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Sotheby's Institute of Art in London

Sotheby's Institute of Art - London

Our location in London is in the heart of Bloomsbury, only minutes away from the British Museum and within walking distance of the National Gallery and Sotheby's auction house, as well as the University of London. 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.

Our postgraduate programmes are validated by the University of Manchester, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the U.K.

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

We are pleased to announce the AHRC has awarded Sotheby's Institute of  Art - London ten Professional Preparation Masters studentships over the next three years. Read more...

The four 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. 

Six 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.

Also a split-site doctorate is offered by the University of Manchester with Sotheby’s Institute of Art in order to offer students of the Institute the opportunity to carry their studies to a higher degree of specialisation.

Applications may be sent to us throughout the year before the course start date. Applications are being accepted for entry in early September, 2013 and Financial Aid is available.

Your pathway to a career in the international artworld



The Institute has over 6,000 alumni worldwide, many of whom direct galleries, work in museums, foundations and auction houses, or pursue careers in art journalism, consulting and related professions. Many others have become collectors or enrich their lives with an informed passion for art.

Graduates become members of our Alumni Association who have access to a range of services which help graduates with their careers. .

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