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Sotheby's Institute of Art - London

Found in the heart of Bloomsbury, the London campus is at the center of one of the world’s most important art capitals. The Institute is situated in Bedford Square, built between 1775 and 1783, one of the best preserved Georgian squares in London with a private central garden. We are only a few minutes’ walk from the British Museum, Sotheby’s auction house, the National Gallery, the University of London and the Royal Academy Of Arts‎. The Institute is also close to Mayfair, the traditional center of the London art market, where many dealers and galleries are located.

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.

London is a city of traditional and contemporary art museums, private collections and international commercial galleries. Sotheby’s auction house was founded in the city in 1744 and its London offices are now part of a global network encompassing Europe, Asia and America. In London, one of the world’s leading centers of higher education, students can enjoy a wide array of facilities and activities, including international cultural events and a vibrant art scene.

Programs of Study

Sotheby’s Institute London offers a range of programs that uniquely integrate art historical scholarship and market expertise, from Master’s degrees and 15-week intensive courses to Short Courses and Executive Education. Through many paths of study, our students gain the knowledge and credentials needed for success in today’s worldwide art markets and cultural institutions.

Master's Degrees

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Master's Degrees

Master's Degrees

Master's degree programs emphasize hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom, bringing students into direct contact with works of art through study trips to galleries, museums, auction houses, and private collections in London and across Europe.

In London, we offer four Master's Degree programs in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Art and Design, and Modern and Contemporary Asian Art.

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Semester Study

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Semester Study

Semester Study

Sotheby’s Institute of Art—London offers a number of full-time fifteen-week programs, some of which can also be taken on a part-time basis. Different subjects are offered in the autumn and spring semesters, but each combines academic study with an insight into the professional art world and takes full advantage of the rich cultural resources that London offers.

Designed for students who have a strong vocational or professional interest in a specific subject, these programs can also provide the necessary foundation for students who lack an art history background and are applying to the MA programs at the Institute

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Summer Study

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Summer Study

Summer Study

The Summer Study program offers intensive four-week courses in areas of art business, art history and finance. The program is designed for undergraduates, career changers, study abroad participants and those interested in art and cultural history. Courses are offered over two sessions and students may attend both.

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Short Courses

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Short Courses

Short Courses

Short Courses at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London are offered throughout the year to provide unparalleled opportunities for participants to gain practical skills and insight into the international art world.

Each course is designed to address the specific needs and interests of its participants. Led by faculty from Sotheby's Institute of Art and enhanced by lectures from international experts and practitioners in the field, Short Courses offer an innovative, object-based learning experience and on-going networking opportunities.

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Executive Education

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Executive Education

Executive Education

Executive Education programs at Sotheby’s Institute of Art offer art professionals and career changers the opportunity to reach new levels of business management within the art world.

Aligned with the Institute’s hands-on approach, participants gain the latest thinking in business management in the art world via lectures, case studies and visits to leading galleries.

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Love for London

  • 1 Discover London

    London has four UNESCO world heritage sites: the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace which includes Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church, as well as Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Fourteen and a half million tourists visited London in 2010, making it Europe's most visited city.

  • 2 For the Bookworms

    London has more than 800 bookshops and 380 public libraries.
    The British Library houses a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland with the collection now consisting of over 150 million items. If you were to see 5 items each day, it would take you over 80,000 years to see the whole of the collection.

  • 3 The Museums

    London has over 200 museums and galleries, including 11 national museums. Public museums and galleries have no entry fee. Founded in 1753 the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all "studious and curious persons."

  • 4 The Tube

    Over a billion people a year use the London Underground to navigate the city. Its iconic map by Harry Beck was first produced in 1933, inspired by electrical circuit diagrams.

    Many treasures from London's art galleries were stored in secret tube tunnels during World War II.

  • 5 Music

    London has a rich musical history that spans almost every genre of music and includes some famous "final gigs": The Beatles played their last gig on the roof of Apple Corps at 3 Saville Row. It’s now an Abercrombie & Fitch store. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on Frith Street was the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance in 1970.

  • 6 Pubs

    London is full of pubs associated with artists, writers, and poets. The Fitzroy Tavern on Charlotte Street was famous for hosting Dylan Thomas, George Orwell, and Aleister Crowley, who invented a cocktail once served there.

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