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Sotheby's Institute of Art is vigilantly monitoring the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority. Check back regularly, as we will keep this page updated with information on any potential scenarios that may impact our programs and operations. You can also visit our FAQ which goes into more detail around policies and common concerns.


Updated: March 13, 2020

Having consulted widely on the current situation, Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London will be closed and all teaching will be moved online as of Wednesday 18 March. This is in line with the decision of some major UK universities in the last two days. Students will shortly be able to access the delivery of courses or units online to minimize the disruption of learning. Staff and services are preparing to transition to a remote working scenario. The enrollment office will continue to process applications and be available for any questions or consultations from prospective students.

The Bedford Square building will be accessible on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March. After that time, the Institute will be closed, in the first instance until Tuesday 31 March, when the situation will be reassessed.

We strongly believe we are taking actions to proactively decrease risk. We appreciate that much of our teaching delivery is based on classroom interactions and site visits. We will endeavor to replicate or substitute as much of the learning experience as possible, in order to facilitate timely and successful completion of courses including assignments.


In the meantime, it’s important to remember common sense guidelines for good health and safety, such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
  • Do not come to campus if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve.

Please review information about COVID-19 so that you can make informed decisions about how best to protect yourself and those in your community:

We are committed to keeping everyone at SIA safe and healthy. In our commitment to transparency and community, we will keep this space updated with information related to SIA’s actions regarding COVID-19 and how it affects our community and school policy. The SIA administration will remain in contact with local and international agencies and officials to ensure we understand how our programs might be affected and can quickly and effectively enact any recommended actions.

  • Updated: March 10, 2020

    London Campus

    Sotheby’s Institute - London currently remains open and teaching is continuing as usual in accordance with the UK government’s advice and that of the Office for Students. We are closely monitoring the situation and developing continuity plans. These include preparations to deliver teaching online and solutions to enable colleagues to work from home effectively should they need to.

    We continue to take precautionary measures around travel and student safety, and will communicate directly with our staff and students as updates arise, as well continue to post information on this page.

    Government advice and information

    New York Campus

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art - New York is taking precautionary measures in line with actions of many other New York City universities and businesses: Effective Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York campus will be closed for the remainder of the week so that we can prepare to move our courses online. Any exams or courses scheduled for this week will be rescheduled. In addition, the Career Fair and Field Study will be postponed until further notice. Students can check CANVAS for updates to courses, events, programming, and news about Sotheby’s Institute-New York as we work out the logistics of moving to online instruction for classes. All staff and faculty are advised to conduct meetings by telephone and Skype where possible. We will reassess the policies and communicate any changes as early as circumstances permit.

    Though there are no known cases and no suspected cases of coronavirus on campus, and though no one in our community has traveled to a high-risk area, we are acting in abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Acting now will also give students who wish to do so the option to stay home after Spring Break and meet academic requirements remotely.

    We recognize that the hallmark of the Sotheby’s Institute-New York experience is a hands-on, immersive, object-based approach. We will do our best to replicate as much of the high-quality learning experience as possible online. We also understand that these measures will cause disruption and inconvenience to the campus community, but we strongly believe we are taking actions to proactively decrease risk for our community members.

  • Updated: March 6, 2020

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) is closely monitoring the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that our community and our programs are prepared for whatever steps we may need to take.

    At this time, there are no plans to close our campuses or cancel programs. If at any point we do need to close facilities or suspend programs, we will communicate that information through the SIA website and by email.