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Sotheby’s Institute of Art began in 1969 as a training program for auction house employees and professional development is still an integral part of the Institute’s programs, broadening out to encompass many roles in a number of relevant business and non-profit spheres. Many of our alumni have become leading individuals in the art world as entrepreneurs, auctioneers, journalists, curators among a wide range of other successful career paths. With privileged access to internship opportunities, expert guidance and professionals working in the field, Sotheby’s Institute students can expect to be fully equipped for a career in the international art world and beyond.


75% of Sotheby’s Institute students are employed before graduation.


The Institute has over 6,000 alumni worldwide, encompassing a broad spectrum of art-related professions. Representing museums, educational institutions, private collections, galleries and auction houses all over the world, former students remain connected to the Institute through the Alumni Network and its programs.


Source: Class of 2015 Exit Survey, London, New York and Los Angeles



Careers open to graduates include:
Museum Major Gifts Manager, Art Investment Manager or Advisor, Art Collateral Specialist, Art Lawyer, Museum Development Director, Major Gifts Director, Collections Manager (corporate, museum, galleries or private collectors), Gallery, Museum or Collection Curator, Creative Director, Art Foundation Grants Administrator, Art Advisor, Restoration Specialist, Art or Collectables Appraiser, Gallery Director or Owner, Acquisitions Director, Artist Liaison, Auctioneer, Event Producer, Auction House Specialist, Gallery Client Service Supervisor, Cataloguer, Luxury Goods Merchandiser, Art Market Analyst, Art Dealer, Art Broker, Professor, Art Insurance Specialist, Art Tax Specialist, Appraiser, Artists’ Agent, Collectables E-Commerce Director, Research Specialist, Client Services Director, Gallery Sales Manager, Journalist and Art Critic, Wealth Management Art Specialist, Artist’s Studio Manager, Prints and Editions Publisher, Art Press Commissioning Editor.

Our alumni work at prestigious art institutions, including:
  • The British Museum
  • MoMA
  • Christies
  • The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  • Whitney
  • V&A
  • Guggenheim
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Armory
  • Artsy
  • Sothebys
  • PACE
  • Hauser & Wirth
  • Bonhams New york
  • The National Gallery
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Lisson Gallery
  • ArtForum
  • Frieze
  • Paddle8

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