Evolving from a small connoisseurship program begun by Sotheby's Auction House in 1969 Sotheby's Institute is now the leader in art business education and object based learning. Our faculty represent the best of the art world helping students master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce.
With campuses in London, New York and Los Angeles, Sotheby’s Institute offers graduate level programs that are relevant to an art world that is constantly seeking individuals with depth of understanding, art historical scholarship and business acumen.
Sotheby's Institute is open to all with a passion for art that seek to go beyond the classroom and experience the art world first hand.
Initially, the Institute served as a training program for auction house employees that pioneered new educational offerings. Since 1995 the London Institute has been an affiliated institution of the University of Manchester, the most eminent of the English civic universities and part of the esteemed Russell Group.
The New York Institute was founded at Sotheby's auction house in 1984 and is now located in midtown Manhattan inside a classic Art Deco skyscraper. The New York Institute was given degree-granting status by the New York State Board of Regents in 2010.
The Institute has led the way in research and education in emerging fields, most recently with the 2015 Art and the Law Program in Los Angeles.
Sotheby’s Institute has also emerged as an educational sponsor at many international art fairs, where our students often have special access. Student involvement at major art fairs was showcased in 2014 with the student-led project at the Untitled Art Fair in Miami, FL during Miami Art Week.