Academic transcripts/mark sheets from all undergraduate and post-secondary academic institutions attended. An official copy of the transcript, indicating that the degree has been awarded, must be sent directly from the student’s institution to Sotheby’s Institute in a sealed envelope.
- Unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient for the application process and for issuing decisions. The documents must be in English. 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 States grading scale. For more information, please visit the World Education Services website: wes.org
Two letters of reference should be sent directly from academic or professional references by mail to:
Sotheby's Institute of Art
570 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10022 USA
or emailed to applicationsNY@sia.edu from the referee’s professional email address. The required Reference Forms can be downloaded here. For those candidates applying directly from their undergraduate studies, two academic references are preferred. For those candidates with work experience, at least one reference should be professional.
Personal statement (max 1000 words). 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 helps the Admission Committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, creates a theme, communicates, and defends a position. Please submit one of the following:
- A graded paper of no fewer than 1,000 words from an art history or art-related course completed within the last three years. Include citations as originally submitted.
- A 1,000-word original essay written for an art publication or website. If you do not have published work, your essay could be a mock review of a current art exhibition that you have experienced directly and should address some or all of these components: analysis of the works of art, information on the artist and his/her career, commentary on the installation of the exhibition, profile of host gallery or museum. Remember that your editor has asked for 1000 words: if you send him/her fewer than 900 or over 1,100 words, it will not be accepted. Footnotes are required for any citations.
An up-to-date CV or resume that includes all relevant background and experience.
An English language proficiency exam is required for non-native English speakers. A minimum score of IELTS level 7 or TOEFL 100 IBT will be considered. If your undergraduate coursework was conducted in English or if you have extensive English-speaking professional experience, it may be possible to waive the English language proficiency exam, upon review of your application. Please note TOEFL and IELTS scores expire two years after the test date.
An interview is an opportunity for candidates to discuss their application. It is a dialogue to explore a candidate’s interests, abilities, and how the Institute can help meet the candidate’s educational and career goals. Interviews may be conducted by members of the admissions staff, a member of faculty, or the director of the applicant’s program of choice. Interviews generally include a discussion of art historical or art-related subjects. In-person interviews conducted on the Institute’s New York campus are preferable. Exceptions can be made — interviews may be held at the Institute’s London or Los Angeles campuses or via Skype — if necessary.
A non-refundable application fee of $100 (USD)