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Sotheby's Summer Institute in London

The Summer Institute in London offers short and intensive courses in art business, art history, art finance, contemporary art, curating, collecting, and decorative art and design – all created to share expertise and provide a deeper understanding of the art world. The program is tailored to meet the needs of undergraduates, career changers, study abroad participants, and art professionals seeking to acquire specific knowledge and skills, as well as those interested in learning more about art and cultural history.

You can choose from 3-day, 1-, 2-, or 4-week summer courses, and take a customized combination of courses that fit your interests and needs.  Four-week courses are validated by The University of Manchester. Students completing one full-time 4-week course are awarded 20 University of Manchester undergraduate credits.

Download the Sotheby’s Summer Institute catalog.

Courses include:

  • Lectures and seminars with Sotheby’s Institute of Art faculty, international art world experts, and leading art practitioners.
  • Visits to London’s major collections, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists’ studios, and royal palaces.


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Courses are open for registration on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to enroll soon as certain courses are close to capacity or at a waitlist.

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