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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 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.

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, consultancies, and museums.

Our Curriculum

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*Approval for change of name from American Fine and Decorative Arts is pending with the New York State Department of Education.

The Details
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum

    Click here to view our 2017-18 Master's Degree Curriculum and Courses (PDF)
  • 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 two field study trips during which students immerse themselves in the the study of art, objects, and architecture. These trips help to further contextualize art markets and expand the lessons learned in the classroom by placing students directly in front of objects they have studied so they can understand the many factors—lighting, framing, labeling, and hanging—that impact their successful presentation and interpretation. Students—through visits to museums, galleries, and private collections—are expected to be active participants and to discuss ideas with art world professional to which they have access during the trips. Locations vary by year and past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach; Newport, Boston, and Salem; Chicago and Milwaukee, and Charleston / Savannah.
  • 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
    Email: a.chakravartti@sothebysinstitute.com or Request Information
    T +1.646.438.7234

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