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About the Program
The global art market is the circulatory system of the art world. Business transactions are the lifeblood of the system, moving art from the studio to the gallery, the auction room, the collector’s home, and the museum. Along the way, artists, dealers, art advisors, curators, art handlers, insurers, and auction house experts engage in a complicated dance to build and sustain the value of the work and the careers and interests of all parties.

The Master’s degree in Art Business prepares graduates to succeed in this sophisticated ecosystem. Courses in art law, valuation, and business lay the foundation upon which students build a specialized program that suits their needs. The program is unique in offering an unprecedented array of electives exploring all aspects of art business, connoisseurship, and curation. Students work closely with their academic advisor to design a course of study in which more than half of the program is tailored to help them achieve their career goals.

The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. New York is our classroom — the center of the international art world — with hundreds of galleries, museums, and art fairs, plus Field Study travel to Miami for Art Basel or to Venice for the Biennale in alternating years. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and stays in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market.

About Our Students
MA in Art Business students bring a wealth of complementary backgrounds to the program, with students of art and art history, lawyers, and entrepreneurs combining their expertise to develop innovative group projects and, after graduation, new art business ventures. What brings them together is a desire to learn about the intersection of art and its markets and the economics of art in the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers and are ready to join the next generation of leaders in the international art world.

Our Curriculum
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The Details
  • Curriculum


    Access a copy of the 2020-21 New York Master's Degree Curriculum and course descriptions.

    Learn more about the Art Business curriculum, click here to watch the webinar recording.

    Note: Course offerings subject to change
  • Faculty
  • Admissions


    Now accepting applications for MA programs starting in fall 2020. For admissions requirements and an overview of the application process, please click here.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art reviews all completed applications on a rolling basis, and you can apply at any time. Space is limited so we strongly encourage qualified candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and use the below deadlines as a guide. Our enrollment team is available offer support and answer any questions you may have: or +1.646.438.7234

    Deadlines for Fall 2020 MA program:

    • Apply by Wednesday, January 15 for priority consideration around financial aid.

    • Apply by Monday, March 2 to qualify for scholarships.

    • Apply by Monday, May 18 if you are an international student who will need to secure a visa.

  • Tuition


    Semester 1: $23,300
    Semester 2: $23,300
    Semester 3: $13,300 (offsite) or $23,300 (onsite)
    Off-site: capstone (thesis or project), can be undertaken remotely or while working
    On-site: includes a third semester of coursework, capstone, and field study 

    For more information on tuition and program fees, click here.  

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  • Field Trips And Study Visits

    Field Trips And Study Visits

    Firsthand encounters with artwork, exhibition spaces, and the people who run them are an integral part of the learning experience and a key aspect of the program. New York is a major center for art collections and art institutions alike, and faculty-led visits to museums, galleries, art fairs, and artists’ studios are fundamental to the framework of The Institute. As the host to The Armory Show, Frieze, the Winter Antiques Show, and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), New York provides many opportunities for students to meet art professionals from around the world.

    The MA in Art Business program also includes two Field Study trips during which students become immersed in the local art community. As a culmination of the Field Study course, the trip contextualizes art market, art historical, and art object information through daily visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artists’ studios, and more. Throughout the Field Study experience, students have the opportunity to interact with local art world professionals and are expected to be active participants, through both individual presentations as well as seminar discussions.  Destinations vary per year to include timely and relevant exhibitions, art fairs, and international art world events. Past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Beijing, Venice Biennale, Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennial, and SP-Arte in São Paulo.

    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

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