Taught course

Fine and Decorative Art and Design - New York

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Fine and Decorative Art

Entry requirements

All MA, Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate 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 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 Fine and Decorative Art and Design curriculum is based on a simple belief: the fundamental currency of the art world is objects.

The program prepares students for careers in the art world, focusing not only on the history of art in America but also on the connoisseurship skills necessary to study and evaluate objects and to engage directly with the marketplace; it examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period.

An internship at the prestigious Winter Antiques Show and weekly travel and study trips form an essential part of the experience, providing a deeper understanding of regional differences and expanding students’ professional networks.

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

Scholarships and Financial Assistance are available for all graduate programs. Financial Assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

admission manager