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Art Finance & Innovation


Art Finance & Innovation

A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses within the same term. Contact our admissions team at for more information and a discount code.

This intensive introduction to the specialised area of art finance provides course participants with detailed context of the global art market.

The course covers topics and debates on issues such as art as an alternative investment, art investment funds, using art as collateral for loans and art in traditional wealth management, fractional art ownership, and how the rapidly developing market of NFTs and cryptocurrency are impacting an ever-evolving art world. In addition, the sessions will introduce a set of analytical tools and methodologies for better understanding the performance and the dynamics of the art market. These sessions offer course participants access to the most recent developments in the market for art finance and investment.

Orientation: 9am GMT, October 31

  • Price
    Enroll in 2 or more In-Person Professional Courses within the same term for a discounted rate, contact admissions for a discount code.
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  • Date
    Fall | October 31 - December 8
  • Time
    10am – 4pm GMT, Tuesday and Friday
  • Duration
    6 Weeks
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Art Business,
    • Specializations & Skills
  • Language
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  • Opportunity to gain an understanding of the growth and future direction of the art investment industry from established art finance professionals

  • Understand and anticipate the rapid growth of the digital art and NFT sector

  • Develop the required skills to create innovative art finance enterprises


Anders Petterson

Course Leader: Art Finance and Innovation, London

Anders Petterson has a CEMS in Management from the London School of Economics and Hochschule St.Gallen, Switzerland. He worked for JP Morgan Investment bank from 1995-1999 in London, New York and Frankfurt, where he was responsible for capital market products and coverage in the Nordic region.

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Joe Dunning

Faculty, London

Joe Dunning is an art market expert with sixteen years’ experience in the commercial art world, He has worked with artists, galleries, auction houses, art fairs, and advisors, with a particular focus on Contemporary, Post-War, Modern, and Impressionist art. He specialises in business development, client engagement, and the intersection of art with the fields of technology, finance, and philanthropy. As an auctioneer he has first-hand experience of the mechanics of the art market; and through academic study and professional experience of museums and other non-profit organisations, he has a thorough understanding of the entire art ecosystem.

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  • Course Combinations

    Course Combinations

    A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses. Contact our admissions team at for more information and a discount code.

    For individuals looking for an expansive grounding in the Modern and contemporary art word, Art Finance and Innovation can be paired with the 12 week Modern and Contemporary Art course to create a full time (4 days per week) schedule of study over the course of a semester.

  • Requirements


    English Language Requirement
    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.

    Age Requirement
    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older, however, we prefer that students have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience to be able to properly engage in the course.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Art investment funds
    • Art exchanges and Fractional ownership
    • Art as an asset class and alternative investments
    • Art lending industry
    • Art and wealth management
    • Art market research: tools and methodologies
    • Art Finance enterprise innovations
    • Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and NFT’s
  • Assessment


    The course is assessed via an oral presentation and a practical written brief.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • How art is treated as a financial instrument globally.
    • To analyze the economic debates around fine art’s performance as a financial asset, both in traditional and alternative wealth management.
    • To build the practical knowledge and tools required to engage with the international art market.
    • To analyse art market trends and patterns over the last twenty years to determine how the market might evolve in the future.
    • To comprehend the role of technological innovations such as the blockchain, NFTs, and AI in the art market.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world, to be sufficiently prepared for a wide-ranging career within the art industry. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 alumni around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.