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About the Program

The Fine and Decorative Art and Design curriculum is based on a simple belief: the fundamental currency of the art world is objects. The program prepares students for careers in the art world, focusing not only on the history of art in America but also on the connoisseurship skills necessary to study and evaluate objects and to engage directly with the marketplace; it examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period. An internship at the prestigious Winter Antiques Show and weekly travel and study trips form an essential part of the experience, providing a deeper understanding of regional differences and expanding students’ professional networks.

About Our MA Students

Students in the program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects. Whether in sales, art history, cultural institution management, or the museum world, graduates have the ability to think critically and actively seek ways to foster connections to art through interpretation. Alumni of the program now hold significant positions in galleries, auction houses, consultancies, and museums.

Our Curriculum

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*Approval for change of name from American Fine and Decorative Arts is pending with the New York State Department of Education.

The Details
  • Curriculum


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  • Faculty
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Program fees 2017-2018

    Semester 1: $22,300
    Semester 2: $23,300
    Semester 3: $23,300

    Travel Study Fees:
    Semester 1 and 2: $6,800

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     to apply.

    Note: course offerings subject to change pending annual curriculum review
  • Field Trips And Study Visits

    Field Trips And Study Visits


    • Drayton Hall

    • Nathaniel Russell House

    • Aiken-Rhett House

    • Charleston Museum

    • Heyward Washington House

    • Joseph Manigault House

    • Rivers Collection

    • Middleton Plantation

    Delaware / Philadelphia

    • Winterthur House Tour

    • Furniture Study seminar with Brock Jobe

    • Conservation tour Winterthur

    • PMA

    • Mt. Pleasant (Mansion)

    • Delaware Antiques Show

    Boston / Salem

    • BPL

    • Trinity Church

    • Gardner Museum

    • MFA Boston

    • Harrison Otis Gray House

    • Harvard Museums

    • Peabody Essex Museum

    • Paul Revere House

    • Vose Galleries

    Williamsburg / DC

    • National Gallery of Art

    • Freer / Sackler

    • Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

    • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

    • Antiques Forum at Colonial Williamsburg

    • Smithsonian American Art Museum

    • National Portrait Gallery

    • Renwick Gallery

    • Heurich House Museum

    • Mount Vernon

    Newport, RI

    • RISD

    • John Brown House

    • Hunter House

    • Kingscote

    • Isaac Bell House

    • The Elms

    • Chateau-sur-Mer

    • The Breakers

    • Marble House

    • Touro Synagogue

    • Redwood Library

    • Rough Point

    • Whitehorne House

    Chicago and Milwaukee

    • Wright Auction House

    • Art Institute

    • Dreihaus Museum

    • FLW home and Studio

    • Unity Temple

    • Robie House

    • Glessner House

    • Milwaukee Art Museum

    • Chipstone Foundation

    Day Trips:

    • Yale Art Gallery

    • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    • Newark Museum

    • Brooklyn Museum

    • Merchant’s House Museum

    • Glass House

    • Whitney Museum of Art

    • Hirschl and Adler

    • Eli Wilner and Co.

  • Access To Top Art Research Centers

    Access To Top Art Research Centers

    In addition to research and study at the New York campus library, Sotheby's Institute of Art students have access to some of the top art research centers in the Unites States. These include the Museum of Modern Art Library, which houses a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art, and the Frick Art Reference Library, with collections relate chiefly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. For the full list of New York City area resources click here.
  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Anupama Chakravartti, Associate Director of Admissions
    Email: or Request Information
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