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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 Master’s program examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period, focusing on providing a strong foundation in the history of art, iconography, materials, and techniques in America, Europe, and Asia. Students learn how to engage directly with the marketplace and gain essential skills in connoisseurship, valuation, and curation, which are necessary to study and evaluate objects.

The Institute’s large network of art professionals in New York and beyond – at museums, private collections, galleries, and auction houses – ensures that students get behind-the-scenes access, and learn firsthand how objects are made and handled. Internships at prestigious art and design fairs as well as travel and study trips form an essential part of this unique, participatory program experience. Students are exposed to different perspectives of looking at art objects and graduate with an essential understanding of global differences.

Whether in sales, valuation, art history, or cultural institution management at museums, galleries, or auction houses – graduates of the Master’s degree program in Fine and Decorative Art and Design are prepared for a range of careers and leave with an expanded professional network.

About Our Students
Students in the Fine and Decorative Art and Design program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects. 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, art and valuation consultancies, and museums.

Our Curriculum
Access a copy of the 2019-20 New York Master's Degree Curriculum and course descriptions.

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MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design Meet Ann-Marie Richard, Director of MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York
The Details
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum

    Access a copy of the 2019-20 New York Master's Degree Curriculum and course descriptions.

    Learn more about the Fine and Decorative Art  and Design curriculum,  click here to watch the  webinar recording.

    Note: Course offerings subject to change
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Ann-Marie Richard, Program Director
    Ann Bell

    Elizabeth Pergam
  • Course Fees & Application

    Course Fees & Application

    Click here for tuition and application requirements.

    Now accepting applications for Master's programs starting Fall 2019. Apply Now.



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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 Salon of Art & Design, Collective Design, 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 Fine and Decorative Art and Design program also includes field study trips during which students immerse themselves in 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—conception, lighting, framing, labeling, and hanging—that impact their successful presentation and interpretation. Through visits to museums, galleries, and private collections, students have the opportunity to interact with art world professionals and are expected to be active participants in 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; Newport, Boston, and Salem; The Netherlands, London, and Paris.
  • 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 United 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. 
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    Contact And Request Information

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