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Art speaks a language of color, shape, setting, scale and, most importantly, ideas. At Sotheby’s Institute, we teach this language so that when we encounter new ideas and perspectives, they do not escape us.

Designed for teens with a strong interest in visual art, art history, art business, design and luxury, our Pre-College Summer Program invites students to spend two weeks immersed in the world’s most vibrant arts and culture capital: New York City.

Our program allows students to explore different facets of the New York art scene from commercial galleries and world class museums and cultural institutions to street art, performance art, public art installations, and more. Along the way, students will meet and learn from artists, curators, gallery owners and auctioneers and emerge with an understanding of art objects, art concepts, and how the art world works from the inside out.

The Details
  • How To Apply

    How To Apply

    High School students in rising 9th - 12th grades are invited to apply starting in December 2018. Sign up below to receive program updates and be the first to hear when our application launches.

    You can also contact our Admissions Office at and +1 646-438-7269.
  • Course List

    Course List

    • Every Art Museum in New York City

    • The Business Side of Art

    • New York City as Art Capital

    • Art History 101: The Art History Course Everyone Needs

    • Contemporary Art 101: The Significant Artists of Today

    • The Global Contemporary Art World: From Amsterdam to Zimbabwae

    • Video Games & Video Art: The Artistry of New Media

    • Worth 1,000 Words: Researching and Writing About Art

    • The New York Skyline: Architecture of the City

    • Stolen, Forged, and Looted: Introduction to Art Crimes

    • The Role of Museums Today

    • Art, Luxury and Fashion

    • The Art of Film, Performance, and Stage

    Courses and course titles are subject to change.

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