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From record-setting auctions to celebrity artists, to the increasing presence of art fairs and galleries in major cities—today's fast-paced art world can be a challenge. Navigating Today’s Art World: From Studio to Art Fairs defines the different institutions in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors of the global art infrastructure, and offers a deeper understanding of the methods and motivations that drive the business and viewership of art. This comprehensive review puts you on the right track to operate with increased expertise within the art world.

Ideal for those new to the business of art, or looking to make a career change, this 6-week course acts as a foundational business course, and we recommend starting here before moving on to our more specialized courses.

What you will learn:

  • A comprehensive and current overview of the art and its markets.
  • A front-line perspective on the different players in the art world and their role and function within it.
  • An appreciation of how the non-profit and commercial art worlds are linked and dependent on each other.
  • The analytical skills to compare the advantages and disadvantages of different art world models and networks.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    3 July - 13 August 2019
    6 weeks of instructor guidance

    We offer our online courses throughout the year with sessions starting every 4-6 weeks.
  • Faculty


    Stephanie Dieckvoss, Faculty, Online Courses

    M.A., Art History, the University of Hamburg and the Courtauld Institute, London; M.B.A., Public Services, Warwick Business School; PgCert in Teaching Art and Design in Higher Education (UAL)

    Stephanie Dieckvoss has over 15 years of experience of working in commercial art galleries and art fairs and a wealth of experience in cultural management in the public and private sector. She managed the Anish Kapoor Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery and raised over £2 million for the expansion of the Serpentine Gallery by organizing their charity auction in partnership with Sotheby's. She was Fair Manager for Frieze Art Fair from its launch until 2006, Co-Director of Art HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair from 2007-2009 and Fair Director of Art 13-Art15 from 2012 – 2014. She now consults independently and writes for the German financial newspaper The Handelsblattas well as the Neue Züricher Zeitung as their London art market correspondent.

  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: The Contemporary Art World – An Introduction

    • Course Introduction

    • Definitions of the Art World

    • Where We Are Today

    Week 2: The Art World Ecology

    • Art World Models – A Critical Evaluation

    • Networks and Relationships

    • Global Platforms: Art Fairs and Biennials

    Week 3: Museums, Curators and Critics (The Not-for-Profit Arena)

    • The Role of Institutions Today

    • Exhibitions and Curators

    • The Critics

    Week 4: Galleries and Auction Houses (An Introduction to the For-Profit Arena)

    • Galleries - Their Function and Role

    • The Primary Market

    • Auction Houses and the Secondary Market

    Week 5: Collectors and Collections (Private, Corporate and Intuitions)

    • Collecting Motivations

    • Collection Types

    Week 6: The Artist (The Elephant in the Room)

    • The Role of Artists

    • Career Trajectory and Value Generation of an Artist

  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    Tuition includes 6 weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.

    Terms and Conditions

    Online courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

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  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    For each course successfully completed, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor, Non-Degree Programs
    Tel: 212-897-6644 or Request Information

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