Close Request Information
Back to Semester Programs


This intensive Semester program is designed for those who are interested in learning about both: art history and the business side of the art world.

Through lectures, seminars, and visits to specialist museums, collections, and key commercial galleries, students are introduced to the history of art and design, and the ways in which art has been made, sold, and collected. In the Fall semester, students focus on modern and contemporary art; in the Spring semester, students can choose between modern and contemporary art or art from 1600 to 1900.  Through the art business component of the program, students will examine established art markets in the developed world as well as emerging art markets in the developing world. Students will also learn about legal and management issues related to the global art business practice, with a particular emphasis on the international auction house system.

The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the art world or for further study on one of our postgraduate programs.  Students will learn practical skills and gain knowledge in:

  • Accessing and analyzing art market data
  • Assessing market value for art works across key sectors
  • Contemporary management models for commercial and non-commercial practices
  • Branding and marketing issues
  • Essential professional roles in the art market (e.g. art advisor, curator, gallerist, collector, journalist, art fund manager)
  • Innovative new art business models, including online initiatives

The program requires no prior knowledge of the field. Download the Semester Booklet.

The Details
  • Prospectus


    Click here for your copy of the Semester prospectus.
    Semester programs are validated by The University of Manchester, a Russell Group university. Students completing one full-time, 15-week Semester program are awarded 60 University of Manchester undergraduate credits. All semester programs are composed of two units. For students who need additional flexibility or wish to study part time, speak with an admissions officer to discuss how the two units may be taken individually.
  • Structure, Teaching Methods And Assignments

    Structure, Teaching Methods And Assignments

    Spring 2020: January 20, 2020 – May 1, 2020
    Fall 2020: September 7, 2020 – December 16, 2020
  • Faculty


    Jeffrey Boloten – Course Leader
    Lucy Bayley
    Rachel Barnes
    Angus Haldane
    Henry Lydiate
    Anna Moszynska
    Anders Petterson
    Helena Pickup

    Visiting lecturers have included:
    Alia Al Senussi – Curator, art advisor and patron.
    Louisa BuckArt critic, author and contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper.
    Kirsten Dunne  Senior Cultural Policy Officer, Mayor of London’s Office.
    Melanie Gerlis ꟷ Columnist & contributor, Financial Times and Editor at large, The Art Newspaper.
    David Isaac – Dealer in antiquarian prints.
    Ruth Knowles – Director of Global Marketing and Business Development, The Art Fund Group Ltd.
    Ezra Konvitz – Co-founder of the art-based social media site ArtStack.
    Ed Leeson – Creative artist and educator, experienced in visual and performance art.
    Sylvain Levy – Co-founder of the major Paris-based Chinese contemporary art collection DSL.
    Brendan Mitchell – Head of Sotheby's Bids Department.
    Julie Molloy – Managing Director- National Gallery Company (London).
    Dr Catherine Morel – Associate Professor, Audencia Nantes School of Management.
    Laura Noble – Gallerist and author of The Art of Collecting Photography.
    Eugenio Re Rebaudengo – Founder of the online art platform Artuner.
    Freya Simms – Managing Director of Golden Squared Consulting.
    Virginie Puertolas-Syn – Founder of the ART SYN (art advisory).
    Damian Tillson – Director of Sotheby’s wine department.
    Bernadine Brocker Wieder ꟷ Ceo/Co-Founder Vastari Group Ltd.
  • Admissions Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    Semester students come from a range of educational and professional backgrounds, from current students visiting from other institutions to career professionals looking to develop new areas of knowledge. As such, each application is assessed on an individual basis, and takes into account a variety of factors. For non-native English speakers, a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL score of 78 IBT is required. No prior art history or subject-matter knowledge is required.
    Click here to apply.
  • Program Fees

    Program Fees

    Fall 2020:
    Full-time: £9,400
    Part-time: £4,800
    Click here to read Terms and Conditions.
    Click here to apply.
  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    "Sotheby’s Institute prepared me for the role that I cover today and gave me the necessary tools to progress in my career."
    —Giorgia Parodi Brown (Student)
    Hear from previous students about their experience with the course.
    For further information, please contact: or Request Information
    T +44 (0)20 7462 3221

Have a Question?

Provide your contact information and we’ll send you more information about our courses.

Continue Exploring

About London Student Stories Study Abroad Program Semester Booklet Request Information