A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses within the same term. Contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a discount code.
London is one of the world’s most vibrant centers of modern and contemporary art. Full of enterprising galleries and artists’ spaces that have burgeoned across the capital, it has attracted artists of many different nationalities to live and work there while also being the home of many important art institutions.
This twelve-week course is aimed at students seeking to experience the art scene in London at close quarters and to learn about the wider historic and cultural implications of modern and contemporary art in context.
This course incorporates both in-classroom teaching and on-site visits to a wide spectrum of art world institutions where students can practice their visual analysis skills in front of the original works of art. Visits include artist studios, museums, foundations, private museums, and both established and emerging commercial galleries. The market for modern and contemporary art and the role of the art curator and collector are also addressed.
Orientation: 9am GMT, January 22
Daily visits to contemporary art institutions and commercial galleries
Access to leading Contemporary Art Professionals
An in-depth exploration of the key contemporary art sectors
Course Leader, Summer Program, London
Viv Lawes is an author, journalist, lecturer and curator with over 25 years’ experience in the art market. She studied History at York University and graduated with an MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute in 1997, where her thesis focused on the textile trade between England and India/ China in the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn more...Read More
Course Leader: Curating., and Course Leader: Modern and Contemporary Art
Originally from Chicago, Amy holds a PhD in the History of Art from University College London on the construction of the self in fin-de-siècle photography. Since 2007 she has been an Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, she has undertaken a very wide range of curatorial activities, working on major exhibition projects, with special responsibility for the sculpture collection and expertise on wax objects.Read More
Week 1: Introduction to the art world today, with a focus on modernism and how it came to be.
Week 2: Explore modern Chinese art with a visit to the British Museum for a temporary exhibition.
Week 3: Understand major art movements of the 19th century, including realism and impressionism.
Week 4: Discuss post-impressionism as a reaction to prior movements and explore color theory. Visit the Courtauld Gallery to see impressionist and post-Impressionist artworks.
Week 5: Focus on art in Britain from the Victorian period and engage with artworks at the Tate Britain to enhance learning. Visit Oxford to explore museums with vast collections of Victorian art, such as the Ashmolean Museum.
Week 6: Discover early 20th century art movements and how art was exchanged during this time.
Week 7: Explore early to mid-20th century artistic movements such as Bauhaus and British Modernism. Enjoy a walking tour of the monumental sculptures of London.
Week 8: Analyze post-war art and internationalism with case studies.
Week 9: Understand the shift to contemporary art and the movements that contributed to it, such as pop art and minimalism.
Week 10: Examine photography’s role in contemporary art with a visit to the Photographers’ Gallery.
Week 11: Learn about new media and film. Visit contemporary galleries with a day trip to Margate.
Week 12: Move to the current period of 21st century art and explore globalism and the hyper-contemporary art market.
A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses in the same term. Contact our admissions team at email@example.com for more information and a discount code.
For individuals looking for an expansive grounding in Art Business, Modern and Contemporary Art can be paired with the 12 week Art Business course to create a full time (4 days per week) schedule of study over the course of a semester.
English Language Requirement
Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.
Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older.
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The course is assessed via an oral presentation and a practical written brief.
Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world, to be sufficiently prepared for a wide-ranging career within the art industry. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 alumni around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.