This Semester program, formerly called Foundations of Western Art is an intensive introduction to art history, providing both academic and vocational training for those aspiring to work in the art world. Students will learn about key stylistic developments, materials, and techniques in the western world – from Ancient Greece to contemporary art – while also acquiring a range of practical skills through diverse course assignments.
Firsthand encounters with artwork and buildings are an integral part of the learning experience; the course includes a wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries in London, Cambridge, and Rome. In addition to the study of art history, the program includes a series of sessions entitled Talk To The Professionals, during which students will have the opportunity to meet museum curators, auction house specialists, fine art dealers, art restorers, art educators, as well as press and PR managers, and learn about their experience and path to success in the art world.
The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the art world or for further study on one of our postgraduate programs. Students will learn practical skills and gain knowledge in:
- Analysis: students will gain the ability to analyze and date a broad range of artwork, including work encountered for the first time in galleries and at Art Fairs
- Context: students will learn to contextualize works of art within their broader social, political, and cultural contexts
- Communication: students will learn how to communicate about art orally and in journalistic and academic writing styles
- Curation: students will get an introduction to the practical and theoretical issues of curating through an Exhibition Project
- Western art history: for students without an art history background, this course will provide a strong understanding of Western art history to prepare them for a postgraduate program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field. Download the Semester Prospectus.