Careers in the art World: A Practical Guide

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby's Institute of Art

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About the course

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 you 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.

You will learn:

  • To define key roles in the art world and their entry requirements, including identifying new career paths related to art and technology.
  • To analyze the factors that drive success in different art world careers.
  • To recognize individual strengths and interests, in order to design and strategize the best career path.

Sample Topics

Week 1: Working with Art & Artists

  • In Galleries – the Artist Liaison
  • In the Studio – the Studio Manager
  • In the Museum – the Curator
  • In the Press – the Art Critic
  • Career Path in Focus interview

Week 2: Working on Stage & Behind the Scenes

  • At the Art Fair – Multitasking and troubleshooting
  • At an Exhibition – Collaborating
  • Behind the Scenes – The Registrar, the Conservator, the Collections Manager
  • Career Path in Focus interview

Week 3: Working in Sales, Publicity & Events

  • The Gallerist – “Always be closing”
  • The Auction House Specialist – Market Knowledge & Client Relationships
  • The Art Advisor – Standing Out in a Crowded Market
  • Marketing & Public Relations – From Press Releases to Networking
  • Career Path in Focus interview

Week 4: Working with Social Media & Technology

  • Looking Ahead – Harnessing New Opportunities
  • Art on Instagram – A Case Study
  • Careers in Social Media – New Roles & Future Prospects
  • Career Path in Focus interview

Experts

Emilie Faure

B.A., Harvard University M.A., Sciences-Po, Paris Emilie Faure works at the intersection of art sales and commercial strategy for artists. In her six years as Sales Executive at White Cube, she advised collectors on acquisitions with an eye on both curatorial relevance and long-term investment...

Careers in the art World: A Practical Guide at Sotheby's Institute of Art

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