To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned a Bachelor's degree with a Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) - or equivalent - from an accredited institution by the date on which they enrol at the Institute.
Please be advised that a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is a mandatory requirement, work experience cannot be accepted in lieu of this qualification.
International applicants who are unsure whether their overall mark is equivalent to a Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) are encouraged to contact the Admissions office before applying.
Applicants should demonstrate the following skills:
All prospective students must apply using the online application. A complete application includes:
GRE test scores are not required, but are accepted. The GRE code for Sotheby’s Institute of Art is 4161.
Problems with Certificates, English Language Tests, or Other Documents Related to Your Offer
If you have further questions or concerns about meeting the English language entry requirements please email the Admissions team for specific guidance.
Note: Fees are subject to annual review
Semester 1: £13,000 (includes deposit of £3,000.00) plus travel fee (see below for travel fee by programme)
Semester 2: £12,500
Semester 3: £6,100
Semester 1: £16,000 (includes deposit of £3,000) plus travel fee (see below for travel fee by programme)
Semester 2: £15,500
Semester 3: £7,690
*Circumstances that may entitle you to a “home” fee status include:
Travel fees are mandatory. They cover all mandatory study trips outside of London, including transportation from the departure hub (airport or train station) to the destination, and all transportation, entry tickets and 3 or 4 star accommodation at the destination during the trip. Where the accommodation includes breakfast, this is covered by the fee. Otherwise all expenses for meals and other costs are the responsibility of the student.
Students pursuing a two-semester Postgraduate Diploma do not incur Semester 3 tuition.
A non-refundable deposit of £3,000 upon acceptance is required to secure your place on all programs.
Sotheby's Institute of Art tuition and fees are updated annually based on the curriculum and field study destinations. Course work is completed in semesters 1 and 2. For students pursuing a Master’s degree, a dissertation or practice-based dissertation is undertaken in the third semester.
The Institute permits deferrals over one academic year only. To secure the place in the following year, a second non-refundable ‘deferral fee’ payment of £2,250 will be due to the Institute. Any scholarship awarded will not be transferred. Deferrals are approved at the discretion of the Institute.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers partial-tuition scholarships to qualified domestic and international candidates. The scholarship award acts as a partial fee waiver and is evenly divided and applied to semester one and two tuition.
Applicants who are on track to achieve (or completed undergraduate study with) a First-Class degree (or equivalent) will be eligible for a partial-tuition merit-based award and will automatically be considered. Awards are not guaranteed, and the decision will be based on the program application materials submitted and faculty assessment. Award decisions will be communicated at the point of an offer being made.
Students seeking a partial-tuition scholarship based on financial need will be asked to submit evidence of a household income of £27,500 or below following submission of their application. Award decisions will be communicated at the point of an offer being made.
Applicants must have applied to the program on or before March 1, 2023
Join a diverse network of future leaders and study with us on a fully funded Chevening Scholarship, the UK government's scholarships program for international students studying master's degrees.
To apply for this scholarship you must have:
For more information about Chevening, please visit chevening.org. The process of selecting Chevening Scholars takes a minimum of eight months from the application deadline to when applicants are conditionally selected for an award.
How to apply: You'll need to apply for both a full time SIA master's degree and a Chevening Scholarship. We recommend applying for your chosen SIA program before or at the same time as applying for a Chevening Scholarship. The Chevening Scholarship application form closes on November 1, 2022.
Our admissions team will follow up with you within 10 working days about any outstanding documentation or required information. Applicants whose documentation is complete will receive an invitation to attend an academic interview by email to the address used in the application. Applicants may be required to attend an interview with a member of the Admissions team before being progressed to academic interview.
If you receive an offer, a non-refundable deposit of £3,000 is required within 14 days to secure your place.
Fall 2023 Entry
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The section is for applicants to the London campus who require a student visa to study in the United Kingdom. The Student Route Visa is the appropriate immigration permission for full time study. The Student Route applies to EU/EEA nationals who do not have settlement rights under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Please note the Home Office change immigration rules and requirements regularly. Whilst we aim to ensure that the information contained in these pages is kept up to date there may be times when this is not the case. Please do not rely on these pages alone. Check the Home Office for all the latest immigration updates and information. For information and guidance about how to apply for a student visa click here.
Where there are delays in obtaining your UK student visa, we will assess your situation on a case-by-case basis, to determine whether you are still able to join the program.
Contact Visa Compliance at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss visa requirements.
Some of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions section of our website. If you do not see your question, we are happy to help. All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office to schedule a one-on-one information session to learn more about the program, the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.
+44 (0)20 7462 3232
Please note: Materials should not be mailed to the Institute unless specifically requested by the Admissions Office. Transcripts and other supplemental application materials should be emailed to your Admissions team.