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Since its founding by Sotheby’s Auction House in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute-London has pioneered the education of arts professionals.

Now accepting applications for Master's programs starting Fall 2020. Qualified candidates who apply before January 15, 2020 will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships. Apply Now.

Our Curriculum

Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London programs are enhanced by a shared core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, which provides a powerful set of professional skills and critical understandings for our students to mobilize at the completion of their degrees. This special part of the curriculum brings students from all areas of study together for a common introduction to current issues in the art world – its structures and organizations – as well as its essential skills and protocols.

Our London campus is based in historic Bedford Square, right in the cosmopolitan city center.  Site visits, case studies, workshops, and privileged access to premier art institutions with leading experts, in and outside of London, provide students with further information and context, as well as real-world examples and experiences.

Access a copy of the 2019-20 London Master's degree curriculum and course descriptions.

Flexible Electives

The flexible structure within each Master’s program allows students to explore a wide range of subjects and customize their own specializations by choosing two elective units from across the Institute’s offerings.

Work Experience

Through our Work Placement elective, students will have an opportunity to undertake a period of work experience as part of their Master’s Degree. This enables them to gain valuable experience in an art world sector of their choice.

Partnership with The University of Manchester

Sotheby’s Institute in London is an affiliated institution of The University of Manchester, the first and most eminent of the English civic universities and part of the esteemed Russell Group. The Russell Group is comprised of leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. All postgraduate, semester and four-week summer programs in London are validated by The University of Manchester.


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