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About the Program

With the needs of working professionals in mind, Sotheby’s Institute of Art–New York is now offering the full MA in Art Business program in an evening and weekend schedule. Students complete the program in one year, attending classes two evenings each week, plus one weekend a month and 1-week intensives in August and January.

The MA in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art–New York prepares students for a variety of careers in both the commercial and the non-profit sectors of the art world. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study with faculty and curriculum that keep pace with the rapidly-evolving global art market.

The core curriculum provides a thorough preparation in art law, valuation, marketing, and finance. The program is unique in offering a variety of electives, allowing students to build a program that meets their professional and academic goals. Discussion-based seminars explore aspects of art markets, auction houses, gallery and museum management, collection building, art advisory, and curating.

About Our MA Students

MA Art Business students bring a wealth of complementary backgrounds to the program, with students of art and art history, lawyers and entrepreneurs combining their expertise to develop innovative group projects and, after graduation, new art business ventures.

Our Curriculum

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MA Art Business (Evenings & Weekends) Meet Jenny Gibbs, Director of MA Art Business,
Sotheby's Institute of Art-New York
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  • Curriculum


    ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020


    • 1.0 Navigating the Art World 1 (1 weekend / August)

    • 3.0 The Auction Business (5 consecutive days / August)

    • 3.0 Introduction to Art Valuation (5 consecutive days / January)

    • 3.0 Principles of Business 1: Finance & Accounting (Monday evenings / 15 weeks)

    • 3.0 Art Law I: The Legal Life Cycle of Art from the Studio to the Market (Wednesday evenings / 15 weeks)

    • 1.0 Field Study: New York (1 weekend)


    • 3.0 Principles of Business II: Strategy & Marketing (Monday evenings / 15 weeks)

    • 3.0 Art Law II: Ethics & Policy in the Art Professions (Wednesday evenings / 15 weeks)

    • 3.0 Elective* (1 weekend a month / 3 months)

    • 3.0 Methods of Research (Hybrid/Online / 15 weeks)

    • 1.0 Field Study: New York (1 weekend)


    • 3.0 Gallery Business or Operations & Logistics (5 consecutive days / August)

    • 6.0 Capstone (4 advising sessions)


    *Sotheby's Institute of Art-New York allows students to customize their curriculum by working with academic advisors to select electives from any MA program and to make course substitutions where appropriate.

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  • Field Trips And Study Visits

    Field Trips And Study Visits

    First-hand encounters with art works, exhibition spaces, and the people who run them are an integral part of the learning experience and key to this program. New York is a major center for art collections and art institutions alike, and faculty-led visits to museums and galleries are fundamental to the framework of the Institute. As the host to The Armory Show, Frieze, the Winter Antiques Show, and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)-NY, New York provides many opportunities for students to meet art market professionals from around the world.

    The program also includes two field study trips during which students will immerse themselves in the local art community. As a culmination of the field study course, the trip contextualizes the art market as well as art historical and art object information through daily visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artist studios, and more. Students are expected to be active participants and to discuss ideas with local art world professional to which students are given access during the trips. Trip locations vary per year to include timely and relevant exhibitions, fairs and other art world events. Past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Beijing, Venice Biennale, Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennial, and SP Arte in São Paulo.

    Site visits in and near New York have included:

    • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    • Museum of Modern Art

    • Guggenheim Museum

    • Whitney Museum of American Art

    • Queens Museum of Art

    • Bronx Museum of the Arts

    • El Museo del Barrio

    • New-York Historical Society

    • Museum of Art and Design

    • Brooklyn Museum

    • Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

    • Storm King Art Center

    • Dia:Beacon

    • Armory Show

    • Frieze

    • Galleries in Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Brooklyn

    • Mana Contemporary

  • Access To Top Art Research Centers

    Access To Top Art Research Centers

    In addition to research and study at the New York campus library, Sotheby's Institute of Art students have access to some of the top art research centers in the United States. These include the Museum of Modern Art Library, which houses a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art, and the Frick Art Reference Library, with collections that relate chiefly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. For the full list of the program's New York City area resources click here.
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