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This programme is an immersive introduction to the fast-changing global industry of luxury goods and services, designed for students considering careers in this field. In recent years there has been a blurring of the boundaries between the worlds of fine art consumption and luxury more generally, as high end consumers become as interested in art as in watches, wine, cars, yachts, jewellery, high fashion, property and luxury lifestyles. Art fairs and auction houses are beginning to traverse these lines, while leading fashion brands engage with contemporary art. This course examines these innovative intersections.

London is a major centre for luxury. The course explores luxury venues through central London site visits, and students will be introduced to industry insiders from a wide variety of luxury sectors in order to understand the industry and its workings.

The teaching draws on Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s wide network in the art and luxury sectors and emphasizes the acquisition of concepts and knowledge alongside hands-on, practical skills.

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.
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

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


    Dr Federica Carlotto; Course Leader, The Art of Luxury, London
  • 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.
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  • Program Fees

    Program Fees

    Fall 2020:
    Full-time: £8,800
    Part-time: £4,500
    Trip abroad: £1,040
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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    Hear from previous students about their experience with the course.
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