Sotheby's Institute of Art - Master's Degree

Sotheby's Institute of Art is a higher education institution from London, UK that offers master's degree programs in areas of fine arts and design. Sotheby's Institute of Art is UK Quality Assured according to the latest review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

  • Average Tuition GBP 22,411
  • Acceptance Rate 50%
  • Students 331
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School Description

Sotheby's Institute of Art's early beginning can be traced back in the year 1969, when it initially provided training programs for auction house employees as the Sotheby's Auction House. By 1995, it became an affiliate of The University of Manchester and has since been pioneering in art business education and object based learning.

Today, Sotheby's Institute of Art can be found in two locations in the US—New York and Los Angeles—and in Bedford Square in the UK. Located in the heart of among the world's art capitals, Sotheby's Institute of Art in London offers 4 master's degree programs in areas of art business, contemporary art, fine and decorative art and design, and modern and contemporary Asian art, which are all awarded by The University of Manchester.

Master Programs

  • 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom

    Art Business

    GBP 22,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Business principles and techniques. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the fundamentals of business, like buying, selling and producing products; business organization; and accounting.

  • 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom


    GBP 22,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual, technical and practical knowledge of the elements of Design. The program offers courses that focus on the study of visual arts; design techniques; and computer-aided design.

  • 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom

    Fine Arts

    GBP 22,600 Tuition Fee

    This program offers a wide range of courses that focus on the study of art history; art theory and criticism; performing arts; 2D art; 3D art; digital art; photography, and architectural modelmaking.


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  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 100
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 7.00


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    Established in 1969


    Sotheby's Institute of Art has produced over 6,000 alumni globally who hold top positions in various areas of the international art industry.

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          • Testimony
            2013-2015, Master of Arts (MA)

            Looking for a career in the Art World?

            Basically, all of the Master's programs at Sotheby's Institute of Art offer a professional educational experience for those looking for a career in the art world. They have an excellent faculty and a highly specialized curriculum that will enhance your real-life skills and critical thoughts at the same time. Surely, the programs will help you jump start your professional career in the mainstream art world. Strongly recommend!

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            2013-2014, Master's degree

            Word Hard & Be Rewarded

            I expected a lot out of Sotheby's Insittute of Art as I planned to attend the school for nearly two years before that dream became a reality. The program not only met but surpassed my expectations. I was challenged yet excited by my course work, encouraged by my mentors, and welcomed by my peers. If you have a passion for the art market, the industry, and want a career that will surround you in art, I highly recommend this program. Be committed and work hard, and it will prepare you to succeed. I studied Contemporary Art at the New York campus, if anyone has any questions feel free to send me a message and I am glad to assist!

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            2013-2014, Master's in Art Business

            Fine and Decorative Arts Program in London

            If you are thinking about starting the Sotheby's program in London or considering doing a third semester there, I would highly recommend the Fine and Decorative Arts course. Although my degree is in Art Business, I chose to broaden my horizons with the third semester offering and I was amazed at the sheer amount of hands-on learning, the trips to estates filled with amazing furniture and master works, the amazing core professors, the ability to go to the auction house for pre-sale viewings, and learning how to handle furniture, ceramics, and paintings tied everything together with real-world application. I loved my time there!