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
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.