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  • Dates & Fees

    Dates & Fees

    June 9 - July 29, 2021
    | 8 Weeks
    2 - 5:30pm GMT
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Online Accredited Courses are developed in London by Sotheby's Institute faculty, programming staff, and industry experts.
    Download the Online Accredited Prospectus for more details.
  • Curriculum


    Weeks 1 and 2: Expanding definitions

    • Definitions of curating, curation and ‘the curatorial’; the curator as caretaker, auteur, facilitator and mediator; the changing face of museum curating in 2020 and beyond; curating ‘independently’ in 2020 and beyond; decolonization and diversity in curating; initiating a curatorial project and framework.

    Weeks 3 and 4: Developing a practice, building connections

    • Curatorial approaches to working with objects and contemporary artists; varieties of curatorial research and methodologies; sourcing artworks in collections for object-based exhibitions; building connections with contemporary artists and commissioning new work; the virtual and in-person studio visit; exhibition spaces and expanded formats (institutional, independent, commercial, digital).

    Weeks 5 and 6: Defining a project and making it happen

    • Writing a curatorial statement and press release; space and exhibition design, including issues of sustainability and accessibility; the changing face of artwork transportation and logistics; fundraising and development for curatorial projects; marketing and publicity for local and international audiences.

    Weeks 7 and 8: Audience, locality and impact

    • Delivering interpretation and exhibition programming; building an audience and community; locality and the global in the post-2020 landscape; working with digital networks and platforms; measuring output and success; planning and funding your next project.

  • Virtual Site Visits

    Virtual Site Visits

    A variety of faculty led virtual visits to museums and galleries in London and beyond form an integral part of the learning experience. Virtual visits allow for a global array of museums, galleries, and perspectives to be experienced. These intensive sessions provide a uniquely valuable depth of student engagement, combining faculty insights and discussions, a close-up exploration of curation and artwork, as well interactive talks with curators, exhibition makers, museum professionals, and a wide variety of art world experts.
    Virtual visits and talks delivered by professionals in the art world include those from

    • Victoria and Albert Museum

    • The Wallace Collection

    • The Museum of the Home

    • Serpentine Galleries

    • Tate Modern and Tate Britain

    • The Whitechapel Gallery

    • Institute of Contemporary Arts

    • The Design Museum

    • The Royal Academy

    • National Gallery

    • National Portrait Gallery

    • Chisenhale Gallery

    • Sotheby’s Auction House

    • Frieze Art Fair

  • Faculty


    Dr. Amy Mechowski
    PhD, University College London
    Originally from Chicago, Amy 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. Amy was a Research Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art and has published and delivered public lectures and conference papers on research topics such as performativity and spectatorship in museums and galleries. Her extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience includes UCL, Goldsmith’s, the University of Warwick, Queen Mary (University of London)
    and Kingston University.
  • Credits & Validation

    Credits & Validation

    The course is validated by The University of Manchester, one of the UK’s leading universities. Students who complete the course successfully will gain 30 University of Manchester undergraduate credits.
    This generally translates to 8 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits in the US system and 15 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 course also receive a certificate from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • FAQs


    How will remote courses take place? What technology is required?
    Students will require a computer and broadband access. Remote courses will be delivered via Zoom Meetings inside the Institute’s regular Learning Management System, Canvas. Teaching will mix a variety of modes, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, small group work, project work, student presentations and discussions as well as guest speakers. Delivery will mix live with recorded teaching so as to cater to different global time-zones. Peer to peer learning will be fostered via online and social media student discussion boards and communities, as well as online social activities. The Institute’s Library offers a comprehensive and specialized digital collection and full online student support by experienced art librarians.
    When are classes held?
    Live lectures occur three times a week, from 2pm GTM to 5:30 GMT on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (students will only meet on two days during week 1). While students should attend these classes, recordings will also be made available to ensure lectures and materials may be reviewed in between classes.
    What is the class attendance policy?Students are expected to attend all taught sessions as specified in their timetables and to engage with all online activities available, ideally when they are live, but the Institute recognizes that differences between time-zones may mean that some learning activities are viewed as recordings. Students should engage with materials on Canvas and undertake all preparation and written assignments required of them by the dates specified.
  • Admissions


    Students in our Accredited Courses 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.
    Click here for terms and conditions.
    For further information, please contact: or +44 (0)20 7462 3229