This exciting course provides students with an intensive introduction to the ever-changing global art market and the individual sectors which comprise it, whilst promoting an appreciation of how these sectors perform under varying economic conditions. Structured around a season of prestigious summer sales at Sotheby’s, the course provides students with an insight into the mechanics of the leading auction houses and the art world as a whole. With the help of Bond Street experts students explore the preparation and organization of major Sotheby’s auctions, how the quality and value of objects are assessed and validated, and they learn to interpret the results of specific sales as they happen.
The course also includes a diverse schedule of visits to galleries, museums and historic buildings which aims to promote an enhanced understanding of the aesthetic and financial value of an array of art objects.
The course is introductory and requires no prior knowledge of the field. It is ideal for participants with a love of art who are seeking an understanding of the art world. Students are taught by a range of experts in various fields related to the art market. Meeting mornings and afternoons four days a week, the teaching includes a full program of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits. The course emphasizes object-based learning, enabling students to gain confidence in evaluating different art objects. Students develop their visual and critical abilities whilst enhancing the commercial skills that are essential for working in the art world.