabus

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CAS AH 300: Frameworks for Interpretation: Historiography and Display (6)

An introduction to some of the key philosophical theories, particularly aesthetic theories, that inform the history of art. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Elective Courses

Students choose one six-credit, 400-level elective seminar in a specific period of the history of Western art, selected from a varying menu of options.

CAS AH 430: Greek and Roman Art (6)

An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Greek and Roman art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Peter Stewart and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.

CAS AH 440: Seminar, Late Antique and Medieval Art (6)

(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of late antique and medieval art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Antony Eastmond and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.

CAS AH 450: Seminar, Renaissance Art (6)

(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Renaissance art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Paul Hills and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.

CAS AH 460: Seminar, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art (6)

(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Denise Ribouillault and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.

CAS AH 490: Seminar, Special Topics in the History of Art (6)

(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: John House and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.

Program Details

Requirements
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December

    Please note that this program is only offered during the fall semester.

    Cost
    Credits
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of sixteen credits.
    Housing
    • Students live in furnished apartments with other students in BU Study Abroad London’s programs. The apartments are within walking distance of the BU London Academic Center in South Kensington. They vary in size, configuration, and style of decoration. Most students (95+%) live in shared bedrooms, often in bunk beds, with ensuite shower room, a shared kitchen and living/dining room area. British Programs staff and RAs live in BU’s building along with the students, helping to ensure a high level of maintenance and security. There is WiFi access in the residencies.
    • Safety and Security: BU Study Abroad: London
    Application Deadlines
    • Fall: January 26

    Please contact BU Study Abroad for additional application instructions. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.

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    Program Faculty & Staff

    All Boston University London programs are administered in coordination with our Boston and London offices. In Boston a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in London. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In London the staff comprises a resident director as well as administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

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