Research course

MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design - London

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Fine and Decorative Art
MA by research

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 analyse required subject matter fluently in English.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master’s in Fine and Decorative Art and Design derives from the oldest program at the Institute, the 'Works of Art' course, which started in 1969. It offers an integrated study of fine and decorative art and design based on case studies drawn from the late Renaissance through to the late Twentieth Century. These studies are used as lenses through which to examine the production and materiality of art objects, and to consider aspects of consumption, including patronage and collecting and the historical and contemporary art market. Students are equipped with sophisticated visual, critical and research skills, enabling them to work in all areas of the international art world.

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

MA by research

full time
9 months

Course contact details

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