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About the Program

The global art market is the circulatory system of the art world. Business transactions are the lifeblood of the system, moving art from the studio to the gallery, the auction room, the collector’s home, and the museum. Along the way, artists, dealers, art advisors, curators, art handlers, insurers, and auction house experts engage in a complicated dance to build and sustain the value of the work and the careers and interests of all parties.

The MA in Art Business prepares you to succeed in this sophisticated ecosystem. Courses in art law, valuation, and business lay the foundation upon which you build a specialized program that suits your needs. The program is unique in offering you an unprecedented array of electives exploring all aspects of art business, connoisseurship, and curation. Students work closely with their academic advisor to design a course of study in which more than half of your program is tailored to help you achieve your career goals.

The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. New York is our classroom — the center of the international art world — with hundreds of galleries, museums and art fairs, plus field study travel to Miami for Art Basel or to Venice for the Biennale in alternating years. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and is in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market.

About Our 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. What brings them together is a desire to learn about the intersection of art and its markets and the economics of art in the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers and are forming the next generation of leaders in the international art world.

Our Curriculum

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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 in its debut year The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)-NY, New York provides many opportunities for students to meet gallerists 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 art market, 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 art world events. Past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Beijing, Venice Biennial, Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennial, and SP Arte in São Paulo.

    Sample site visits in and near New York:

    • 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 Unites 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 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 New York City area resources click here.
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