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Now accepting applications for January 2021. 



All programs will be delivered online in January and February 2021 with in-person studies commencing in March 2021, as public health advice allows.

We are following the latest guidance issued by the Office for Students (OfS) in relation to university admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will endeavor to be as flexible as possible in our admissions approach to ensure that your best interests and wellbeing are safeguarded while maintaining that our high quality teaching standards are upheld. We thank you for your patience and understanding in light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Admissions Eligibility Required Documentation Tuition Scholarships After You Apply Questions


To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned a bachelor's lower second-class honors (2:2) degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution by the date on which they enroll 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.

Applicants should demonstrate the following skills:

  • The ability to perform at a postgraduate level, as indicated by academic achievement and recommendations.
  • Knowledge of art history. Applicants without an art history background might receive conditional offers based on completing pre-requisite coursework.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and analytical skills. For international students, an IELTS academic score of level 7 overall, TOEFL 100 IBT, Pearsons PTE Academic 61-65. Please be advised the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is not accepted for entry into the degree programs.
  • Professional experience is not a required element of our application process, however relevant employment and/or internships enhance a student’s application.

Required Documentation

All prospective students must apply using the online application. A complete application includes:

  • Academic transcripts/mark sheets: from all undergraduate and post-secondary academic institutions attended.
    • Unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient for the application process and for issuing decisions. The documents must be in English. If your original degree certificate, academic transcript or other relevant documents are not in English you must provide an officially certified translation. The admissions department will require an official transcript once you enroll in the program.
    • Official international transcripts must be accompanied by certified course by course credential evaluations. The evaluation will convert the grades and GPA into the United Kingdom grading scale.
  • Two (2) letters of reference: References from an academic or professional contact. For those candidates with work experience, at least one reference should be professional.
  • A personal statement (1,000 words maximum): Please tell us about yourself, your reasons for your choice of program, any relevant academic or art related experience, and your future career goals.
  • A writing sample: A graded paper of no fewer than 1,000 words from an art history or art-related course or 1,000-word original essay or mock review written for an art publication or website. Footnotes are required for any citations.
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé
  • An English language proficiency exam (required for non-native English speakers): A minimum overall score of IELTS academic level 7 or TOEFL 100 IBT. Pearsons PTE Academic 61-65 will be considered. Please be advised the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is not accepted for entry into the degree program. Please note: TOEFL and IELTS scores expire two years after the test date.
  • Payment of the application fee: A nonrefundable fee of £50 (GBP) is required for the 2020 online application. Applications are not considered complete until the fee has been paid.

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

  • Submitting your certificates or documents: Please do not post any certificates or documents to our Admissions Offices. If you need to submit your academic qualifications, as part of your offer conditions please email a copy of your official results to the Admissions team at Please note the Institute reserves the right to ensure that original academic credentials are verified at appropriate stages.
  • Delays obtaining university certificates or transcripts: If you are unable to obtain your university certificates/transcripts or examinations have been cancelled in your home country please let the relevant Admissions team know about this as soon as you can.
  • English Language Tests: If your offer includes an English Language condition please take note of the following: If you have already taken an IELTS English language proficiency test, the Admissions team can verify your results online. Please email your Test Report Form Number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant Admissions team.
  • Unable to take an English Language test:
    If you haven’t taken an English language proficiency test, we know that many test centers are closed around the world and will accept the following as an alternative
    - EU/EEA Applicants: the IELTS Indicator test. This is an online test that tests your English level in the same way as IELTS Academic. You are required to achieve the same results as stated in your offer conditions. The test can be booked at at
    - Non-EU/EEA Applicants: we accept a number of additional Secure English Language tests. You are required to achieve the same results as stated in your offer conditions. We also offer an English Language test which similar to the IELTS test assesses all 4 components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You can book to take a Sotheby’s English Language test if you hold a conditional offer for study.

If you have further questions or concerns about meeting the English language requirements of your offer then email the Admissions team for specific guidance.


Tuition and Fees for Master’s Degree 2020-2021


  • Semester 1: £10,850 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,000 (other countries)
  • Semester 2: £11,350 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,500 (other countries)
  • Semester 3: £5,500 (UK/EU citizens) or £6,700 (other countries)


  • Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of £1,000 upon acceptance is required to secure your place on all programs.
  • Field study fee: Typically range from £2,350 to £4,205 according to program and destination. As the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing we are unable at this time to guarantee that field study trips will be undertaken in the spring semester.

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.


Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers partial-tuition scholarships towards full program tuition to qualified domestic and international candidates. Scholarship awards are based on need and merit. Before you can apply for a scholarship, you must first apply for and hold an offer for a Master’s degree program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The Scholarship application will require filling out a basic form, and sending in the required documentation. Merit will be assessed holistically using the program application materials submitted. Please note that Scholarship awards are not guaranteed and award decisions are final.

Scholarship Application Includes:

  • Scholarship form
  • Three months’ worth of financial statements for every bank/savings account held by the applicant and sponsor (if applicable) – These should be the most recent prior to date of application
  • Tenancy agreement or predicted rental cost for the entire academic year

Scholarship Deadlines:

  • Deadline for new applicants to apply for a scholarship is Friday, October 30, 2020.
  • If you received your offer before Friday, September 25, 2020, the deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 9, 2020.
  • If you receive your offer after Monday, September 28, 2020, the deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, October 30, 2020.

If you have any queries regarding submitting a financial aid application, please contact:

After You Apply

Our admissions team will follow up with you within 5-7 working days about any outstanding documentation or required information. Applicants whose documentation is complete will receive notification if they will be offered an interview.

If you receive an offer, a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 is required to secure your place.


The section is for applicants to the London campus who require a student visa to study in the United Kingdom. The UK’s Immigration Rules are changing for students and will go into effect at 9:00 a.m. BST on Monday, October 5, 2020. After this time, the new Student route will replace the Tier 4 (General) route. The Student route will also apply to EEA/Swiss nationals who do not have settlement rights and will arrive on or after January 1, 2021 to study for more than 6 months.

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.

Application and Service Centers in the UK

  • UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) have reopened for existing customers. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open at

For Visa Customers Outside of the UK

  • Some UK Visa Application Centers (VACs) are resuming services, where local restrictions allow. For updates to the status of VACs, contact:
    - TLS Contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
    - VFS Global for all other countries
  • Please be aware, ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. Applicants should contact their local VAC to find out the latest status. Where services are resuming, existing customers will be contacted.
  • Some English Testing Centers are also resuming services. Visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)’s website, the Pearson Test of English website or the LanguageCert website for information on tests centers that are open now and how to book an English Language Test.

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.


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.

Email us:
Call us: +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.