Taught course

Art Logistics – London

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Sotheby's Institute of Art

Entry requirements

All MA and Postgraduate Diploma applicants are required to have completed a BA degree or its equivalent. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to registration.

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 some formal study of art history, probably at undergraduate level. 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 course work at the Institute or an institution of their choice that is approved by the Institute’s faculty).
  • The ability to speak, write and analyse required subject matter fluently in English.

Work experience is not required. However, relevant employment and/or internships enhance a student’s application.

Months of entry


Course content

Art world logistics and operations are rapidly expanding fields with accelerating employment opportunities.This pioneering Master’s program provides students with the diverse practical training and theoretical overview necessary to excel in one of the most important career paths in the professional arts world. The art world is vast, complex and rapidly changing environment where the care, display and movement of art objects are multi-million dollar issues requiring high levels of thought and expertise. Students on this program will explore these operational approaches towards art objects and the logistical issues related to moving art from one location to another. They will become familiar with the power of positive disruption through technology and the growing use of big data and digital applications in business practice. The stewardship, management, and movement of art objects is essential to operating a successful commercial or non-profit visual arts organization.

Expertise and a fully-fledged understanding of logistics can lead to careers that form the backbone of the arts industries and the operations of cultural exchange.

This course is for:

  • Students seeking a career in logistics, operations, collections management and administration at private or non-profit art institutions including auction houses, galleries, dealerships and museums
  • Future Chief Operating Officers (COO’s) and Heads of Collections Management, Operations, and Administration
  • Students and professionals seeking diverse practical and professional opportunities
  • Art history majors looking to develop practical business and operations skills
  • Business operations professionals looking to transition into the art world
  • Entrepreneurs applying new business practices through technology and operations
  • Future business owners and experts in art servicing industries (e.g. insurance, conservation, supply chain management)

In this course, you will:

  • Have an advanced understanding of the fundamental role of operations within the art world
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of collections management, registrar and inventory systems, signage and labelling, and legal and ethical issues arising out of their provenance and conservation
  • Receive privileged access to some of London’s most prestigious and world-renowned art institutions
  • Study under our faculty of academics, art world practitioners, and experts
  • Understand the complexities of the art world and its key players
  • Build a network of art world professionals and future colleagues
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a work placement elective in a relevant organisation
  • Gain real-world experience through a practice-based dissertation by developing an innovative new model and business plan

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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