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  • Dates


    Fall 2022: September 6 - December 15, 2022
    Download the semester prospectus for more details.
    * Please note the Fall 2022 application deadline for international students requiring student visas is July 1 2022.
  • Curriculum


    STRUCTURE: The program is divided into two units taught consecutively across the semester.
    - The first unit, The Art Museum and Curating, examines the major developments in the collection, care, interpretation, and exhibition of works of art in museums and galleries from the 16th century to the 20th century, particularly in Europe and North America. The unit introduces students to a chronological development of art museums and galleries and situates the role of the curator within this history, with reference to the expertise in collecting, research, interpretation, conservation, education, and exhibitions vital to the profession. Additional topics covered in this unit include: histories of collecting, conservation, and restoration, virtual and meta-collections, the Universal Survey Museum, gender and diversity in curating and exhibitions, and more.
    - The second unit, Curating in the Art World, moves forward in time to explore major changes to curatorial practice in the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. It examines the changing role of the curator in the modern and contemporary art museum and also outside it, for example in commercial galleries, biennales, and art fairs. The unit also considers the relationship of curators to other professionals in the art world, such as exhibition designers, art loss officials, fine art shippers, documentation experts, and fundraisers. Additional topics covered in this unit include: curating in non-art spaces, provenance research since World War II, artwork transportation and fine art shipping, new developments and trends in curating, and more.
    TEACHING: The teaching approach emphasizes site-based learning and is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and visits which are fundamental elements of this program. Through the visits and the extensive contacts with curators and other professionals, students gain practical understandings in the analysis of museums and exhibition spaces.
    ASSESSMENT: Students are assessed by a combination of visual analysis tests, essays, and oral presentations. Assessment is designed to test visual, analytical, and critical skills as well as the particular skills valued in a variety of museum and gallery professions, including but not limited to curating. For example, students undertake a group project in which they take on different museum roles in order to curate and deliver their own imagined exhibition or display.
  • Field Study Trips

    Field Study Trips

    First-hand encounters with art works and exhibition spaces are an integral part of the learning experience and key to this program. London is a major center for art collections and art institutions alike, and faculty-led visits to museums and galleries are fundamental to the framework of the program. There are also day trips to venues such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, Ashmolean Museum and MAO in Oxford, Compton Verney in Warwickshire, and Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury. Site visits in London may include:
    - British Museum
    - Victoria and Albert Museum
    - The Wallace Collection
    - Sir John Soane’s Museum
    - The Geffrye Museum
    - Serpentine Galleries
    - Asia House
    - Tate Modern and Tate Britain
    - The Courtauld Gallery
    - The Whitechapel Gallery
    - Institute of Contemporary Arts
    - The Design Museum
    - Guildhall Art Gallery
    - The Queen’s House and Royal Museums, Greenwich
    - National Gallery
    - National Portrait Gallery
    - Government Art Collection
    - Chisenhale Gallery
    A UK-based field trip features visits to a large range of major art institutions and national museums. Currently this trip is scheduled to take place in Liverpool, where students will visit Tate Liverpool (the branch of the Tate galleries in the North of England), the Victoria Gallery & Museum, photography exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery, the Lady Lever Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery (known as the national gallery of the North).
    Fees- £600
    We continue to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding COVID-19. We will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and will adhere to all government travel recommendations.
  • Faculty


    Dr. Amy Mechowski was an Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2007 to 2013, in three of the four collections departments (Asia; Word & Image; and Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass), undertaking a wide range of curatorial activities and working on both major exhibitions and capital projects. She left the Museum to devise and lead the semester course Art Museums, Galleries & Curating at Sotheby’s Institute of Art before returning to the V&A as Head of the Learning Academy where she led a team which delivered the adult learning program for the Museum, including history of art and design courses, workshops, conferences and professional development.
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  • Student Stories

    Student Stories

    "[The course] introduced me to a variety of careers in the museum and gallery settings, which helped me develop a better idea of what career would be a good fit for me."
    —Rocio Iribe Lopez (Executive Director for the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara and Former Student)
    Hear from previous students about their experience.
  • Credit & Validation

    Credit & Validation

    The program is validated by The University of Manchester, one of the UK’s leading universities. Students who complete the program successfully will gain 60 University of Manchester undergraduate credits.
    This generally translates to 16 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits in the US system and 30 credits in the European (ECTS) system. Students currently enrolled at other colleges or universities should be aware that transfer of credit is always made at the discretion of the accepting institution. Therefore, applicants should confirm the feasibility of credit transfer with faculty advisors at their home school in advance of registration.
    Students completing this program also receive a certificate from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • Tuition


    £5,990 (part-time)

    Our programs require travel that may include visits to galleries, special collections, art fairs, and art-related events including destinations abroad on Semester programs. Local travel costs, i.e. (public) transport within London, are borne by the student and vary from program to program. Semester programs charge a pre-set travel fee, which is due at the same time as tuition ahead of the start of the program. This travel fee covers the cost of all study trips abroad including travel, accommodation, and entry tickets for exhibitions and other art-related events. Travel costs relating to scheduled trips to collections or museums outside of London but within the UK are borne by Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • Admissions


    Semester students come from a range of educational and professional backgrounds, from current students visiting from other institutions to career professionals looking to develop new areas of knowledge. As such, each application is assessed on an individual basis, and takes into account a variety of factors.
    For non-native English speakers, a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL score of 78 IBT is required.
    No prior art history or subject-matter knowledge is required.
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    For further information, please contact: or +44 (0)20 7462 3232

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