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Master's Programs in London

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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. The Institute currently offers five Master’s Programs all validated by The University of Manchester, part of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities.

Navigating the Art World

All Master’s programs at Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London are enhanced by a shared core curriculumNavigating the Art World, that provides a powerful set of professional skills and critical understandings for our students to mobilize at the completion of their degrees.

Navigating the Art World 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. Site visits, lectures and panels, case studies and workshops provide students with both new information and context, as well as real-world examples and experiences. Navigating the Art World is followed by two core units unique to each program in which students explore their MA subjects in depth.

Flexible Electives

The flexible structure within each  Master’s program allows students to explore a wide range of subjects and customize their own specialisms by choosing two elective units from across the Institute’s offerings. Students may also choose to develop concentrations by choosing two elective units in the areas of Contemporary Design, Photography, East Asian Art and Curating. They also have the opportunity to apply for an assessed work-based elective which involves work experience in a London art organisation. Students then complete their Master’s study with a dissertation or practice-based dissertation, the content of which is decided by students in consultation with faculty.

Gain 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.

Postgraduate Diploma Option

A two-semester Postgraduate Diploma is available to students who complete the required coursework for an MA Degree program but who do not wish to write a Master's Degree Dissertation.

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The Quality of an MA degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art—London

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.

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.  In its report the QAA notes that its review team spoke to employers who were “very clear that the quality of Sotheby’s students is exceptional and that the curriculum ensures that graduates are fully prepared for employment”. The team also confirmed that “the Institute provides job-seeking skills and extensive career preparation through the highly sophisticated combination of its lecturers’ expertise, program design and extensive alumni and art world networks.”

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. Learn more about our Tier 4 Sponsor status awarded by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.

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