MONDAY, 16 MARCH 2015
Drop in session: 17:00-20:30
A representative from Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London will hold a drop-in session in Kuwait.
This session will focus on the range of study programmes, admissions process for the academic year 2015-16 and various careers paths available in the Art World today and how Sotheby’s Institute of Art studies can help those interested in pursuing a successful career in the arts.
For more than forty-five years, Sotheby’s Institute of Art has pioneered the education of arts professionals whose careers have placed them at the very centre of the international art world.
Graduates usually assume professional positions in commercial galleries, art fairs, auction houses, museums, foundations, private collections or as art consultants in art investment and insurance, among others.
Courses taught by Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London are validated by the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
PLEASE NOTE: To attend you must book a place by contacting Mr. Manuel Mindreau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: British Council
Block 2 Essa Abdullah Bahman Street
Drop-in Sessions in Dubai – 22nd March (Shangri La Hotel) and in Qatar – 24th March (British Council office).
Scheduled start time for both events is 18:30.
Since 1969, Sotheby’s Institute of Art has been educating generations of art world professionals. With campuses in the cultural capitals of London, New York and Los Angeles, the Institute’s courses uniquely integrate connoisseurship, art historical scholarship and market expertise. Being an art professional means not only having the ability to identify and analyze works of art, but also having a firm understanding of the global art market. This holistic approach is the cornerstone of Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Here, students explore art from a range of social, cultural, economic, and object-based perspectives. Our rigorous academic curriculum includes privileged access to major art world players and networking with key professionals, site visits and travel opportunities to art fairs, biennials, museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collections around the globe, as well as career development support to help students secure jobs as experts or consultants in the art world and other creative industries.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers many paths of study including Master’s degrees, postgraduate diplomas, semester programmes and short courses specializing in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine & Decorative Art, Photography, East Asian Art and Contemporary Design. Our MA programmes require the successful completion of two semesters of coursework plus either the writing of a research dissertation (Master’s thesis) or the completion of a third semester of full-time coursework in a different campus that includes a final capstone project. MA programmes at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London are validated by the University of Manchester (UK).
Our faculty members are leading scholars and art world professionals who are experts in subject areas that are central to the history and ongoing development of the international art world. Together this diverse group of scholars and professionals brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Further insight is provided by the Institute’s frequent guest lecturers including museum directors and curators, auction house executives, gallery directors, private dealers, art lawyers, marketing specialists, conservators, critics, writers, artists, and consultants. Lectures and research subjects are topical and wide-ranging — from the nuances of curatorial and art-historical scholarship to the subtleties of art valuation, copyright and tax law, macroeconomics of the global art markets, or the inner workings of art fairs, galleries and auction houses.
Sotheby’s Institute students (depending on working restrictions imposed by their student visas) may apply for highly sought after positions at Sotheby’s auction house. According to recent surveys, 87% of Sotheby’s Institute MA students are employed within the first year after graduation. Of these students, 40% gain employment during their thesis
semester. 26% of Sotheby’s Institute graduates find their jobs through undertaking internships. Students and graduates of our Master’s programmes have access to our exclusive online job portal with over 1000 registered art world employers –many of which regularly recruit exclusively from our graduate talent. 40% of students gain their jobs through networking and contacts that they make through the Institute. The Institute has over 6,000 alumni worldwide, encompassing a broad spectrum of art-related professions. Former students remain connected to the Institute through the Alumni Association and its programmes.
Master of Arts Programmes
Art Business (London, New York and Los Angeles)
Designed for students with an art historical background who want to understand business theories and practice, as well as the technical and structural elements of the art market.
Contemporary Art (London and New York)
Directed at students who wish to develop professional skills while obtaining an in-depth understanding of contemporary art from 1968 to the present, the programme focuses on the art object itself, which is examined in relation to its cultural, institutional, and political contexts.
Fine and Decorative Art (London and New York)
Taught from the perspective of an art expert, this object-focused programme is based on the original Sotheby’s training scheme, the Works of Art Course, with attention paid to the history and practice of connoisseurship.
East Asian Art (London only)
Designed for those who wish to become Asian art specialists, this course offers an art historical training in key features and concepts, encouraging students to make cross-cultural links in the art history of East Asia.
Contemporary Design (London only)
This programme combines academic object-based study of 20th century and contemporary design, decorative art and craft with an exploration of the professional design world.
Photography (London only)
This programme offers an in-depth study of the history of photography, its place in cultural and critical theory, and its significance for modern visual culture.
Semester Programmes (London only)
Sotheby’s Institute of Art—London offers a number of 15-week semester programmes designed for individuals with a deep interest in the international art world. Many of our students are current undergraduates seeking to build on their educational backgrounds or professionals and career-changers wishing to enhance their skill sets. All semester programmes combine academic study with insight into the professional art world and take full advantage of the rich cultural resources of London and art centers around Europe.
Summer Study (London and New York)
Every summer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art welcomes hundreds of students from around the globe to our campuses in the great art capitals of London and New York. Summer Study is designed for students, professionals, career changers and art enthusiasts interested in developing a deeper understanding of art and the international art market. Taking full advantage of each city’s rich cultural offerings, our summer courses include classroom lectures and site visits to museums, galleries, artist studios and special exhibitions led by leading art world scholars and practitioners in the field. Learn more about our four and two- week courses in subjects ranging from art history, art business, contemporary art, fashion, design, luxury goods and more.