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Navigating Careers in the Art World


Navigating Careers in the Art World

To an outsider looking in, the art world can come across as a small, exclusive club that only allows VIP access.

In reality, it is an industry that holds a plethora of job potential for those that seek it. This course will set participants on the path to success in deciding if an art world career is right for them and demonstrates how to take securing a position in it to the next level. Instructed by the founder of a high-profile art recruitment agency, the course provides a comprehensive introduction to the diverse career opportunities available within the dynamic realm of fine arts by analyzing current market trends. Through exploration, discussion, and practical insights such as resume-building and interview tips, students will gain an understanding of the multifaceted landscape of the art industry, its various sectors, and the skills required to succeed in these fields.

This short program will cover:

Survey of Fine Art Professions: Explore the breadth of professions within the fine art world, including gallerists, curators, art historians, auctioneers, art dealers, art restorers’, art administrators and professional support roles, including marketing and logistics, within the sector.

Industry Insight and Trends: Analyse current trends, market dynamics, and the evolving landscape of the art world. Understand the impact of technology, globalization, and social changes on the art industry.

Professional Development Skills: Course participants will receive a crash course on resume and cover letter writing, job interview tips, networking, managing social media and a review of how and where to look for roles in the art world.

Guest Speakers and Industry Insights: Guest speakers from different sections of the art industry will share their own professional journey and offer tips and advice based on their experience navigating this complex ecosystem.

The course concludes with a short project for students to apply their newfound knowledge.

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  • Date
    April 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
  • Time
    6 PM GMT / 1 PM EST
  • Duration
    2 Weeks
  • Type
    Live Course
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Julia Henderson


Julia Henderson has spent 20 years in senior positions within large recruitment and staffing businesses, including as the CEO of Recruitment Solutions Group. She founded DRAW Recruitment, a market-leading recruitment agency specialising in arts jobs and sourcing talent for the fine art, antiques, auction and luxury markets sector in 2016, together with Nina Langford. They were quickly able to build up a loyal client base and today have an expansive network all over the international art world.

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  • About Live Courses

    About Live Courses

    This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and Q&A. All live sessions are also recorded and available on the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Navigate the start of a career path in the art world with the goal of obtaining a dream role.
    • Understand how to apply for a job in a professional and efficient manner.
    • Draft a professional resume, appropriate social media presence and cover letter for an artworld position.
    • Identify where to locate open art world positions and find other art world resources.
    • Identify the different possible professional roles in the field of art galleries, auction houses and non-profit institutions.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as TBD IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    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.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.