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Online Learning

A Distinctly Different Way to Learn

Expand Your Knowledge and Global Network
Follow your passion, explore a career change or prepare for more advanced study with our intensive online courses that offer a deep understanding of pivotal art history movements and of the ever changing world of art business. You will study with students from across the globe gaining international perspectives, real world experiences and an opportunity to learn from and connect with like-minded people from Paris to Hong Kong to São Paulo.

Experience an Interactive Approach to Online Learning
Engage in research, share your insights and experiences, ask questions and contribute to lively discussion. With the personal interactive nature of our small class size you gain access to practicing art world professionals including Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA faculty and receive individualized attention from the instructor. Courses are organized in an easy-to-navigate logical sequence that includes materials such as video, audio, image galleries and readings.

Enjoy Convenience and Flexibility
Learn on your own schedule, on your own terms from anywhere in the world. You can access the course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the 6-week period, giving you the freedom to participate in the course when you choose from the comfort of your home. 

Winter 2015 6-week Online Sessions

January 20th to March 2nd 
  • Introduction to Art History: The Movements that Mattered
  • Impressionism to Conceptualism: 1860 – 1980
  • Art as a Global Business
  • Writing for the Art World

February 10th to March 23rd 
  • Introduction to Art History: The Enduring Appeal of Painting
  • Introduction to Contemporary Art: 1980 – Present 
  • Art as an Alternative Investment

Registration will be available in early November.

Fall 2014 6-week Online Session October 6 to November 14, 2014

Art History
Introduction to Art History: The Enduring Appeal of Painting
Impressionism to Conceptualism: 1860 - 1980
Introduction to Contemporary Art: 1980 - Present

Art Business
Art as a Global Business
Art as an Alternative Investment 

Art Writing
Writing for the Art World

Certificates of Completion

To reward your work in successfully completing the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and the submission of assigned papers or projects.

Course fees


Registration Fee: $15


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Registration for this course is now closed.

For further information, please contact:
Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions
Tel. US: +1 212 517 3929

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