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London: the city where tradition meets avant-garde

A buzzing center for both classic and edgy museums, major galleries, private collections, internationally renowned artists, and birthplace to Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the world’s two most important auction houses.

Settled in the heart of Bloomsbury, Sotheby’s Institute-London is part of Bedford Square, one of the best-preserved Georgian squares in London. A private central garden lies at the heart of the square, and is accessible to Institute students through a private key. 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.

Live and learn in London

An international taste-maker, London creates an ideal environment for living and learning within a vibrant community of art professionals. In addition to their studies, Institute students experience full immersion in the London art scene through visits to museums, art fairs, galleries, private collections, and artist studios, led by the Institute’s network of art professionals in London and beyond. Sotheby’s auction house also provides students with privileged access to pre-sale viewings, private events, and handling sessions.

Our approach to the study of art and its markets ensures that students receive privileged access and behind-the-scenes insights on how objects are made, handled, collected, curated, displayed, bought, and sold. Internships and an accredited work placement are available to compliment this unique, participatory experience.

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, Art Logistics, 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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