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Introduction to Contemporary Art, Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 2 months
As contemporary art continues to evolve and challenge, it finds new ways to engage the viewer. The Introduction to Contemporary Art course from Sotheby's Institute of Art provides you with a roadmap for understanding contemporary art by examining critical works by artists including Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera, and Alfredo Jaar, among many others.
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Through lectures and discussions, this Introduction to Contemporary Art course offered by Sotheby captures contemporary art’s complex trajectory, exploring the central themes, as well as the ideas behind some of the most important works of the past 60 years. 

By carefully studying the context of contemporary art, you will gain an appreciation of the impact that momentous social, political, and cultural events have had in inspiring dramatic innovation in the arts. 

At the end of the course, you will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.

What you will learn:

  • The critical historical and societal contexts for such radical creative initiatives in the last century.
  • The skills and the tools for looking at, understanding, and critically assessing contemporary works of art.
  • How to identify important works that represent significant moments in the unfolding of contemporary art.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6 weeks

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Sample Topics

  • Introduction to contemporary art
  • Minimalism
  • Conceptual art
  • Ideas and meaning in performance art
  • Actions, happenings, events, and situations
  • Time, space, bodies, and audiences
  • Feminism, bodies, and performance arts
  • Power, identity, and appropriation
  • The effect of image saturation on society and culture
  • The collision of media, advertising, mass production, and art

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • All online courses are offered on a non-credit basis. As these courses are open to the general public, there are no prerequisites; however, students must be at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma, or the equivalent in order to register.
  • After students have registered online, they will receive an e-mail acknowledging that Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) has received and accepted the registration. Submission of registration along with full tuition payment constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • All courses are conducted in English; a good working knowledge of the language and written form is recommended, although no certification is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1485 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1485 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • National

    1485 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1485 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
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