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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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Postgraduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate

A two-semester Postgraduate Diploma is available to students who complete the required coursework for an MA Degree programme but who do not wish to write a Master's Degree Dissertation.

 

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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Semester Programmes

Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London offers a number of full-time fifteen-week programmes, some of which can also be taken on a part-time basis. Different subjects are offered in the autumn and spring semesters, but each combines academic study with an insight into the professional art world and takes full advantage of the rich cultural resources that London offers.

Expected completion time: 10–15min

The online application system allows candidates to submit scanned copies of all required documents. If necessary, certificates may be submitted separately. However, it is preferable that all documents be received prior to an applicant’s interview.

To apply for a Semester Programme you will be asked to upload/mail:

  • A CV/resume
  • English language certification if your native language is not English and you have not completed an undergraduate degree that was taught in English.
  • A degree diploma/certificate if your native language is not English and you have completed an undergraduate degree that was taught in English.

If you are applying for the Art Business Foundations and Placement course, you will also be asked to mail, after you have completed the online application, the following:

  • Scans of university transcripts
  • A 500-word motivation statement indicating a preference for three art world placement sectors from the selection listed on the Art Business Foundations and Placement webpage, and explaining the reasoning behind your choices
  • One letter of reference/recommendation from a tutor or employer.

All applicants will be required to submit a non-refundable application fee of £25 (GBP) in order for your application to be sent to the Institute for processing and review.

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Summer Study

Summer courses in London and New York combine museum, gallery, studio and auction house visits with lectures by SIA faculty and art world experts.

 

To register for a Summer Study course in New York you will need to provide some basic personal information, choose your course and submit payment.

To apply for a Summer Study course in London, you will be asked to upload/mail the documents listed below. For us to process your application quickly, we recommend you attach as much documentation as possible. We cannot process your application until we have received all documentation requested.

  • A CV/resume
  • A certificate or transcript from your most recent educational institution
  • In addition, students whose first language is not English and those who do not intend to apply for a place as an auditor are also required to upload/mail:
    • A certificate or transcript showing that they have completed a course of study in English for a minimum of one year
    • OR A certificate demonstrating achievement of IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent English language competency

    Once your application has been approved you will receive a confirmation email which will direct you to login via a secure link to submit tuition payment. Please note there is a 2% fee for processing.

    Please note that students from outside the EU may need to apply in advance for a student visitor visa in order to participate in Summer Study in London

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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.

Expected completion time: 5min

Requirements:

To register for an Online course you will need to provide some basic personal information, choose your course and submit payment.


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Short Courses

Short courses are taught throughout the year in London, New York, across mainland China, and Hong Kong, covering a range of topics and are open to all those interested in learning about the international art world.

Expected completion time: 5min

Requirements:

To register for a Short Course you will need to provide some basic personal information, choose your campus, course and submit payment.

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