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Sotheby's Institute of Art - London

Found in the heart of Bloomsbury, the London campus is at the center of one of the world’s most important art capitals. The Institute is situated in Bedford Square, built between 1775 and 1783, one of the best-preserved Georgian squares in London with a private central garden. The London Institute is part of the “larger academy” of Bedford Square, located next door to premier educational institutions such as the Architectural Association and the Paul Mellon Centre, with the University of London and the British Museum in the neighboring square. Sotheby’s auction house, The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Royal Academy Of Arts‎ are a few minutes’ walk away. The Institute is also close to Mayfair, the traditional center of the London art market, where many dealers and galleries are located.

London is a city of traditional and contemporary art museums, private collections, and international galleries, with a wide array of cultural events and a vibrant world-renowned art scene. Sotheby’s auction house was founded in the city in 1744 and its London offices are now part of a global network encompassing Europe, Asia, and America. The auction house provides Sotheby’s Institute students with privileged access to pre-sale viewings, talks by experts, and handling sessions; the Institute’s relationships with leading galleries, artists' studios, and top museums provide hands-on knowledge that prepares students for a variety of careers in the art world.

Sotheby’s Institute London offers a range of programs that uniquely integrate art historical scholarship and market expertise, from Master’s degrees (validated by The University of Manchester) to 15-week intensive courses and Short Courses. Through many paths of study, our students gain the knowledge and credentials needed for success in today’s worldwide art markets and cultural institutions.

Furthermore, the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) confirmed that Sotheby’s Institute in London’s higher education provision meets UK expectations following a rigorous process of review in February 2016. Our reputation for delivering excellent standards of education and our high level of student success means that we have many years of experience in sponsoring and welcoming students from around the world.

Programs of Study

Master's Degrees

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Master's Degrees

Master's Degrees

Master's degree programs emphasize hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom, bringing students into direct contact with works of art through study trips to galleries, museums, auction houses, and private collections in London and across Europe.

In London, we offer four Master's Degree programs in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Art and Design, and Modern and Contemporary Asian Art.

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Semester Study

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Semester Study

Semester Study

Sotheby’s Institute of Art—London offers a number of full-time fifteen-week programs, some of which can also be taken on a part-time basis. Different subjects are offered in the autumn and spring semesters, but each combines academic study with an insight into the professional art world and takes full advantage of the rich cultural resources that London offers.

Designed for students who have a strong vocational or professional interest in a specific subject, these programs can also provide the necessary foundation for students who lack an art history background and are applying to the MA programs at the Institute

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Summer Institute

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Summer Institute

Summer Institute

The Summer Institute offers intensive courses in areas of art business, art history and finance. The program is designed for undergraduates, career changers, study abroad participants and those interested in art and cultural history.

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Short Courses

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Short Courses

Short Courses

Short Courses at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London are offered throughout the year to provide unparalleled opportunities for participants to gain practical skills and insight into the international art world.

Each course is designed to address the specific needs and interests of its participants. Led by faculty from Sotheby's Institute of Art and enhanced by lectures from international experts and practitioners in the field, Short Courses offer an innovative, object-based learning experience and on-going networking opportunities.

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