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Sotheby’s Institute has more than fifty years of experience in training the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of art, luxury and the cultural and creative industries.

Since its founding in 1969, the Institute has built an extensive global network of professionals, many now occupying leading positions in their fields. Areas of expertise span from curating to contemporary art, luxury business to logistics, art law to finance and more.

Our in-person short courses are ideal for those looking to enter or advance in the art world, combining the value of intensive study with access to the rich art history and cultural offerings of some of the world’s greatest cities. All of our on-location courses include industry expert speakers, exclusive visits, networking opportunities, and additional learning resources online or to take away.

Spanning from one-day in-depth intensives to 12-week part-time programs, these courses are available in London and New York City, two of the world’s most influential art capitals, as well as selected art world capitals in Europe, America, and Asia.

Professional Intensives

Two to Five-Day Courses in London, New York, and Select Art World Capitals

Intensive courses are for professionals and enthusiasts looking to acquire targeted skills and knowledge in a condensed timeframe. These courses will enhance your resume and give you valuable hands-on insight into different dimensions of the art and luxury sectors. Topics include art law, marketing in the art world, and business leadership. Courses are led by experts in their field and include guest speakers, site visits, and professional networking opportunities.

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Professional Foundations

6 and 12-Week Part-Time Courses in London

These comprehensive courses are ideal for those who want to kick-start a career in the art world or the wider creative industries. The courses run on a part-time basis and incorporate in-classroom teaching and on-site visits. Courses in art business, curating, art finance and innovation, and modern and contemporary art are designed to give you the practical skills necessary to navigate the art world. Students meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals and can form lasting relationships beyond the classroom.

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Custom Programs

Custom-built, high-quality learning programs can be tailored to the needs of businesses and executives, governments, museums and galleries, educational institutions, and other clients throughout the world.

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