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Art Business + Social Responsibility + Finance and Innovation

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Art Business + Social Responsibility + Finance and Innovation

This course combination creates a semester-length program of full-time study (4 days / week), tailored to individuals looking for a solid grounding in the business practices of the art world today and the trends that will set the pace of successful business practices of the future.

The Art Business course runs throughout the full 12-weeks and serves as the foundation for this semester-length program. In the course, participants will examine established art markets in the developed world and emerging art markets in the developing world, together with legal and management issues related to global art business practice. Designed to encourage the kind of entrepreneurial thinking on which the art world thrives, the course culminates in a final project in which participants develop a new art business and pitch it to investors.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the Art and Social Responsibility course focuses on the responsibility that the art world holds for both social movements and environmental issues. It introduces course participants to professional ‘best practice’ whilst opening up questions around the prospects and limitations faced by the art world as an ecosystem in its own right. This course runs concurrently to the Art Business course during the first 6-weeks of the program.

The Art Finance and Innovation course covers topics and debates on issues such as art as an alternative investment, art investment funds, using art as collateral for loans and art in traditional wealth management, fractional art ownership, and how the rapidly developing market of NFTs and cryptocurrency are impacting an ever-evolving art world. These sessions offer course participants access to the most recent developments in the market for art finance and investment. This course runs concurrently to the Art Business course during the second 6-weeks of the program.


Art Business (12 weeks)
February 21 – May 10, 2023
Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Art and Social Responsibility (first 6 weeks)
February 23 – March 31, 2023
Thursdays and Fridays

Art Finance and Innovation (second 6 weeks)
April 6 – May 12, 2023
Thursdays and Fridays

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  • Date
    February 21, 2023 – May 12, 2023
  • Time
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m. GMT, Tuesday – Friday
  • Duration
    12 Weeks
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  • Topics
    • Art Business,
    • Specializations & Skills
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  • Daily lectures from leading industry professionals

  • An extensive range of site visits across London

  • Develop a new art business and pitch it to investors

  • Learn from 3 leading faculty and practitioners at Sotheby's Institute


Jeffrey Boloten

Art and Business Program Leader, London

Jeffrey Boloten is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd., the education partner of art market research firm, ArtTactic. He was a director with several leading international publishers, including Penguin Books, and has held posts at the Tate and as General Manager of a London art college. Boloten is a frequent speaker and lecturer at international art fairs and conferences on topics including the global art, photography, and art investment markets. He is a Founding Member of PAIAM, Professional Advisors to the International Art Market, and is on the Advisory Board of the Photo Shanghai Art Fair.

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Amy Mechowski

Course Leader: Curating, Museums, and Galleries

Originally from Chicago, Amy holds a PhD in the History of Art from University College London on the construction of the self in fin-de-siècle photography. Since 2007 she has been an Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, she has undertaken a very wide range of curatorial activities, working on major exhibition projects, with special responsibility for the sculpture collection and expertise on wax objects.

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Anders Petterson

Consultant Lecturer, London

Anders Petterson has a CEMS in Management from the London School of Economics and Hochschule St.Gallen, Switzerland. He worked for JP Morgan Investment bank from 1995-1999 in London, New York and Frankfurt, where he was responsible for capital market products and coverage in the Nordic region.

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  • Course Combinations

    Course Combinations

    To enroll for this course combination, registrants will need to individually select Art Business, Art and Social Responsibility, and Art Finance and Innovation on the registration form. The discounted pricing for this course combination will automatically be applied to the tuition balance during checkout.

  • Requirements


    English Language Requirement
    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.

    Age Requirement
    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Auction and art market history
    • Galleries, art fairs & the global art market
    • The rise of the contemporary art market
    • The emerging global markets: India, Asia, Middle East
    • The individual roles within the art marketThe public Sector and the art market
    • Activism and art for social change
    • Environmental impact of the art world
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Community engagement, outreach, and collaboration
    • Socially responsible business practices and innovative models and start-ups
    • Ethics; theoretical approaches and professional practices
    • Art investment funds
    • Art exchanges and Fractional ownership
    • Art as an asset class and alternative investments
    • Art lending industry
    • Art and wealth management
    • Art market research: tools and methodologies
    • Art Finance enterprise innovations
    • Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and NFT’s
  • Assessment


    Art Business is assessed via a presentation on emerging markets, and an entrepreneurial group business presentation.

    Art and Social Responsibility and Art Finance and Innovation are assessed via an oral presentation and a practical written brief.

  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world, to be sufficiently prepared for a wide-ranging career within the art industry. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 alumni around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.