Taught course

Art Business - London

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Art Business

Entry requirements

All MA and Postgraduate Diploma applicants are required to have completed a BA degree or its equivalent. Applicants should demonstrate the following skills: •The ability to perform at a postgraduate level, as indicated by academic achievement and recommendations. •Knowledge of art history. This generally requires an undergraduate art history major or minor. In special cases, art-related work experience or exceptional exposure to art making and/or collecting will satisfy this requirement. (Applicants with insufficient art history background may be required to take coursework at the Institute or an institution of their choice that is approved by the Institute’s faculty.) •The ability to speak, write and analyze required subject matter fluently in English.

Months of entry


Course content

The Art Business programme in London is not a business degree but rather a degree in the business side of art. It is designed for students with an art historical background who want to understand business theories and practice, as well as the technical and structural elements of the art market. An important theme of the programme is its analysis of a wide range of art market sectors. Students learn how to evaluate and market art objects from antiquity to the present day and participate in a large number of visits to commercial and public galleries and other art institutions in London, throughout Europe and other cultural centres internationally.

Information for international students

The Institute does require an English language Proficiency Exam for non-native English speakers. We require the following exam score for Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes: IELTS level 7.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total: £24,900
International students
Total: £28,800

Scholarships and Financial Assistance are available for all Postgraduate Programmes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Manager
+44 (0)20 7462 3232
+44 (0)20 7580 8160