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Become an art insider with our four distinct Master’s degrees in the global center of art and commerce.

Today’s art market is more expansive and more geographically diverse than ever before. As wealth moves from West to East and from North to South and to newly industrialized countries, there has been a marked shift in the investment of critical and curatorial capital. The Master’s programs in London combine rigorous academic study with continuous professional development through direct exposure to artworks, artists, and art specialists working in the international art world. Each program provides students with a platform of specialized knowledge, skill, and artistic judgment for aspiring art professionals — people who wish to become active participants in the international art world and the making of creative history.

The London Institute is located in Bedford Square, 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 short walk away. The Institute’s large network of art professionals in London and beyond — at museums, private collections, galleries, and auction houses — ensures that students get behind-the-scenes access and learn first-hand how objects are made, handled, collected, curated, displayed, bought, and sold. Internships at prestigious art organizations can also form an essential part of this unique, participatory learning environment.

All Master’s degree programs at Sotheby’s Institute in London are validated by The University of Manchester, the first and foremost of the English civic universities and part of the esteemed Russell Group.

Applications for Fall 2024 are now live.

We are pleased to announce Sotheby’s Institute has successfully qualified as a 2023 Active Member with Gallery Climate Coalition. To achieve Active status we had to demonstrate that our organisation had implemented environmental sustainability best practice in line with GCC guidance.

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Regular Decision Deadline: May 1, 2024

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