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Online Learning

A Distinctly Different Way to Learn

Expand Your Knowledge and Global Network
Follow your passion, explore a career change or prepare for more advanced study with our intensive online courses that offer a deep understanding of pivotal art history movements and of the ever changing world of art business. You will study with students from all over the world gaining international perspectives, real world experiences and an opportunity to learn from and connect with like-minded people from Paris to Hong Kong to São Paulo.

Experience an Interactive Approach to Online Learning
Engage in research, share your insights and experiences, ask questions and contribute to lively discussion. With the personal interactive nature of our small class size you gain access to practicing art world professionals including Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA faculty and receive individualized attention from the instructor. Courses are organized in an easy-to-navigate logical sequence that includes materials such as video, audio, image galleries and readings.

Enjoy Convenience and Flexibility
Learn on your own schedule, on your own terms from anywhere in the world. You can access the course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the 6-week period, giving you the freedom to participate in the course when you choose from the comfort of your home.

The 6-week Summer Online Courses below are now in session and closed for registration. Please check back in early August for our Fall Online offerings.

Art History
Introduction to Art History: Movements that Mattered
Giotto to Warhol: Understanding Painting’s Enduring Appeal

Contemporary Art
Introduction to Contemporary Art

Art Business
Understanding Legal Concepts in the Art World
Art as a Global Business

Art Writing
Writing for the Art World

Pre-Course Workshop
The 1-2 Hour Pre-Course Workshop (PCW) operates the same way as the class will giving students the opportunity to become familiar with the technology and the dynamics of online teaching and learning before the class starts. Participation in the PCW is not required but it is strongly recommended so students can thoroughly enjoy and participate in their online course.

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Registration for this course is now closed.

For further information, please contact:
Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions
Tel. US: +1 212 517 3929

45 Years of Art Market Expertise

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