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Summer Study in New York

Make the Art World Your World

The Summer Study programme in New York offers 2 and 4 week courses in the areas of art business, contemporary art and design and art history. Each course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, art professionals and those interested in art and cultural history. With no application requirements or prerequisites, you can make the art world your world this summer.

Experience Art in New York
With over 1,000 galleries, 167 museums, numerous artist’s studios, scores of non-profit art foundations, organizations and publications, New York City is one of the art capitals of the world. You can watch an artist at work in her Brooklyn studio, speak with the director of a Chelsea gallery, and attend an auction at Sotheby’s all in one day. With over 100 site visits throughout June and July, New York is your classroom and experiencing art is what Summer Study at Sotheby’s Institute is all about.

Ask the Experts
Gain access to practicing art world professionals including curators, art advisors, art lawyers, auction house specialists and gallerists. In addition to our renowned faculty, many of whom teach in the Institute’s MA programs, nearly 150 guest speakers from arts and business institutions share their insights with classes each summer, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to discuss the business of art with the experts.

Build Global Connections
Coming from six continents and over thirty-five countries, Summer Study students have diversity in common and a passion for art and the art world. This global perspective makes Summer Study truly unique, giving you a chance to build connections with colleagues around the world.

Pursue Your Passion
Courses are structured to provide research time outside the classroom so you can explore all New York has to offer, and pursue your passion on your terms. 

2014 Summer Study Courses:

2 June – 26 June, 2014
4-week courses meet Monday – Thursday, mornings or afternoons, and Fridays are reserved for additional seminars and field trips.
2-week courses meet Monday – Friday, in the afternoon.

Course fees 2014

4-week courses: $3,750 for one course or $7,000 for two courses
2-week courses: $2,150 for one course or $3,900 for two courses

There is also a one-time $50 registration fee payable at time of registration. Full payment is due upon registration.

Academic Credits

All courses are offered on a non-credit basis. Students who wish to take the four-week intensive courses for credit through their home institution should inquire about requirements ahead of time from their school. It is advisable to seek approval prior to taking the course as credit acceptance is at the discretion of individual institutions. For students who have received approval to take a four-week course for credit, some seminars and Friday field trips are mandatory, and there will be an additional exam or written assignment due at the end of the course. Courses are graded as pass/ fail. Two-week courses are not eligible for credit.

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International Students

For information about requirements for travel to the United States, Sotheby’s Institute of Art recommends that you check with the U.S. Government’s official Visa website. Most international students can complete our summer programs while visiting the U.S. on a tourist's visa. Students are not required to supply a language certificate but must be aware that the courses are conducted in English and a good working knowledge of the language is recommended.


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Online Registration

Click here to register now and pay online for Introduction to Art and Finance.
All other summer study courses are closed for registration. Payment by credit card only.
Click here to download Terms and Conditions & Registration form. 
There is an additional late registration fee of $50 that applies after May 3rd for the June courses and after June 7th for the July courses. 

Further Information

For further information or questions about Summer Study, please email:
Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions:
Tel: +1 212.517.3929

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