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Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles

A Collaborative Programme between Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Claremont Graduate University


In an historic collaboration, Sotheby's Institute of Art and Claremont’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management offer a three-semester programme leading to the MA in Art Business granted by the Claremont Graduate University. This ground-breaking partnership between two of the world’s leading graduate institutions marks a unique approach to education at the intersection of art and commerce.

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Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles has a priority deadline on 27th February, 2015 for the fall semester. We will accept late applications but we encourage all students to apply before the priority deadline.

MA in Art Business

The degree in Art Business is designed for people seeking a career in the visual art world. Sotheby’s Institute of Art is the undisputed leader in art market and art business education, with campuses in New York and London in addition to Los Angeles. Students who pursue a degree in Art Business typically pursue careers with auction houses, museums, public art organizations and other art enterprises, or they start their own innovative art businesses, such as galleries, media properties, or consulting and advisory firms.

As a partnership with The Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, the MA in Art Business provides a solid foundation in the business of art and instruction from a distinguished faculty dedicated to the practice of management as a “liberal art.” Based in Los Angeles County, the artistic capital of the Western United States and an important hub for the economies of the Pacific Rim, the Art Business program offers access to a dynamic and innovative local arts community as well as to an international coterie of visual arts professionals. Students in the program enjoy privileged access to Los Angeles’s great museums as well as the city’s galleries and private collections.

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Curriculum: Dual Core and Concentrations

CORE 1

Core 1 consists of The Drucker School’s core courses in management, which include finance and accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, and economics of strategy – the fundamentals of any elite business education.

CORE 2

Core 2 consists of Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s signature core courses in art business, which include the structures of the art market, comparative art markets, art law, and modules of professional practice, such as the auction business, valuation, development, and entrepreneurship.

This dual core then leads to one of three concentrations:

CONCENTRATION 1: GENERAL ART BUSINESS

This is the standard, and broadest-reaching, art business curriculum. It includes the Drucker School’s core courses in management and Sotheby’s Institute’s core courses in art business, as well as sixteen units of elective courses that may be drawn from the full array of courses offered at CGU and, in certain cases, upper level seminars offered by the Claremont Colleges. The General Business curriculum prepares students for entry into any number of art world careers, from auction runner to art fair manager to gallery director and more.

General Art Business Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Semester 2

  • Art Law
  • Professional Practice
  • Marketing
  • Master’s Project Methods
  • Elective
  • Art Business On-site

Semester 1

  • Structure of the International Art Market
  • Comparative Art Markets
  • Art Law
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Art Business On-Site

Semester 3

  • Master's Project Seminar
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective


CONCENTRATION 2: EAST ASIAN ART

Students with a dedicated interest in East Asian art and its markets may elect this concentration, which begins with the Drucker School’s core courses in management and Sotheby’s Institute’s core course in art business, but then follows a set curriculum that prepares students for working in and across the art markets of China, Japan, Korea as well as other East Asian countries. Through a combination of courses that cover both cultural policy and art history as well as connoisseurship, in conjunction with courses on international art law and “Doing Business in Asia” – an intensive course that culminates with a week of travel in the region – students are immersed within the world of East Asian art and business. As cultural literacy and communication are key factors to success in these markets, over the summer between their second and third semesters in the program, students are given the opportunity for further travel in the region, which can be paired with full-immersion language study or internships with East Asia-based art businesses and organizations, or both.

East Asian Art Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Semester 2

  • Marketing
  • International Art Law
  • Doing Business in Asia/China
  • Art & the Markets of Asia/China
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Master’s Project Methods

Semester 1

  • Structure of the International Art Market
  • Comparative Art Markets
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Art Law
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Art Business On-Site

Summer

  • Travel/Internship
  • Language Immersion

Semester 3

  • Asian Art History & Connoisseurship
  • Cultural And Arts Policy in Asia
  • Art Business on Site
  • Master’s Project Seminar


CONCENTRATION 3: CONTEMPORARY ART

There can be little doubt that International Contemporary Art is a major and very visible feature of the global art market. Students with an exclusive interest in contemporary art may choose this concentration, which includes the Drucker School’s core courses in management and Sotheby’s Institute’s core courses in art business, as well as a year-long survey of contemporary art’s recent history and specialized courses covering contemporary art theory and communications – from press releases and reviews to artist’s statements and catalogue essays. In the summer between the second and third semester, students in this concentration take part in an exhibition-making practicum, for which they stage an exhibition of contemporary art, producing and managing everything from the show’s curatorial direction to its budget, logistics, marketing, and programming. The contemporary art concentration prepares students for careers at the cutting edge of the international contemporary art world.

Contemporary Art Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Semester 2

  • Marketing
  • Art Law
  • Contemporary Art Communications
  • Survey of Contemporary Art
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Master’s Project Methods
  • Art Business on Site

Semester 1

  • Structure of the International Art Market
  • Comparative Art Markets
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Art Law
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Art Business On-Site

Summer

  • Exhibition Making & Management

Semester 3

  • Ideas of Contemporary Art
  • Survey of Contemporary Art
  • Art Business on Site
  • Master’s Project Seminar


ART BUSINESS ON SITE

As an ever-evolving part of the cultural landscape, the art world has to be experienced to be understood, let alone mastered. Field study, which is called “Art Business on Site” on the LA campus, is a key component of the Art Business curriculum and offers students opportunities to gain familiarity with other global centers and access to professionals and practitioners outside of Los Angeles. Sites visited have included Hong Kong, Beijing, Mexico City, and Las Vegas.

THE MASTER’S PROJECT

Every student in the LA program must pursue a Master’s Project (MP) in their third semester of study. This is a project of the student’s own design, and is often one directly related to the career path the student intends to follow upon graduation. Beginning with workshops in their second semester, students generate ideas for businesses, products, research, exhibitions, or similar pursuits, which are then refined into proposals for the MP itself. From the project description to its scope, schedule for completion, and final format, the student determines the shape and nature of the MP. In the third semester, students take part in the Master’s Project Seminar, where they regularly share and critique one anothers’ projects as they move towards completion. At the end of the third semester, every student submits their final deliverable (e.g. business plan, analytics report, product design, exhibition proposal, etc.) and gives an oral presentation of their MP to a panel of invited faculty and art-world professionals. The MP is the final piece of academic work for which every Art Business student is responsible, but it is also helpful to think of it as the first piece of professional work in each student’s future art-world career.


Contact Us

We invite you to learn more about this innovative programme by contacting Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions, by email at admissions@sothebysinstitute.com or by phone at +1.212.517.2834. We also welcome your visit for an informational interview on the Claremont Graduate University campus or at Sotheby’s Institute in New York or London.

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