Foundations of Western Art is an intensive introduction to Art History for those aspiring to work in a variety of Art World Professions.
The course is both academic and vocational. 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 vocational skills through the diverse assignments.
First-hand encounters with art works and buildings are an integral part of the learning experience and the course includes a wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries in London, Cambridge and Rome.
In addition to the art historical content, the program includes a series of sessions entitled ‘Talk To The Professionals’ during which students have the opportunity to meet museum curators, auction house specialists, fine art dealers, art restorers, art educators and press and PR managers who will share their own experience of these roles and the paths that brought them there.
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field.
On successful completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
- A skillset that can be applied to a broad range of art works enabling you to analyse and date objects that you might be encountering for the first time in galleries and Art Fairs.
- The knowledge to contextualise works of art within their broader social, political and cultural contexts.
The ability to communicate about art orally and in journalistic and academic writing styles.
- An introduction to the practical and theoretical issues of curating through an Exhibition Project.
- A strong understanding of Western Art History that prepares you for a postgraduate program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art if your undergraduate degree is in a subject other than Art History.
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field. Download the Semester Prospectus.