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:

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.

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, 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.

International Student Requirements:

English language proficiency exam. All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree in an English speaking curriculum, must submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam and must achieve an appropriate score.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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