Sotheby's Institute of Art - Gap Year London

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Program Description

Built around the unrivaled access of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the Gap program invites curious students to explore London and the art world. Offered as 6-week and 12-week terms, the program is ideal for students who are passionate about the wider arts and want to embark on a journey of self-discovery and cultural immersion.

The London Gap experience goes beyond London. We’ll take you to other cities across Europe including Paris, Venice, and Edinburgh. From historic architecture, to world-famous museums and galleries, these trips will introduce students to rich legacies that have been deeply influential in defining Western cultural tradition, while immersing them in new worlds of art, history, fashion, and cuisine.


· Visit London’s major cultural venues like the British Museum, Tate Modern, the Historic Royal Palaces and Barbican Centre.
· Dinners with special guests. Past hosts have included authors, art critics, a Savile Row tailor, senior staff at Sotheby’s auction house, art historians, the Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and an independent film maker.
· Invitations to gallery and exhibition openings, special parties, private views, book launches and other events.
· Side trips to explore other iconic destinations in Europe, including Paris, Venice, and Edinbugh depending on which session(s) you choose.


Gap Year programs are open to graduated high school students, ages 18-21. All prospective Gap students are required to complete an online application. Our online application can be completed in a few basic steps. As students work through their application, they may save their progress and return to the application prior to final submission.

There is also an online application for Financial Aid. Financial assistance is awarded based on a combination of merit and need. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must submit a completed program application, followed by a financial aid application.

What`s Included

This program introduces students to a world of creativity, culture, business, and opportunity in the heart of London: a historic, cosmopolitan and thriving capital city. Designed for students aged 18-21, the program provides unique opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, meet new people, develop an intimate understanding of the art world, and discover their place within it.

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London, United Kingdom

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Program Details

Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • United Kingdom: London
1-3 months
Program Type:
Gap Year Expedition
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide

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