Entering prestigious and pricey Sotheby's Institute of Art classes without application, prerequisite and from wherever in the world has maybe been one of your fantasy for a time. Do not expect though, when registering for the Sotheby's Institute online, first classes starting next 28 March, to be able to earn a regular degree.
The online classes are short courses targeted at a wide audience wishing to gain insights in the art market, notably in economics and law. The description of courses such as "Art as an Alternative Investment" or "Understanding trends in the Art Market" aim at laying emphasis on art in regard of a professional carreer or project.
You will also be given the opportunity to develop your writing skills for the art or to be taught general art history.
The system works as follows: Once you have registered, you can access an online classroom with 24 hours online teaching and discussion room with other students, not more than 20 per class. If one of you guys is interested, the registration fees vary from 495 to 995$ for a module, let us know what the learning environement looks like as the following statement makes me curious:
"The Online system provides an environment very much like that of a traditional university. There is a library; there is an auditorium for public events; social spaces are available for extracurricular discussions or just getting to know each other; there is even a bookstore."
Courses are delivered by first rank art professionals, though the issue of the value of such a course on a CV is still to be determined. Emphasis is laid ore on the individual benefit of the course for a multiplicity of profile, to boost or complement skills.
Let's bet that this online programme is general enough to attract anyone willing to be better informed artwise.