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About the Program

The Fine and Decorative Art and Design curriculum is based on a simple belief: the fundamental currency of the art world is objects. The program prepares students for careers in the art world, focusing not only on the history of art in America, Europe and Asia but also on the connoisseurship, valuation and curation skills necessary to study and evaluate objects and engage directly with the marketplace; it examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period. Internships at prestigious art and design fairs, travel and study trips form an essential part of the experience, providing a deeper understanding of global differences and expanding students’ professional networks.

About Our MA Students

Students in the program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects. Whether in sales, art history, cultural institution management, or the museum world, graduates have the ability to think critically and actively seek ways to foster connections to art through interpretation. Alumni of the program now hold significant positions in galleries, auction houses, art and valuation consultancies, and museums.

Our Curriculum

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MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design Meet Ann-Marie Richard, Director of MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York
The Details
  • Curriculum


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

    Note: Course offerings subject to change
  • Faculty


    Ann-Marie Richard, Program Director
    Ann Bell

    Elizabeth Pergam
  • Course Fees & Application

    Course Fees & Application

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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 numerous fairs namely The Armory Show, Frieze, The Salon of Art & Design, Collective Design, the Winter Antiques Show, and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)-NY, New York provides many opportunities for students to meet curators, gallerists and art professionals from around the world.

    The program also includes field study trips during which students immerse themselves in the the study of art, objects, and architecture. These trips help to further contextualize art markets and expand the lessons learned in the classroom by placing students directly in front of objects they have studied so they can understand the many factors—conception, lighting, framing, labeling, and hanging—that impact their successful presentation and interpretation. Students—through visits to museums, galleries, and private collections—are expected to be active participants and to discuss ideas with art world professional to which they have access during the trips. Locations vary by year and past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach; Newport, Boston, and Salem; The Netherlands, London and Paris.
  • 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 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
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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

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    Anupama Chakravartti, Associate Director of Admissions
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