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The impetus for both individuals and organizations to pursue new income streams and funding opportunities has reached an unprecedented level in the arts.

This intensive course will explore a wide variety of models and approaches for expanding your resources— from business planning and income generation to researching, identifying and applying for funding.

With insight and candor, arts professionals from both the public and private sectors will provide advice and expertise using examples from their own personal experience. Over eight sessions, these guest speakers will consider the opportunities available to people working in the arts for contributing to and supporting the activities of organizations as well as securing the resources they need for individual career development and project-based work.

Sessions are facilitated by the Course Leader and students are encouraged to participate in both group discussions and a Q&A at the end of each session, before exploring the issues raised in structured group work. Practical tasks and workshops will be integrated into the course to enable students to use a hands-on approach to learning.

This Intensive Course consists of live-streamed lectures and discussions. Recordings of the live sessions are accessible anytime during the course via our online learning platform, Canvas.

Students will learn:

  • To develop your ability to think creatively, strategically, and ambitiously about how to use existing resources to generate new opportunities
  • To gain a basic understanding of business planning in the art world and how to navigate the marketplace
  • To research, identify and write funding applications to maximize the potential for success
The Details
  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    January 27 - February 5, 2021
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. GMT
    (12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT)
    Week 1: Wed-Fri
    Week 2: Mon-Fri
    Course Fee: £795.00 (£715, if registered by December 8, 2020)
    All online Intensive Courses are developed in London by Sotheby's Institute faculty, programming staff, and industry experts.
  • How It Works

    How It Works

    Our online Intensive Courses are designed to enrich and deepen your understanding of a specific art world subject in an accelerated and dynamic format. The courses are ideal for undergraduates, career changers, art professionals, and art lovers seeking to learn more about art and cultural history or to acquire specific knowledge/skills.
    Led by art professionals drawn from our global faculty, these courses provide participants with expert insight and practical skills through a combination of livestreamed lectures and group discussion. Course materials and lecture recordings can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Sotheby’s Institute’s learning platform – Canvas. Canvas is an intuitive, self-contained environment that requires no additional software.
    Once you successfully complete the course, you will 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.
  • Who Is This Course For?

    Who Is This Course For?

    This course is suitable for all levels. It is designed to provide an overview for anyone who is concerned with funding and resources in the arts—from those working for both small and larger organisations to those working independently.
  • Key Skills

    Key Skills

    Participants in this course will develop skills in the following areas:
    Soft skills:

    • Creativity*

    • Collaboration*

    • Self-motivation

    Hard skills:

    • Fund raising

    • Strategic planning

    • Proposal writing

    * Featured in LinkedIn's Top 10 Skills most demanded by employers in 2020.
  • Faculty


    Amy Mechowski (Consultant Lecturer, London) was an Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2007 to 2013, in three of the four collections departments (Asia; Word & Image; and Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass), undertaking a wide range of curatorial activities and working on both major exhibitions and capital projects. She left the Museum to devise and lead the semester course Art Museums, Galleries & Curating at Sotheby’s Institute of Art before returning to the V&A as Head of the Learning Academy where she led a team which delivered the adult learning program for the Museum, including history of art and design courses, workshops, conferences and professional development. Amy was a Research Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art and has published and delivered public lectures and conference papers on research topics such as performativity and spectatorship in museums and galleries. Her extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience includes UCL, Goldsmith’s, the University of Warwick, Queen Mary (University of London)
    and Kingston University.
  • Register


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    This course is listed under the Intensive Course option in the online application. Online Intensive Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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