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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 £75 (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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Short Courses

These courses offer intensive study combining academic learning with real world engagement, allowing students a 360-degree view of the art world. Led by faculty and professionals who are experts in their field, classes are balanced by a schedule of study trips.

Expected completion time: 5min

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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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SIA Pre-College Program 

Designed for teens with a strong interest in visual art, art history, art business, design and luxury. Programs are open to high school students (rising grades 10-12 and graduating seniors). Students must be 15 years old by the first day of the program. All new students are required to complete an online application. All applicants will be asked to submit the following:

Programs are open to incoming high school students (grades 9-12). All new students are required to complete an online application.

  • Transcript and School Report (Required): Forms must include the school’s grading system and the most recent completed semester grades. Transcripts must be in English and do not need to be official. Report cards for the last two years are acceptable.
  • Work/Writing Sample (Optional): Students can submit any piece of work as an optional supplement to their application (e.g. research paper, poetry, course assignment, artwork, proposals, etc.).

Applications will not be considered complete until the transcript and payment of the $50 application fee have been received. Failure to submit the required transcript by the application deadline may result in rejection or declined admission.

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Gap Year Programs 

The Gap Year program invites students aged 18-21 to explore London and the art world. Offered as 6-week and 12-week terms, including hybrid and face-to-face options, 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.

All prospective Gap Year students are required to complete an online application. The online application can be completed in a few basic steps. Applicants will be asked to submit a recent transcript, short personal statement, and a $50 application fee. As students work through their application, they may save their progress and return to the application prior to final submission.

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Study Abroad in London

All applicants must be at least 18 years old by the program start date and currently enrolled as undergraduates. The program is suitable for students studying a range of subjects across the humanities, arts, and business.

We are partnering with a select number of colleges and universities for this program. If you are attending one of our partner schools, please contact your home institution’s study abroad office for more information and details regarding how to apply.

If you are not currently attending one of our partner institutions, please contact your home institution’s study abroad office to discuss how credits may apply to your transcript. You are also welcome to contact us directly at to discuss your options.

All prospective students are required to complete an online application. In addition to basic contact, demographic, and university information, the application process will include a written statement regarding your interest in attending Sotheby’s Institute of Art Study Abroad in London program.

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Summer Program in London

The applicant must be at least 18 years old by the beginning of the program and currently enrolled in, or considering enrolling in, an undergraduate university program.The Summer Program is suitable for students studying a wide range of major subjects across humanities, arts, and business. Please note, this program is not accredited. The Global Art Market Summer Study Abroad course is accredited through the University of Manchester.

All prospective students are required to complete an online application. Applicants will be asked to submit basic contact and demographic information, a short written statement regarding your interest in attending Sotheby’s Institute of Art Summer Program in London, and a £40 application fee. If you are applying for the Global Art Market accredited course, you will be prompted to upload a current copy of your unofficial undergraduate transcript.

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