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Master’s Degrees

In each of the Institute’s Master’s programmes, students explore art from a range of social, cultural, economic, and object-based perspectives, while gaining a deep understanding of how international art markets operate. All MA programmes include travel to major fairs, exhibitions, museums and collections, where students can engage with artworks firsthand.

The online application system allows candidates to submit scanned copies of all required documents, with the exception of recommendations. If necessary, transcripts, recommendations and other relevant documents may be submitted separately from the application and at a later date. However, it is preferable that all documents be received prior to an applicant’s interview.

Applications may only be submitted for admission to one campus. Applicants wishing to be considered for an alternate campus may request a change of status prior to July 1.

The following credentials are required for all applicants:

  • Academic transcripts/mark sheets from all post-secondary academic institutions attended.
  • A writing sample. Art History majors or minors should submit a marked/graded paper for review. Applicants with no formal art history background must submit a 1,000 word review of a gallery or museum exhibition of their choice.
  • Personal Statement (1,000 words or less addressing your interest in studying at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and your career goals)
  • Two letters of academic reference.
  • A CV/resume that includes all relevant art related background.
  • English language proficiency exam. All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree in an English speaking curriculum, must submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam and must achieve an appropriate score.

All applicants will be required to submit a non-refundable application fee of £50 (GBP) for the London campus and $100 (USD) for New York campus in order for your application to be sent to the Institute for processing and review.

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Accredited Courses

12 Weeks | Live Video Lectures & Discussion Semester courses
offered in a distance learning format allow students to explore key topics through live lectures and discussion for an intensive 12-weeks with accreditation by the University of Manchester. Part-time options available.

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Online Courses

Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Online offers intensive, custom-curated courses through a clean, simple e-learning interface. Taught by leading experts in the field, online courses provide for a deep understanding of key concepts, and regular interaction with students from around the world creates a truly global learning community.


To register for an online course, you will need to select your course, provide basic personal information, and submit payment.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art online courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older.

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