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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
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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


    Access a copy of the 2020-21 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


    Ann-Marie Richard, Program Director
    Ann Bell

    Elizabeth Pergam
  • 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: $22,300
    Semester 2: $23,300
    Semester 3: $13,000 (offsite) or $23,000 (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.  

    For Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program, click here.
  • 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.
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