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Join Institute faculty, art world professionals, and creative practitioners to explore the relationships and intersections between modern and contemporary art, fashion and design with Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Saturday School.

Over three terms, this course introduces participants to the major personalities, movements, trends and markets in the wider field of the visual arts between 1960 and the present day. Term I will consider the history and practice of art of the last fifty years through key movements and groups such as Pop, Minimalism, Performance, Appropriation and the YBAs. Term II will explore the evolution of design aesthetics from Scandinavian Modern to Design-as-Art, as well as the rise of craft movements. Term III turns its attention to the international fashion scene during an unprecedented era of experimentation and self-expression: from Mods and mini-skirts to contemporary trend-setters and ethical fashion houses.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation. Minimum age 18.

Each module includes:

  • Certificate of participation upon completion of the course.
  • Three eight-week terms, with a half-term break during each course;
  • Two expert lectures with time for questions and discussions each week;
  • One or more expert-led visits per term to London-based collections;
  • Artists’ talks and/or visits to artists' studios;
  • A specialist-led tour of a forthcoming Sotheby’s sale;
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury.

Modules

Autumn 2019: Contemporary Art: 1960 to Now
Spring 2020: Contemporary Design: 1960 to Now
Summer 2020: Contemporary Fashion: 1960 to Now

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Autumn 2019: Contemporary Art: 1960 to Now
    5, 12, 19 October and 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2019 (term break 26 October)

    Spring 2020: Contemporary Design: 1960 to Now
    1, 8, 15, 29 February and 7, 14, 21, 28 March 2020 (term break 22 Februrary)

    Summer 2020: Contemporary Fashion: 1960 to Now
    9, 16, 23 May and 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 4 July 2020 (term break 30 May)

    Day Course: Saturdays; 10.30am-1pm

    Venue: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    To be announced
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Module 1 (Autumn 2019): £625 (Register by September 17, 2019 for 10% off)
    All 3 Modules
    (Autumn, Spring, and Summer): £1,725 (Register by September 17, 2019 for 10% off)

    Click here to register now and pay online.
    Click here to read Terms and Conditions.

    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact:
    Jessica Foyle Public Programmes Coordinator
    T +44 (0)20 7462 3239 or shortcourses@sia.edu
  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

    To be announced.
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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Jessica Foyle Public Programmes Coordinator
    T +44 (0)20 7462 3239 or shortcourses@sia.edu

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