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Few fields are more diverse but potentially bewildering than the international art world, and working in the arts in the UK and Europe post-Brexit and post-COVID holds uncertainty but great potential for all.

This unique eight-part course equips undergraduates, recent graduates, and career changers with the tools to orient themselves in what might, at the outset, feel like alien territory. Participants will hear from and have the opportunity to network with experienced professionals in the public and commercial art worlds, including auctioneers, gallerists, curators, and art lawyers.

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. The course concludes with a panel discussion during which students can ask questions of speakers from throughout the course and exchange ideas with their peers.

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 an understanding of the changing landscape of careers in the visual arts, specifically in the UK and Europe
  • To identify and benefit from opportunities to grow your network with individuals, organisations and institutions
  • To research a wide variety of employment opportunities—from internships and entry level positions, to mid-career changes and independent, freelance work
The Details
  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    February 17 - Feb 26, 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 especially suited to undergraduates, recent graduates and career changers. This course is particularly for those who would like to explore their options for how to develop their knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a career in the art world.
  • Key Skills

    Key Skills

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

    • Creativity*

    • Communication

    • Adaptability*

    Hard skills:

    • Analytical skills*

    • Presentation skills

    * Featured in LinkedIn's Top 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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