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Online Learning at Sotheby's Institute of Art

A Distinctly Different Way to Learn

Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Online offers intensive, custom-curated courses through a clean, simple e-learning interface specifically designed for our students. Taught by leading experts in the field, online courses provide for a deep understanding of key concepts, and interaction with students from around the world creates a truly global learning community.

The interactive courses provide a learning experience that emerges from written responses to course materials provided by the instructor. Organized into a logical sequence, these materials include video, audio and image galleries in addition to readings and links to web resources. The academic structure of the class encourages each student to participate in the written discussions even though you do not have to be online at the same time as your peers or instructor. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute their perspective and insights, and courses can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

Contemporary Art
Introduction to Contemporary Art
Contemporary Chinese Art and Its Markets

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

Art Writing
Writing for the Art World
Artist’s Writing: Developing a Writer’s Voice

Pre-Course Workshop Opens June 16th.
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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For further information, please contact:
Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions.
Tel: +1 212.517.3929

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