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Gap Year London

Next Application Deadline for Fall 2023: Monday, March 13th

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. Download the Gap Semester prospectus to find out more.

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 Edinburgh depending on which session(s) you choose.

Next Steps

More Information

  • 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. 4-day Edinburgh trip)
    Session 2: £13,500 (incl. 10-day Italy and France trip)
    Session 1 + 2: £22,500 (incl. all trips + 1-week break between sessions)
    *Housing included

    Next Application Deadline (and Financial Aid Deadline): Rolling admissions

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

  • Summer 2023

    Summer 2023

    The Summer Program takes place across 4 weeks in summer 2023. The unique program is geared at 18 to 21 year olds looking to enhance their professional acumen and prepare for undergraduate study within the wider creative industries. With London as the backdrop, Summer Program students will have the chance to explore one of the greatest art cities in the world while creating a portfolio of work through agenda-driven project briefs.

    Dates
    Session 1: June 19  –  July 13,​ 2023
    Session 2: July 17 – August 10,​ 2023

    Read more about the Summer Program and apply here

  • 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. 4-day Edinburgh trip)
    Session 2: £13,500 (incl. 10-day Italy and France trip)
    Session 1 + 2: £22,500 (incl. all trips + 1-week break between sessions)

    *Housing included

    Financial Aid Deadline: July 10, 2023

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

  • Prospectus

    Prospectus

    Download the Gap Semester prospectus for full details including: curriculum, sample schedules and activities, housing and location, faculty, and more.