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A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses within the same term. Contact our admissions team at for more information and a discount code.

Learn to view any space with a curator's eye through this hands-on exploration of historic and contemporary approaches to curating in museum, galleries, and beyond.

The dedicated and intensive Curating course is designed to illuminate the history and theory of curatorial practice as well as the processes, procedures, and practical skills utilized by both curators and other professionals within the art world. Through a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, on-site visits to museums and galleries and in-depth case studies, course participants will develop an understanding of historic curatorial practices and their impact on the field today.

The course explores current debates about art museums and galleries in the context of the history of collecting, care, and exhibition of artworks as well as standards of best practice and curatorial competencies, both inside and outside of the museum model, including art fairs and commercial spaces. Through a hands-on learning approach, course participants will examine key components and considerations of curatorial practice, such as acquisitions and collecting, research, display methods, exhibition planning, conservation, and interpretation.

Orientation: 9am GMT, January 22

Deadline to Register: January 11

  • Price
    You may select your preferred local currency as the payment option.

    Enroll in 2 or more In-Person Professional Courses within the same term for a discounted rate, contact admissions for a discount code.
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  • Date
    Spring | January 25 - April 12
  • Time
    10am – 4pm GMT, Thursday and Friday
  • Duration
    12 Weeks
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Contemporary Art,
    • Curating,
    • Specializations & Skills
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  • Daily visits to a wide variety of historic and contemporary museums, galleries, arts and cultural venues

  • Lectures and workshops delivered by leading curators and industry experts

  • Opportunities to attend special events and develop an in-depth awareness of curatorial practice across art world sectors


Vassilios Doupas

Course Leader, London

Vassilios Doupas is a curator and writer. Until recently, he was Curator of Programmes at the Contemporary Art Society in London. During his tenure, he organised a series of high-profile events including the 2019 Frieze Curatorial Summit (with Frieze Art Fair), a conference on public art (with the British Art Network and Tate Modern), a series of study days on the digital (with The Serpentine Galleries). At the CAS, he was also in charge of the programme for individual patrons that support the organisation. Learn more...

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  • Course Combinations

    Course Combinations

    A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses in the same term. Contact our admissions team at for more information and a discount code.

    For individuals looking for an expansive grounding in Art Business, Curating can be paired with the 12 week Art Business course to create a full time (4 days per week) schedule of study over the course of a semester.

  • Requirements


    English Language Requirement
    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.

    Age Requirement
    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older, however, we prefer that students have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience to be able to properly engage in the course.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Collecting; art and material culture
    • Research and scholarship
    • Interpretation and communication
    • Conservation and restoration
    • Education and public programming
    • Exhibitions; design and innovation
  • Assessment


    The course is assessed via an oral presentation and a practical written brief.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • About the variety of art spaces and their different missions with a focus on institutional and private collecting.
    • Contemporary art trends and how they fit new models of curating.
    • To deconstruct what it takes to curate contemporary art.
    • Different artistic mediums and their display methods.
    • Introduction to fundraising, privates and trusts, and foundations.
    • Introduction to contemporary artists and makers.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world, to be sufficiently prepared for a wide-ranging career within the art industry. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 alumni around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.