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Art Business Essentials


Art Business Essentials

From record-setting auctions with blue-chip artists to the increasing presence of art fairs and mega galleries in global cities—today's fast-paced art world can be a challenge to grasp.

In 8 weeks of content, this course expands upon our 6-week Art Business Foundations course to define the different institutions in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors of this global art infrastructure and offers a deeper understanding of the methods and motivations that drive the business and viewership of art.

This comprehensive review puts course participants on the right track to operate with increased expertise within the art world. It is ideal for those looking to better understand the art market structure as well as those looking to make a career change by exploring the key roles and institutions that comprise the business of art. Towards the end of the course, in weeks 7 and 8, a live online lecture session with the instructor will touch upon timely art business topics and provides another chance to pose any art world-related questions. These live sessions will take place Friday, May 26, 2023 and Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7 am EST/12 pm GMT. These sessions will be recorded and available for immediate review for those unable to attend live.

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  • Date
    April 12 - June 7
  • Duration
    8 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
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  • Topics
    • Art Business
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  • Contact Admissions 646-473-2464


Stephanie Dieckvoss

Adjunct Faculty, Online Courses

Stephanie Dieckvoss has over 15 years experience of working in commercial art galleries and art fairs, and a wealth of experience in cultural management in the public and private sector.

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  • About Flexible Courses

    About Flexible Courses

    This flexible online course is delivered in weekly modules consisting of recorded lectures, instructor-guided discussion boards, and supplementary resources. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have read-only access to the course materials for an additional 90 days after the course end date.

    Review the online course Terms and Conditions.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • To identify and define a broad range of characteristics of the current global art market.
    • To recognize key players in the art world and define their functions within it.
    • To compare the non-profit and commercial art worlds and define how they are connected.
    • To compare and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of different art world models and networks.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 4.1 IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.