Now accepting applications for September 2023 entry.
After the Regular Decision deadline, Sotheby’s Institute of Art reviews all completed applications on a rolling basis. Space is limited so we strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible. Our Admissions team is available throughout the admissions process to offer support and answer any questions you may have.
If you are an international student who will need to secure a visa for the US, you are advised to submit your application before the Regular Decision Deadline. Further information on visas can be found below.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution by the date on which they enroll at the Institute.
We welcome applicants from a range of academic backgrounds. Where an applicant to one of our programmes does not have a first degree in art history or a related subject, the offer may include a recommendation or requirement to complete an introductory Art History course prior to enrolment.
All prospective students must apply using the online application. A complete application includes:
GRE test scores are not required, but are accepted. The GRE code for Sotheby’s Institute of Art is 4161.
A non-refundable deposit of $3,500 is required to secure your place on all programs. The deposit will be applied to Semester 1 tuition.
Semester 1: 15 credits
Semester 2: 15 credits
Semester 3: 6 credits
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition: $1,878 per credit
Travel Fee: Each field study trip typically ranges from $3,800 to $5,000 according to program, entry semester, and destination. Travel fees are indicative only and subject to change.
Materials Fee: $824
International Student Fee: $206
Sotheby's Institute of Art tuition and fees are updated annually based on the curriculum and field study destinations.
Capstone (thesis or project) may be undertaken remotely or while working. Students may also choose to do an optional 3rd semester of coursework + field study at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York or London. Tuition and fees will vary by campus.
Credits: The Master’s degree is awarded for 30 taught credits across semesters one and two, as well as the completion of a 6-credit thesis or capstone project in the third semester. Course work is completed in semesters 1 and 2 for 30 credit hours, the minimum necessary for a Graduate Certificate. For students pursuing a Master’s degree, a thesis or capstone project is required and represents a total 36 credit hour requirement for the MA. This is undertaken in the third semester, either independently off-campus or alongside continued coursework on campus, which includes a third field study opportunity.
Field study is required of all students and is non-refundable. The travel fee covers all transportation, accommodations, and privileged access to venues and events.
The materials fee allows Sotheby’s Institute to operate as a fully-fledged and independent academic center including our library, full technology resources, student and academic advising, and career services.
The international students fee is required of students who are not United States citizens to ensure support for the unique needs of our international population.
The Institute permits deferrals over one academic year only. To secure the place in the following year, a second non-refundable “deferral fee” payment will be due to the Institute. Any scholarship awarded will not be transferred.
We encourage applicants who intend to defer to wait and apply when the form for the intake they wish to join goes live. Deferrals are approved at the discretion of the Institute.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers partial-tuition scholarships to qualified domestic and international candidates. The scholarship award acts as a partial fee waiver and is evenly divided and applied to semester one and two tuition. Scholarship awards are not guaranteed and award decisions are final.
Applicants who have maintained an overall grade (or completed undergraduate study) with a 3.7 GPA (or equivalent) will be eligible for a partial-tuition merit-based award and will automatically be considered. Awards are not guaranteed, and the decision will be based on the program application materials submitted and faculty assessment. Award decisions will be communicated at the point of an offer being made.
Students seeking a partial-tuition scholarship based on financial need will be asked to submit the following evidence after submission of the application. Award decisions will be communicated at the point of an offer being made. The need-based scholarship application includes:
Please select 'Sotheby's Institute of Art Scholarship' as one of the funding sources on our application form to indicate you wish to be sent a need-based scholarship form after the completed application has been submitted.
You must have applied to the program before the following date:
SIA-NY participates in Title IV Financial Aid Program and commonly works with Sallie Mae.
Our admissions team will follow up with you regarding any outstanding documentation or required information. Applicants whose documentation is complete will receive an invitation to attend an academic interview by email to the address used in the application.
September 2023 Entry
Teaching begins on September 5, 2023
We recommend that applicants who require a visa to study in the US apply through the appropriate consulate or other government agency at least 12 weeks prior to the start of class to allow sufficient time for processing.
As visa processing times vary by country, students applying to a program less than 12 weeks before the start of class should refer to the US Department of State information on estimated wait times by Embassy/Consulate and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance.
Some of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions section of our website. If you do not see your question, we are happy to help. All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office to schedule a one-on-one information session to learn more about the program, the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.