Sotheby's Institute of Art: MA in Art Business


England: London


London is at the centre of the global art and antiques market, where dealers trade in Asian and Indian art alongside British and European. This is a USD60 billion plus industry, employinghundreds of thousands of professionals in small and medium-sized businesses as well as in a number of large enterprises, includingauction houses, galleries, investment banks, insurance companies and other specialist service suppliers to the market. Many of ourgraduates now hold responsible positions in the international commercial art world.

The programme is not a business degree buta degree in the business side of art. It is designed for students with an art historical background who want to understand businesstheories and practice, as well as the technical and structural elements of the art market. An important theme of the programme is itsanalysis of a wide range of art market sectors. Students learn how to evaluate and market art objects from antiquity to the present day. Europe is home to a number of other significant centres for the art market, offering valuable comparisons with the London scene. Recent study trips abroad have included the Maastricht TEFAF Art Fair, and contemporary art fairs in Turin, Paris and Berlin.


Academic Year: 1 September 2013 - 31 October 2014

Semester 1
September - December, 2013
* International Art World: Private Sector and Public Sphere I
* Ethics and Law I
* Art Business, Finance, and Investment I
* Research Methods for Art Business: Qualitative and Quantitative

Semester 2
January - June, 2014
* International Art World: Private Sector and Public Sphere II
* Ethics and Law II
* Art Business, Finance, and Investment II
* Professional Practice for Art Business

Semester 3
June - October, 2014
* Dissertation (MA only).

Students prepare a dissertation under the supervision of their tutor.


Academic Year

Minimum Education


Subject Areas

  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Arts
  • Business Admin. & Management
  • Culture
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Museum Studies
  • Visual Arts

Cost in US$:

10,000 Per Semester

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Independent living

Participants Travel


Application Process Involves

  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network