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Sotheby's Institute of Art - Los Angeles

Sotheby’s Institute of Art in Los Angeles is partnered with Claremont Graduate University, and draws upon faculty and curriculum from the Getty Leadership Institute and the University’s School of Arts and Humanities. Students are offered a rigorous education in the creation, management, and leadership of arts organizations and initiatives, while also enjoying unparalleled access to LA’s dynamic cultural institutions and arts professionals.

Internationally celebrated as a global hub for media, music, and entertainment, LA has emerged as an important center of contemporary visual and performing art as well. There is increasing demand in the region for astute, highly-trained and versatile creatives who are able to meet the challenges of an increasingly global and digital economy that is reshaping the way the arts are created, shared, promoted and consumed.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art in Los Angeles offers Master's Degrees in Art Business and Arts Management. Choosing between both programs depends on a student’s career aspirations and educational interests.

Art Business focuses on the visual arts with an emphasis on the commercial infrastructure of market players involved in exhibiting, promoting and selling works of art. Art Business students typically pursue careers as gallerists, auction specialists, advisors, and curators, as well as positions with art fairs, appraisal firms, art magazines, public relations firms, museums, and public and performing arts organizations.

Arts Management focuses on the visual and performing arts in mission-driven organizations. Arts Management graduates typically pursue careers in nonprofit management, social enterprise, program development, curation and presenting, policy and public service, philanthropy and fundraising, marketing and communications, arts education, and research.

Sotheby's Institute offers two interfield MA programs that marry the core curriculum of the Institute degrees with core courses from Claremont Graduate University. Art Business + Information Systems & Technology is designed for students with an interest in the application of computer and data science to the arts and cultural fields. Art Business + Fine Art is designed for a new generation artists looking to build the entrepreneurial acumen needed to develop a sustainable creative practice and professional life in the arts.

All programs are headquartered on the beautiful Claremont campus, but a number of its classes are held in downtown Los Angeles, a newly vibrant center for this artistic capital.

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