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Summer Study Abroad - Art History, Criticism and Communication

Summer Study Abroad - Art History, Criticism and Communication
Central Saint Martins
Open to all levels

Explore the fields of art history, criticism, communication and fine art, as taught at Central Saint Martins College.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Why choose Central Saint Martins?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • explore the fields of art history, criticism, communication and fine art, as taught at Central Saint Martins College.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

Open to all levels. Students applying for this course would preferably have completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

The course assists you in contextualizing and developing your ideas about art through an array of visual and critical lenses, from modernist art history to contemporary cultural theory and conceptual practice. A series of informal seminars and tutorials will help focus your research. The group will engage with an array of activities to trigger creative links with London’s rich contemporary visual and material culture, from gallery and museum visits to sessions working alongside professional artists, curators, writers and publishers. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary art practice, with confidence as well as a key network of cultural resources and connections.


  • This course is the equivalent to 4 US style credits.
  • If you’re planning to claim credit towards your degree, be sure to check with your home institution before you apply.

Tutor information

The course will be taught by Claire Nichols and invited guest lecturers.

Claire Nichols is an artist and a curator. Exhibitions include Arebyte gallery, Florence Trust, David Roberts Art Foundation and Art on the Underground (all London, UK); Despina, Rio de Janeiro; Centre Cultural la Mercè, Girona; Hangar, Barcelona and Space 118, Mumbai. She leads the BA Fine Art Study Abroad course at Central Saint Martins and previously taught on the BA Part-Time Programmes at the London College of Fashion.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: 3 July 2023 - 20 July 2023

Cost: £2,265

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Granary Sq

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Materials and other requirements needed for the course:

  • A notepad and pen
  • Oyster card, for visiting galleries around London

Please note items can also be purchased from the college shop.

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Find out how to apply.

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