Taught course

Art Business - New York

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Art Business

Entry requirements

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 program in New York produces graduates who have a sophisticated, contextual and nuanced understanding of the international art market and who are prepared to enter the diverse art and market-related fields with a confidence based in knowledge.

While grounded in art history, the program is designed for students who seek an alternative to the traditional academic model and desire advanced study in sync with the rapidly evolving global art market. Particular emphasis is placed on the nature and growth of art and art business practices post-World War II to the global business that art has become in the early 21st century.

Through a unique combination of rigorous academic instruction and real world learning during two semesters of intensive study, students gain insight into the mechanics, underpinnings, and nuances of the art world. Core courses in business, art law, and the international art market provide students with essential skills and a deep understanding of how these fields affect the business of art. Along with national and international study travel to vital art world destinations and events, the program provides a singular platform for students to learn directly from a broad spectrum of leaders in the field, including auctioneers, dealers, collectors, consultants, museum directors, curators, and critics.

Information for international students

The Institute does require an English language Proficiency Exam for non-native English speakers. We require the following exam scores for Masters and Certificate programs: IELTS level 7: TOEFL 100 IBT for the internet based exam.

Fees and funding

UK students
Semester - $22,600
International students
Semester - $22,600

Sotheby's Institute of Art-New York offers full-time students financial assistance through both need-based and merit-based aid; US citizens may also participate in several federal loan programs

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Manager