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  • Dates & Tuition

    Dates & Tuition

    6-WEEK TERMS:
    Hybrid Fall Session: September 20 – October 29, 2021
    (Online: September 20 – October 15; Residential: October 18 – October 29)
    Hybrid Tuition: £7,450

    Residential Fall Session 1: September 20 – October 29, 2021
    Residential Fall Session 2: November 1 – December 10, 2021
    Residential Spring Session 1: February 14 – March 25, 2022
    Residential Spring Session 2: March 28 – May 6, 2022
    Residential Tuition: £10,950 per session
     
    COMBINED TERM (12 WEEKS):
    Combined Hybrid Fall: September 20 – December 10, 2021
    (Online: September 20 – October 15; Residential: October 18 – December 10, 2021)
    Hybrid Tuition: £16,950
    Combined Residential Fall: September 20 – December 10, 2021
    Residential Tuition: £19,950
    Combined Residential Spring: February 14 – May 6, 2022
    Residential Tuition: £19,950
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum

    Each week of the program is dedicated to a different focus, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in diverse areas of the art world and self-exploration. Throughout the program, students undertake a personal project and pursue a volunteering opportunity (subject to visa status). Explore the sample schedule below for a glimpse of what will be covered each week.
    Residential Session 1, Fall or Spring
    The following 6 weeks can be taken as a stand-alone program or as the first part in the 12-week program.

    • Week 1: Orientation & London Exploration. Students get to know their new home city and each other through a series of orientation and bonding activities. Students also begin the modules , “Life Skills” and “Exploring the City and Yourself Safely” with activities including cookery classes, walking tours and cultural visits, team-building and creative workshops.

    • Week 2: Museums & Galleries. In addition to exploring some of the city’s established and emerging arts venues, student also start their personal projects as well as volunteering opportunities, which take place once per week.

    • Week 3: Luxury & Fashion. Students visit renowned luxury brands such as Fortnum & Mason and Liberty and get under the skin of London’s fashion scene with visits to designer and a Savile Row tailor

    • Week 4: Art &… Students examine art’s impact on and response to hot button topics such as feminism, diversity, and power

    • Week 5: Curating. Students dive into all elements of curatorial practice today — from design and installation to media relations — in museums, commercial galleries, and pop-up spaces.

    • Week 6: The Power to Create. This week asks students how they wish to shape their futures and what unique contributions they might wish to make to the world. A series of inspiring speakers and thought-provoking workshops lead into student presentations that conclude their personal projects. 6-week students complete a ‘re-entry’ module while 12-week students begin a Creative Business Skills module. All students, staff, and parents who can attend join together for a graduation ceremony.


    Hybrid, Fall
    The following 6 weeks can be taken as a stand-alone program or as the first part in the 12-week program.

    • Week 1 (online): Orientation & Embarkation. Students get to know their new online environment and each other through a series of orientation and bonding activities. Students also begin the module “Life Skills” and embark on a personal project and online volunteering project where possible.

    • Week 2 (online): Powerhouses of Culture, Luxury & Fashion. Students virtually visit some of London’s most established cultural, luxury and fashion institutions, beginning to get a flavor of some of the things they will see in person, and helping them to understand the range of professional opportunities within the cultural industries.

    • Week 3 (online): Art &… Students examine art’s impact on and response to hot button topics such as feminism, diversity, and power.

    • Week 4 (online): Curating. Students dive into all elements of curatorial practice today — from design and installation to media relations — in museums, commercial galleries, and pop-up spaces.

    • Week 5 (in London): Bringing it to Life. Students undergo an intensive “Exploring the City Safely” module in addition to bringing their prior 4 weeks to life through an intensive program of visits and activities.

    • Week 6 (in London): The Power to Create. This week asks students how they wish to shape their futures and what unique contributions they might wish to make to the world. A series of inspiring speakers and thought-provoking workshops lead into student presentations that conclude their personal projects. 6-week students complete a ‘re-entry’ module while 12-week students begin a Creative Business Skills module. All students, staff, and parents who can attend join together for a graduation ceremony.


    Session 2, Fall or Spring
    The following 6 weeks can be taken as a stand-alone program or as the second part in the 12-week program.

    • Week 1: Orientation & London Exploration. 6-week students get to know their new home city and each other through orientation exercises designed to carefully bring the 6-week and 12-week students together at key points. New students also begin the modules, “Life Skills” and “Exploring the City and Yourself Safely” with activities including cookery classes, walking tours and cultural visits, team-building and creative workshops. 12-week students join those sessions which do not replicate their first week and continue their Creative Business Skills module with close supervision and a number of special visits.

    • Week 2: Art & Business. All students start their personal projects as well as volunteering opportunities, which take place once per week. This week, students also visit art dealers, gallerists and Sotheby’s auction house.

    • Week 3: Contemporary Art & Design. Students gain exclusive insight into how the contemporary art eco-system functions within this global art capital, meeting practicing artists and designers, and the people who sell their work.

    • Week 4: Art &… Students examine art’s impact on and response to hot button topics such as immigration, violence, and religion.

    • Week 5: Branding, Marketing, PR & Comms. Students meet with the professionals guiding brand and communication strategies at London’s established and emerging art institutions.

    • Week 6: The Power to Create. This week asks students how they wish to shape their futures and what unique contributions they might wish to make to the world. A series of inspiring speakers and thought-provoking workshops lead into student presentations that conclude their personal projects. All students complete the ‘re-entry’ module with all students, staff, and parents who can attend joining together for a concluding graduation ceremony.


    *Please note that all information is subject to change at the discretion of Sotheby's Institute of Art.
  • Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcomes

    Career Exploration

    • Exposure to a breadth of careers and career pathways

    • Meet and network with a diverse array of professionals

    • Awareness and knowledge of global cultural issues in the context of real-world applications


    Critical Thinking

    • The ability to observe and interpret complex topics and systems

    • The ability to synthesize and evaluate evidence from different perspectives

    • The ability to address challenges through creative solutions


    Communication

    • The ability to create and defend arguments and passions

    • The ability to debate complex, controversial topics and articulate what you stand for

    • The ability to individually or collaboratively work toward a common goal


    Personal Management Skills

    • Learn to identify and prioritize goals based on self-reflection and self-evaluation

    • Adopt understanding of essential professional etiquette skills

    • Develop intrapersonal skills such as time management, taking initiative and decision-making that reflect a well-rounded adult to navigate a variety of future environments


    Visual and Business Literacy

    • The ability to analyze and interpret different modes of visual meaning and communication

    • The ability to understand the role of visual communication and consumption through history and in contemporary society

    • An understanding of the fundamental concepts of art business, especially as they pertain to production and consumption

  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Joe Watson (Director, Gap, Professional, and Summer Programs) joined Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2019. Prior to this he was Creative Director for the National Trust in London, where he led a series of major arts and heritage interventions to expose previously hidden histories – of gender, race, sexuality and the working classes. Roles in learning and research at the V&A and Courtauld Institute of Art laid much of the groundwork for this and his current role, as did his education at Oxford and King’s College London in visual and musical cultures. An experienced lecturer and convener, Watson speaks regularly on design, architecture and heritage. In recent years he has spoken at the Architectural Association, British Academy, King’s College London, National Trust for Canada, the RCA, RIBA, the RSA, the University of Sheffield, the V&A - and aboard a 1960s Routemaster. The latter featured as one of The Guardian’s "10 Best Architecture Tours." As a media contributor, he has featured in print and broadcast for BBC One’s Breakfast, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London and in The Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Financial Times, and Creative Review.
    Guest Speakers
    Designed to introduce students to all aspects of the art world, this course features a wide range of top-level guest lecturers who provide a wide variety of perspectives on the industry. Guest speakers may include historians, auctioneers, gallerists, dealers, curators, art lawyers, artists, designers, legendary private collectors, and even an art forger.
  • Housing And Meals

    Housing And Meals

    Housing & Meals: Housing is included in the cost of tuition. Students will live in shared apartments with the option of sharing a room with twin beds or single rooms (supplement applies). Apartments typically house six students with shared facilities such as bathrooms, kitchen, and living/dining space. All Sotheby’s Institute students will be housed in the same building, and only with other Sotheby’s Institute Gap students within their apartment.
    Students take a cookery class in their first week with us, which introduces them to basic cookery skills and to London’s historic markets and other places to source food. Occasional dinners featuring special guests are hosted by the Program Director. We accommodate a range of dietary restrictions and preferences.
    Student Life: Beyond the core curriculum, Sotheby’s Institute hosts a program of activities that introduces students to city life and supports them in their discovery of London’s most famous cultural attractions, further develops their communication skills, and encourages them to learn valuable personal management skills that will carry them beyond their Gap experience.
  • Admissions

    Admissions

    The Gap program is open to students ages 18-21. All prospective students are required to complete an online application. The online application will be available in late January. 
    Space is strictly limited so we strongly encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible.
    Questions? Contact us to schedule a counseling session with an admissions officer.
    precollege@sia.edu
    +1 646-665-1861