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Gap Year London

Next Application Deadline for Spring 2023: October 10, 2022.

Begin your journey of self-discovery at the center of the art world.

Built around the unrivaled access of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the Gap program invites curious students to explore London and the art world. Offered as 6-week and 12-week terms, the program is ideal for students who are passionate about the wider arts and want to embark on a journey of self-discovery and cultural immersion.

This program introduces students to a world of creativity, culture, business, and opportunity in the heart of London: a historic, cosmopolitan and thriving capital city. Designed for students aged 18-21, the program provides unique opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, meet new people, develop an intimate understanding of the art world, and discover their place within it.

Highlights

  • Visit London’s major cultural venues like the British Museum, Tate Modern, the Historic Royal Palaces and Barbican Centre.

  • Dinners with special guests. Past hosts have included authors, art critics, a Savile Row tailor, senior staff at Sotheby’s auction house, art historians, the Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and an independent film maker.

  • Invitations to gallery and exhibition openings, special parties, private views, book launches and other events.

  • Side trips to explore other iconic destinations in Europe, including Paris, Venice, and Edinbugh depending on which session(s) you choose.

Faculty

Dan Vo

Gap Year Course Leader, London

Dan Vo is a media producer and museum professional specialising in queer history and inclusive museum practice. In 2021 he led the V&A Academy’s A Queer History of Objects course.

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Jennifer Thatcher

Gap Year Course Leader, London

Jennifer is an art historian, critic and public programmes curator. She holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art and is currently completing her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Edinburgh, researching the history of the artist interview.

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Catherine McCormack

Consultant Lecturer and Summer Study Course Leader, London

Catherine McCormack is an art history lecturer and writer on historical and contemporary art. She completed her PhD at UCL where she was a Teaching Fellow in the art history department and she lectures for Sotheby's Institute of Art from the 15th to 19th centuries.

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Ed Leeson

Consultant Lecturer, London

Ed Leeson is Associate Director of The Residence Gallery, London. He also lectures specializing in modern and contemporary art, its markets and wider cultural studies. He is a summer course leader at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and a staff lecturer at TATE. He has organized exhibitions at galleries and project spaces across London.

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  • Spring 2023

    Spring 2023

    In-person program with 6 and 12-week options.

    Dates
    Session 1: Feb 13 – Mar 24, 2023
    Session 2: Apr 3 – May 12, 2023
    Sessions 1 + 2: Feb 13 – May 12, 2023 (incl. 1-week break between sessions)

    Tuition*
    Session 1: £11,000 (incl. 3-day Edinburgh trip)
    Session 2: £13,500 (incl. 1-week Venice trip + 1-week Paris trip)
    Session 1 + 2: £22,500 (incl. all trips + 1-week break between sessions)
    *Housing included

    Financial Aid Deadline: December 12, 2022

    New requests for financial aid will not be considered after this date.

  • Fall 2023

    Fall 2023

    In-person program with 6 and 12-week options.

    Dates
    Session 1: Sep 11 – Oct 20, 2023
    Session 2: Oct 30 – Dec 8, 2023
    Sessions 1 + 2: Sep 11 – Dec 8, 2023 (incl. 1-week break between sessions)

    Tuition*
    Session 1: £11,000 (incl. 3-day Edinburgh trip)
    Session 2: £13,500 (incl. 1-week Venice trip + 1-week Paris trip)
    Session 1 + 2: £22,500 (incl. all trips + 1-week break between sessions)

    *Housing included

    Next Application Deadline: November 7, 2022

    Applying before this deadline gives you the best opportunity of being accepted to the program.

    Financial Aid Deadline: July 10, 2023

    New requests for financial aid will not be considered after this date.