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The MA in Art Business program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York, located in one of the most important centers of the art trade, offers a professional educational experience for those seeking careers in the international art world. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and is in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market.

Over three semesters of intensive study, students take core courses across three fundamental areas: markets (the context for art business), management (the organizations of art business), and connoisseurship and collecting (the objects of art business). Core courses in these areas encompass art law, marketing and strategy, and finance and accounting, more specialized courses include emerging art markets, valuation, collection management, curating, and art criticism. Students are able to pursue specializations built on two- and three-course sequences, allowing them to cultivate in-depth knowledge in preferred areas. Students are also able (and encouraged) to take courses from outside the Art Business program to broaden to their understanding of the art world.

Travel to local and international destinations – such as visits to artist studios, art fairs, exhibitions, and private collections – forms an integral part of the curriculum. Whether in the classroom or on site, the program provides a singular platform for students to interact with and learn directly from a broad spectrum of art world professionals including auctioneers, dealers, museum directors, curators, and critics.

Sotheby’s Institute – New York MA Art Business graduates are prepared for a variety of careers and are forming the next generation of leaders in the international art world.

Our Curriculum

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The Details
  • Curriculum


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  • Faculty
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Program fees 2017-2018

    Semester 1: $22,300
    Semester 2: $23,300
    Semester 3: $23,300

    Travel Study Fees:
    Semester 1 and 2: $6,800

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    Note: course offerings subject to change pending annual curriculum review

  • Field Trips And Study Visits

    Field Trips And Study Visits

    First-hand encounters with art works, exhibition spaces, and the people who run them are an integral part of the learning experience and key to this program. New York is a major center for art collections and art institutions alike, and faculty-led visits to museums and galleries are fundamental to the framework of the Institute. As the host to The Armory Show, Frieze, the Winter Antiques Show, and in its debut year The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)-NY, New York provides many opportunities for students to meet gallerists from around the world.

    The program also includes a week-long intensive trip each semester (required for the first two, optional for the third). For Fall 2016, a five-day field trip to Miami is centered on visiting Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most important fairs in the art world calendar. During the trip we also visit major private collections, satellite fairs and museums. For Spring 2017, students will travel abroad; previous trips have included Europe, centering on The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, and Dubai, centering on Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennial.

    Sample site visits in and near New York:

    • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    • Museum of Modern Art

    • Guggenheim Museum

    • Whitney Museum of American Art

    • Queens Museum of Art

    • Bronx Museum of the Arts

    • El Museo del Barrio

    • New-York Historical Society

    • Museum of Art and Design

    • Brooklyn Museum

    • Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

    • Storm King Art Center

    • Dia:Beacon

    • Armory Show

    • Frieze

    • Galleries in Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Brooklyn

    • Mana Contemporary

  • Access To Top Art Research Centers

    Access To Top Art Research Centers

    In addition to research and study at the New York campus library, Sotheby's Institute of Art students have access to some of the top art research centers in the Unites States. These include the Museum of Modern Art Library, which houses a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art, and the Frick Art Reference Library, with collections relate chiefly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. For the full list of New York City area resources click here.
  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Anupama Chakravartti, Associate Director of Admissions
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