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Sotheby's Institute of Art in London

Sotheby's Institute of Art - London

Found in the heart of Bloomsbury, and only minutes away from the British Museum, the National Gallery and Sotheby’s Auction House, the London campus is at the centre of one of the world’s most important art capitals. The Institute is situated in Bedford Square, built between 1775 and 1783, and is one of the best preserved Georgian squares in London with a private central garden. 

Sotheby's auction house provides students with privileged access to pre-sale viewings, talks by experts, and handling sessions. In addition, students visit the many commercial galleries, artists' studios and museums available in London. Such knowledge prepares students for a variety of careers in the art world.

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Programmes of Study

In London, we offer six Master's Degree programmes in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Photography, Fine & Decorative ArtEast Asian Art and Contemporary Design.

These MA programmes require two semesters of full-time study plus a third semester of independent study to complete a research dissertation.

The five 15-week semester programmes are run in autumn and spring of each academic year, some of which can be taken on a part-time basis, and cover a range of subject areas. 

Seven 4-week intensive summer courses also take place each summer in London. 

Short and Executive Education courses take place throughout the year and we offer a number of day, week and evening courses.
All postgraduate, semester and summer programmes in London are validated by the University of Manchester, the first and most eminent of the English civic universities and part of the esteemed Russell Group.

Your pathway to a career in the international art world

The Institute has over 6,000 Alumni worldwide, many of whom direct galleries, work in museums and foundations, in auction houses, in art advisory, in art journalism, in art public relations and event planning as well as a variety of other businesses that that are involved in and support art. Some Alumni are collectors of fine and decorative arts or continue to enrich their lives with an informed passion for art.

Graduates will become members of our Global Alumni Network who have access to a range of benefits, services and social and networking events which help them with their careers.

45 Years of Art Market Expertise

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