In this full-immersion semester program students explore the history and development of art in the western world from ancient Greek beginnings to contemporary art.
The program is introductory but intensive. It is for students aiming to build a strong understanding of western art history and to develop excellent visual skills. It also serves as a gateway program for students with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than art history who hope to apply for a postgraduate program at Sotheby’s Institute.
Students learn about key stylistic developments, methods, materials and techniques. The program also deals with the broader social, political and cultural contexts which defined the shape of artistic achievement across a very long period.
In addition to the art historical content, the program includes a series of sessions entitled ‘Talk To The Professionals’ during which students have the opportunity to meet museum curators, auction house specialists, fine art dealers, art critics, art consultants and art restorers who will share their own experience of these roles and the paths that brought them there.
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field.