Taught course

Contemporary Art - New York

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Contemporary Art

Entry requirements

All MA, Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate 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 Contemporary Art program in New York examines art movements, markets and patrons from 1945 to the present, emphasizing a formal, historical, and critical analysis of art from this period. The curriculum combines art historical scholarship, research methodology and professional practice to enable students to interpret a wide array of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, photography, and time-based media, as well as performance art and other ephemeral work. Course work is delivered through lectures, seminars, and site visits to galleries, museums, studios, art fairs and private collections throughout New York City and other cities nationally and internationally. This dynamic program prepares graduates to pursue a variety of careers in the art world, from working in commercial galleries, private collections, museums and foundations, to establishing independent galleries, working as curators, appraisers, critics, editors, and more.

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
Per Semester - $23,300

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