Now accepting applications for Spring 2024
Since 1969, Sotheby’s Institute of Art has offered postgraduate programs that combine cutting-edge teaching with business acumen and insider access to the art world. Study Abroad extends that opportunity to undergraduate students worldwide, and provides opportunities for students who wish to explore the art world at the heart of a global cultural capital, London.
Study Abroad students will gain a deep understanding of the art world, its museums and collections, dealers and auction houses, public and commercial galleries. Combining a global perspective on contemporary visual culture with matchless access to industry experiences, students will be equipped with the intellectual and professional skills that will benefit them both in their future employment and complement their studies at their home institution.
The Global Art Market This foundational course uncovers the art world ecosystem, introducing the key concepts, individuals, and business models that underpin the global art market and wider creative economy. Exclusive access to individuals and institutions within the art world is a crucial learning tool for this course. Includes field trips to Sotheby’s auction house.
Faculty: Amanda Partridge and Ed Leeson
Exploring Collections, Exploding Canons This course takes a critical look at the Western tradition of art history through a range of London and UK art collections, and engages with some of the key contemporary cultural debates around the politics of collecting and display. This includes decolonisation, gender, and the future of monuments in the museums and cultural heritage sector. Includes fields trip to The British Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and The National Gallery, London.
Faculty: Catherine McCormack
Digital Futures in Contemporary Art This course introduces the dynamic discourse at the intersection of art and technology. It examines the fast-evolving digital world and how it is reshaping art practice, the international art market, and the curatorial field. Includes field trips to contemporary art galleries and dealers and a digital studio.
Faculty: Frances Liddell
Hogarth to Himid: Histories of British Art This course provides a survey of British art spanning from the seventeenth century to the present day, beginning with the of the establishment of a British school of painting in the early eighteenth century amid the backdrop of empire and the formation of the Royal Academy in 1768, before focusing on modern and contemporary artistic practice.
Faculty: Catherine McCormack
Contemporary Art and Global Feminisms Starting with Linda Nochlin’s 1971 essay ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’, this course will consider the key global currents of fifty years of feminist art around a number of themes. These include feminist art about the body and sexuality, women’s domestic labour, feminist approaches to identity, motherhood and childcare, violence against women, feminism, and the art historical canon.
Faculty: Catherine McCormack
The Curator Academy With a project-oriented focus, this unit will equip students with the contextual knowledge and practical skills to plan, develop, and deliver a curatorial project. Topics will include the curator as auteur, facilitator, mediator and project manager as well as contemporary curatorial approaches and research methodology.
Faculty: Lucy Bayley and Amy Mechowski
Creative Business Accelerator In this unit, students will learn to develop and present a business plan for a commercial or social enterprise within the creative economy. Students will gain a range of sought-after hard and soft skills, across five key areas: market analysis, product or service design, branding, assessing resources, and an in-depth financial forecasting.
Faculty: Ed Leeson
While the Study Abroad program allows students to gain undergraduate course credits, Gap Semester is offered as 6-week and 12-week terms, and ideal for those aged 18-21 to broaden their perspectives, meet new people, and develop an intimate understanding of the art world. For further information, download the brochure to explore collegiate options.
Modules on London’s museum and gallery collections, the politics of display, inclusion and exclusion in the art world and market, and the impact of digital technologies on contemporary art.
Professional development gained through a choice of the Curator Academy or Creative Business Accelerator modules.
An international experience at the heart of an historic and cosmopolitan global city.
Study trips outside of London to further explore British museums and collections.
A network of industry experts, academics, and peers.
A program validated by the University of Manchester, a prestigious Russell Group university.
Residential options and a full program of extra-curricular student life activities.
Catherine is an art historian, author and independent curator and critic whose work often focuses on feminism and visual culture and critical approaches to art and art history.Read More
Course Leader, London
Ed Leeson is a UK based gallerist and curator. He has organised exhibitions internationally in both commercial and institutional spaces. Over the last decade he has been a staff lecturer at TATE and a course leader at Sotheby’s Institute of Art where he lectures on contemporary art, its markets, and wider cultural studies. His MA thesis focussed on identity capture in museum cyberspace, and his current PhD research is on the aesthetics of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is the Director of 243 Luz.Read More
Course Leader, London
Frances Liddell is a researcher, writer, and lecturer working at the intersection of the arts field and web3 technologies. Her PhD research with National Museums Liverpool was one of the first empirical research studies to examine the impact on blockchain technology on museum audience engagement practices. Her current research focuses on the development of new ownership and participatory models in cultural institutions using web3 technologies.Read More
Course Leader, London
Amanda is Senior Researcher for the Impressionist & Modern Department at Sotheby's London. She leads provenance research and writing for the London marquee sales as well as working to advise the global Evening and Private Sale teams. Read more...Read More
We are partnering with a select number of universities for this Study Abroad program. If you are interested in sending students to Sotheby’s Institute of Art or learning more about the curriculum and student life, please contact email@example.com.
Contact your home institution’s study abroad office to discuss how credits will apply to your transcript, or contact us to discuss your options firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old by beginning of the program and currently enrolled in an undergraduate university program.
The Study Abroad program is suitable for students studying a wide range of major subjects across, humanities, arts, and business.
The Humanities: History of Art, Visual Cultures, History, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Creative Industries: Fine Art, Design, Fashion and Luxury, Photography, Textiles
Business: Creative Economy, Entrepreneurial and allied fields, Marketing
Fall 2023: September 4 – December 17, 2023
Spring 2024: January 22 – May 5, 2024
Fall 2024: September 3 – December 15, 2024
Spring 2025: January 21 – May 4, 2025
Fall 2025: September 2 – December 12, 2025
Spring 2026: January 20 – May 3, 2026
Live and Learn in the city where tradition meets avant-garde.
Our London Institute is situated in Bedford Square with the British Museum in the neighboring square. Sotheby’s auction house, the National Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts are a short walk away. The Institute is also close to Mayfair, the traditional center of the London art market where many dealers and galleries are located.
Well-appointed student accommodation is located in Central London, with easy access to the cultural, educational, and social opportunities available within this dynamic city.
We are happy to welcome visitors to Sotheby’s Institute of Art. If you would like to book a tour or meet with a member of our team, please contact email@example.com.
The Global Art Market
This foundational course uncovers the art world ecosystem, introducing the key concepts, individuals, and business models that underpin the global art market and wider creative economy. Guest speakers include artists, art historians, entrepreneurs, and other experts working within the art world, and study trips include Sotheby’s Auction House and Margate, an epicenter of the emerging British Contemporary Art scene.
Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 20 UK credits from the University of Manchester (20 UK credits = 5 US credits / 10 ECTS credits).
Tuesday, July 2 – Thursday, July 25 (Session 2)
£5950 (Early Bird rate of £5450 if application submitted by March 1)
£1500, due upon acceptance of offer
Sotheby’s Institute of Art has secured a limited number of housing accommodations for students participating in the Summer Study Abroad Program in London (for an additional accommodation fee). If you are interested to secure one of these accommodation spots, you can submit your interest for this accommodation option on the Summer Program application. This accommodation is provided on a first come, first serve basis. Program participants are only secured an accommodation spot upon submitting full payment for the accommodation fee in the amount of £2500, billed at the time of program acceptance.
Interested students can apply under the Summer Program 2024 application by selecting Session 2 and The Global Art Market as their project selection. Applicants will be prompted to upload a current copy of their unofficial undergraduate transcript in order to apply for this program.