Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby's Institute of Art - London

Sotheby's Institute of Art - London: MA Art Business


30 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury

London, England WC1B 3EE

United Kingdom


+44 (0)20 7462 3232


+44 (0)20 7580 8160

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Art Business

Format: Campus

Program Description:

About the Program
The Master’s degree in Art Business program was introduced in 1998 and has pioneered the study of art business and the art market as both an emerging academic discipline and a vocational bridge for traditional art history students into the wider commercial art world. The Art Business MA faculty consists of both academics and art world practitioners, providing a balance between theory and practice to facilitate the understanding of the complexities of the art market and its main players.

About Our MA Students
Art Business students are introduced to established art markets of Europe and North America, as well as the emerging markets of China and South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Latin America. Field trips to art fairs as well as regular gallery and auction house visits develop first-hand knowledge of the art world and facilitate networking with its main players. Students also learn the skills of art business management and financial analysis. Elective units enable students to focus in depth on specific art market sectors and art businesses or on areas of art and related issues including contemporary Asian art, East Asian art, curating contemporary art and performance art.

Navigating the Art World 
All of the MA programs are enhanced by a shared core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, which introduces students to the global art world and provides them with a comprehensive knowledge of art business principles and professional skills as well as critical understanding to mobilize at the completion of their degrees.

Program Structure 
Semester 1 begins with the shared core curriculum unit, Navigating the Art World, followed during the first two semesters by two core units covering key areas of art business and the market. In Semester 2 students select two elective units, either pursuing further specialization in art business or undertaking options that will broaden and enhance their understanding of other areas of study, such as fine and decorative arts and design, photography or Asian art.

All students attend morning lectures, followed by a one-hour afternoon seminar. Students also have access to tutors for individual tuition. During Semester 3 (June to September) there is no formal teaching, with students researching their dissertation topics under the guidance of individual supervisors. At the start of the year, students are allocated to a personal tutor who supports their academic and personal development throughout the program. Throughout the year students will undertake study trips, including a visit to TEFAF in Maastricht and attendance at one other European contemporary art fair.

Build Your Concentration
The flexible structure of the Master’s program allows students to concentrate their studies on a chosen field by selecting 2 elective units. Specialist subject areas in which Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London faculty have high level of expertise include Contemporary Design, Photography, East Asian Art and Curating.


Degrees from the London Institute are validated by the University of Manchester

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

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