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Master's Programs in New York

Now accepting applications for Master's programs starting Fall 2020. Qualified candidates who apply before January 15, 2020 will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships. Apply Now.

Founded by Sotheby’s Auction House in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute of Art is the first and foremost graduate school for the study of art and its markets. Our programs offer an important combination of art history, connoisseurship, and business training to prepare you for an enriching career in a competitive art market. The Institute has more than 8,000 alumni worldwide who hold top positions in all facets of the international art market.

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Graduate Certificate Option

A two-semester Graduate Certificate is available to students who complete the required coursework for an MA Degree program but who do not wish to complete a Master’s Project or Thesis.

Our Curriculum

Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York offers three distinct Master’s Degrees in Art Business, Contemporary Art, and Fine and Decorative Arts and Design. Our faculty of distinguished scholars and art professionals provide intensive training in specific subject areas of art history, connoisseurship, and art markets. In addition, courses and field study give students in-depth, insider access to the industry.

New York City is one of the largest art capitals in the world, making possible privileged access to pre-sale auction viewings, seminars with world-class experts and handling sessions in which important objects are examined in detail. Field Study takes students to the homes of legendary private collectors, artists’ studios, international art fairs, biennials and triennials, and the world’s finest museums.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York holds degree-granting authority from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Access a copy of the 2019-20 New York Master's Degree Curriculum and course descriptions.

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