Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York

Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York: MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design


570 Lexington Avenue

6th Floor

New York City, NY 10022

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA: MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

About the Program
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, Europe and Asia but also on the connoisseurship, valuation and curation skills necessary to study and evaluate objects and engage directly with the marketplace; it examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period. Internships at prestigious art and design fairs, travel and study trips form an essential part of the experience, providing a deeper understanding of global differences and expanding students’ professional networks.

About Our MA Students 
Students in the program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects. Whether in sales, art history, cultural institution management, or the museum world, graduates have the ability to think critically and actively seek ways to foster connections to art through interpretation. Alumni of the program now hold significant positions in galleries, auction houses, art and valuation consultancies, and museums.


The New York Institute – which has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1989 – received degree-granting authority from the Regents of the State of New York.

Facts & Figures

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

Locale: Large City

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