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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 five-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.


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

Intensive courses are for art 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 marketing in the art world, art finance and investment and gallery management. Courses are led by experts in their field and include guest speakers, site visits, and professional networking opportunities.

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Professional Certificates

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. The Art Business and Art History Professional Certificate Courses are designed to give you the practical skills necessary to navigate the art world. Students meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals and form lasting relationships beyond the classroom.

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Evening Courses

6-Week Evening Courses in London and New York

Connect to the art world community through our popular evening courses, designed for both working professionals and lifelong learners. SIA evening courses in both London and New York take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:45pm. They offer the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, learn from industry leaders, and enhance knowledge in subjects such as art business, art history, or the auction market. The engaging academic content is delivered by SIA faculty members who are subject experts, and curated guest speakers from the industry.

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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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