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Art History - Key Concepts

Online Course

30 September–24 November 2020

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course 0 img Art History Intensive: Key Concepts through Time examines important ideas in art history and art theory throughout human history, from cave painting through the modern age. Clear and concise weekly themes provide a framework to discuss a range of art objects selected from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The course begins with an exploration of different timelines within art history. Subsequently, each week surveys various forms of representation, analyzing how art has developed from the iconic works of the Old Masters to the innovative practices of contemporary artists today. This structure provides students with the necessary background and tools to confidently address complex subjects in art history, art criticism, curatorial work, and collecting—all indispensable to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of art or pursue a professional career in the art world.

Course fees: $1,860.00

Art as a Global Business - Dynamics of the Art Market

Online Course

30 September–10 November 2020

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course 0 img Art as a Global Business: Dynamics of the Art Market reveals the networks, concepts, and specialized terminology of the often-secretive international art market and offers an introduction to the commercial structures through which art flows. Course discussions outline how these commercial structures relate to each other and analyze the people, institutions, and organizations that comprise art business. Lastly, by emphasizing the effects of pricing, value formation, and globalization on the art market, course lectures assist students in understanding and identifying the risks and challenges that contribute to the ever-changing nature of the commercial art world.

Course fees: $1,485.00

The Art of Collecting

Online Course

30 September–10 November 2020

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course 0 img The ever-changing global landscape of today’s art market, with its international art fairs and dizzying calendar of live and online auctions, presents more opportunities than ever to buy art. The Art of Collecting introduces valuable collector strategies for focus and discernment and offers professional insights around how to navigate this fast-paced international marketplace as a collector. Discussions include how to determine a collection focus, differentiating price from value, understanding due diligence checklists, issues surrounding authenticity and forgeries, as well as simple tips for inventory management. Using a variety of art-historical resources and price databases, students will embark on a virtual “shopping trip,” applying basic collecting guidelines and comparative strategies to make a hypothetical acquisition for a collection.

Course fees: $1,485.00

Running a Contemporary Gallery

Online Course

30 September–10 November 2020

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course 0 img As the landscape for art expands, the contemporary art market’s unprecedented growth calls for a more in-depth look at the central role of the gallery. This course explores the high-stakes world of art galleries, integrating real-world examples with critical thinking around topics that shape the gallery business, including the increasingly central role of art fairs. Running a Contemporary Gallery equips those considering a career in the field with practical knowledge of the day-to-day functioning and the strategic operations of a gallery, including managing artists and clients, preparing for and participating in art fairs, negotiating relationships with other players in the art market, and marketing through online channels.

Course fees: $1,485.00

Writing for the Art World - Style and Substance

Online Course

28 October–08 December 2020

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course 0 img Writing about art is based on a sustained practice of rigorous analysis when first encountering an art object and the subsequent composition of prose that articulates that specific artwork’s aesthetic, social, and historical value. In Writing for the Art World: Style and Substance, students engage in close study of art objects and exhibitions. By reading exemplary texts, students will master the fundamental requirements for writing about art. The course explores writing structure, tone, and point-of-view, as well as the professional vocabulary used to intelligently describe and analyze contemporary art exhibitions. Students will work under the guidance of the instructor as well as in an exchange with fellow students via a mid-course peer workshop. This course also allows students to practice art writing by generating and revising weekly writing material such as exhibition reviews, museum wall text, artist biographies, and catalog entries. Students’ work in the course will culminate in the composition of a 1000-word essay that describes, analyzes, and critiques an exhibition which presents a strong or unique position within the context of art history or contemporary culture.

Course fees: $1,485.00

Art as a Global Business - The Value of Art

Online Course

28 October–08 December 2020

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course 0 img Art as a Global Business: The Value of Art provides essential information about the systems, structures, and dynamics that drive the art market to reveal the key influencers and the legal context within which they operate. Designed to build knowledge of Old Masters and contemporary art alike, each week evaluates how newer artists garner prestige, and how newsworthy sales drive the market internationally. Course materials also analyze the art market from a current viewpoint and trace the market’s historical roots, providing an in-depth picture of how today’s market came into being. Beyond considering the importance of the substantial amounts of money involved in the dealing of art, this course also allows students to carefully consider the challenges, risks, and opportunities inherent in the market.

Course fees: $1,485.00

Navigating Today’s Art World - From Studios to Art Fairs

Online Course

28 October–08 December 2020

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course 0 img 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 students 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 six-week course acts as a foundational business course and provides the necessary groundwork for students to move on to more specialized courses.

Course fees: $1,485.00

Art History

Online Course

28 October–08 December 2020

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course 0 img Art History: Renaissance Art to Present explores the highlights of European and American painting from the early Renaissance to nineteenth-century romanticism and into the modern age. Focusing on the paintings of Western masters including Giotto, Dürer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and others, students will discover the impact of the classical past, the interrelationship between stylistic developments, and the broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context in which art emerged. This course emphasizes the technical progress that defines each historical era, revealing the fascinating aesthetic advancements made possible by the materials and methods available at different times. For those new to art history, this course provides a solid underpinning for analyzing, interpreting, and appreciating paintings.

Course fees: $1,485.00

Buying and Selling Art at Auction

Online Course

18 November–15 December 2020

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course 0 img What does it take to buy and sell a work of art successfully at auction? The Art of Buying and Selling at Auction offers an insider’s perspective on the thrilling, fast-paced world of art auctions, taking you behind the scenes to learn from top professionals at one of the world’s premier auction houses. The course will examine questions such as: Who are the key players in an auction house, and what do they do? What are the different factors that determine the price of art, and how are values assigned? How has the internet changed the role of auctions in today’s art market? By the end of the course, students will master concepts such as commissions, reserves, guarantees, and irrevocable bids. Perfect for aspiring collectors, dealers, or the curious, this course will enable participants to approach art auctions with the knowledge and confidence necessary to succeed.

Course fees: $1,115.00

Careers in the Art World - A Practical Guide

Online Course

18 November–15 December 2020

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course 0 img Today’s international art world offers a wide range of career choices that are continually evolving. Careers in the Art World: A Practical Guide provides a hands-on, practical guide to navigating a variety of art world opportunities, including fresh perspectives on how to achieve success. It maps “who does what” to shape the industry, looking at both traditional careers like curating and the new and innovative professions forming within social media and digital platforms. In addition to lectures, targeted readings, and group discussions, this course includes interviews with a broad range of leading art professionals who share insights on their own career trajectories and suggestions for students. Additionally, the course includes a “career path workshop” in which students will have the chance to receive individualized feedback on personal career goals as well as targeted strategies for how to reach them in the fast-paced, flourishing environment of today’s art world.

Course fees: $1,115.00

Art Now - Contemporary Art since 1990

Online Course

18 November–15 December 2020

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course 0 img Welcome to today’s art world. Record-breaking sales of contemporary art are matched by the high status of global art world events, displayed through the spectacle of celebrities arriving at Art Basel-Miami Beach, the publicity surrounding the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, or the dramatic self-destruction of Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon just as the final hammer came down at Sotheby’s auction house in London in 2018. How to make sense of it all? Like Banksy’s work, the art of today can be both playful and challenging, infuriating and trite. Today’s art is endlessly reflective and referential, mirroring the role of the individual in society. In this course, students will learn to identify the key artists, as well as the central themes – from technology to globalism – addressed in contemporary art. Students will learn to evaluate how market forces such as galleries, art fairs, auction houses, and museums determine which artists are considered important, as well as how this dynamic is being altered by the rise of online art markets. Students will come away from this course feeling confident in their knowledge of art world trends and having boosted skills of visual literacy and understanding.

Course fees: $1,115.00