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Summer Study in New York:

Make the Art World Your World

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. New York is your classroom and experiencing art is what Summer Study at Sotheby’s Institute is all about.

Ask the Experts
In addition to our renowned faculty, many of whom teach in the Institute’s MA programs, nearly 150 guest speakers, including curators, art advisors, art lawyers, auction house specialists and gallerists, 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
Six continents. Forty countries. Diverse backgrounds. Undergraduate and graduate students. Art professionals, writers, artists, gallerists, designers, educators and more. Not only do Summer Study students have diversity in common, but also a passion for art and the art world, 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. With no application requirements or prerequisites, you can make the art world your world this summer.
4-week courses meet Monday – Thursday, mornings or afternoons.
2-week courses meet Monday – Friday, afternoon.
Friday mornings are reserved for campus wide additional seminars and field trips.

Course fees 2015

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*
4-week course paired with 2-week course: $5,500*

There is also a one-time nonrefundable $50 registration fee payable at time of registration. Full payment is due upon registration. After May 1 (June Session), or after June 5 (July Session), the registration fee increases to $100.

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.

Academic Credits

All courses are offered on a non-credit basis. Students who wish to take the four-week intensive courses for credit must do so through their home institution and 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, the three Friday Field Study Activities and class attendance are mandatory, and there will be an additional written assignment due at the end of the course. Courses are graded as pass/ fail. Two-week courses are not eligible for credit.

Students must submit a signed, course credit form to the Institute on or before May 25, 2015 to declare intention to take a course for credit.
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Online Registration

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Download Terms & Conditions and Registration Form.

If you are younger than 18 years of age please see the New York Summer Study
Pre College application.

Further Information

For further information or questions about Summer Study, please email:
Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions:
Tel: +1.212.517.3929

*When both are booked at the New York campus, during the same summer period (2015).

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