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To ensure the health and safety of our students, we are providing remote learning for this Master's program in Fall 2020. Our on-campus experience in the New York art world begins in Spring 2021.

Students may elect to enter the program in the Fall or Spring. For students entering the program in Fall 2020, our remote learning methodology will take students virtually into emerging and established markets, provide global access both online and onsite to galleries, museums, artists’ studios, private collections, and art fairs, introduce them to international experts and artists, and provide them with skills for doing business in the digital era, such as virtual appraisals, online auctions, and much more.

About the Program

Become an art connoisseur, developing an intimate understanding of the techniques, materials, and history that contribute to the value of a work of art. 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 the Americas, 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. 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.

Academic Structure

MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design students analyze a range of objects dating from the 17th century to the 21st century. Students examine objects from a stylistic point of view, but not neglecting the wider historical, social, economic and cultural factors which have influenced the production of these art works. The program aims to develop critical understanding of the terms “fine art,” “decorative art,” and “design” and of the synergies and divergences between art objects across a range of media and periods. Students will spend much of the course looking at objects in a variety of settings, including online and conditions permitting in-person at museums, art fairs, auction houses, and collections. Students are encouraged to formulate opinions on the aesthetic, cultural, social and commercial value, of what they see. The knowledge and experience gained equips them for employment in many different areas of the international art world and alumni can be found working in auction houses, museums, commercial galleries, financial institutions, private and public foundations in many different countries.

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 over the course of the third semester.

In the first semester, Navigating the Art World brings students from all MAs together for faculty lectures and expert panel discussions to investigate the inextricable connections between art and business in today’s economy. In semester two, students undertake an internship to gain practical skills and take one elective to broaden their expertise. In addition to a full course load, students participate in virtual and in-person field study trips.

The MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design culminates in a capstone project which can take the form of a traditional, long-form academic thesis, or a more flexible Master’s Project. Students entering in Fall 2020 can choose to submit their work in the summer and thereby complete their studies within one year. Alternatively, they can extend their studies an additional semester and either transfer to the Institute’s campus in London or return to New York and pursue core courses in either Art Business or Contemporary Art. Students entering in Spring 2021 must complete their project in Spring 2022.

The Details
  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    Students may elect to enter the program in the Fall or Spring.
    Fall 2020 Entry
    September 2020 – December 2021
    Remote learning is provided during the first  semester. The second semester will take place onsite in New York City (circumstances permitting). The final semester is devoted to the capstone project with the option to add coursework in New York, London, or one of our partner institutions. 
    Spring 2021 Entry
    January 2021 – May 2022
    The first and second semesters will take place onsite (circumstances permitting) in New York City. The final semester is devoted to the capstone project.
  • Curriculum & Schedule

    Curriculum & Schedule

    CURRICULUM
    Click here for a copy of the MA prospectus, which includes curricula, course descriptions, and information for all New York Master's programs.
    SCHEDULE | Fall 2020 Entry

    • Fall 2020: This first semester begins on September 8, 2020. Delivered via remote live instruction, this semester will provide students with the exact same MA curriculum, course content, faculty, guest speakers, multimedia supplements, electronic library resources, assessment, and grading as previous Fall terms. A new optional elective, “Art + Technology Post-Covid-19,” will be offered as well as virtual field study. All Fall 2020 MA courses will be recorded and an archive of recorded lectures across all three MA programs will be available to our Fall MA students. Additionally, students will be invited to social programming, networking events, and career development opportunities. Faculty will also offer office hours and small groups sessions.

    • Spring 2021: The second semester is planned to begin in-person on January 25, 2021 on our New York City midtown campus in the landmark Art Deco General Electric building. In addition to lectures, workshops, seminars, and guest speakers, students will be able to choose an elective, an internship or Careers in the Art World course, and participate in field study (circumstances permitting). Additionally, students will be invited to social programming, networking events, and career development opportunities. Faculty will also offer office hours and small groups sessions.

    • Fall 2021: The thesis or capstone project is to be completed over the summer and submitted by early December. In addition, students may opt to pursue additional coursework and field study travel in this third semester. In this semester, students may opt to study at their home campus in New York City, our London campus, or at our partner universities in Mexico City (CENTRO) or Paris (ESCP Europe).


    In addition to the Spring 2021 field study trip, all MA students in this cohort will be invited to two (2) other future field study trips. Students will be notified as soon as those future trips are organized. Note: Students will not be charged for field study travel fees until they elect to participate.
    SCHEDULE | Spring 2021 Entry

    • Spring 2021: MA courses are planned to begin in-person on January 25, 2021 on our New York City midtown campus in the landmark Art Deco General Electric building. In addition to lectures, workshops, seminars, and guest speakers, students will be able to choose an elective, an internship or Careers in the Art World course, and participate in field study (circumstances permitting). Additionally, students will be invited to social programming, networking events, and career development opportunities. Faculty will also offer office hours and small groups sessions.

    • Fall 2021: Students complete their on-campus studies, cultivate networking opportunities with faculty, guest speakers, and industry experts, as well as participate in field study (circumstances permitting). Students will also prepare for their capstone – thesis or master’s project. Additionally, students will be invited to social programming, networking events, and career development opportunities. Faculty will also offer office hours and small groups sessions.
      Spring 2022: The thesis or master’s project is to be completed by March 2022. Students may also pursue an optional third semester of coursework on the New York City campus.


    In addition to the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 field study trips, all MA students in this cohort will be invited to one (1) other future field study trip. Students will be notified as soon as this future trip is organized. Note: Students will not be charged for field study travel fees until they elect to participate.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Ann-Marie Richard (Program Director) is a fine art asset and design specialist, art historian, curator, author and advisor. Prior to her appointment as Program Director at Sotheby’s, she was Executive Vice President at the art advisory firm Gurr Johns. She has lectured extensively on the topics of retrospective and emerging art markets, connoisseurship, collecting, conservation, provenance, and the related subtleties of appraising fine and decorative arts and design. Ms. Richard has had speaking engagements at Columbia University, the American Association of Museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute and The Aspen Institute. Exhibitions she has curated have been favorably reviewed in national and international publications including Art in America, ArtNews, The New York Times, Art-Times Russia, and Korea Times. She is the author of The Valuation of Fine Art and Design: A Handbook for Professionals to be published in 2020.
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  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Fall 2020 Entry
    Semester 1: $23,300
    Semester 2: $23,300 + Travel Fee $3,400
    Semester 3: $13,300*
    Spring 2021 Entry
    Semester 1: $23,300 + Travel Fee $3,400
    Semester 2: $23,300 + Travel Fee TBD
    Semester 3: $13,300*
    There will also be a materials fee of $800 and international student fee of $500. Students who enroll in Fall 2020 for remote learning will have the materials fee and student fee waived.
    *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.
    For more information on tuition and program fees, click here.
  • Field Study Trips

    Field Study Trips

    All of our Master’s programs include field study opportunities that are both virtual and in-person to enable students to become immersed in the international art community. field study contextualizes lectures and discussions through virtual and in-person visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artists’ studios, and more.
    In-person field study trips are planned to commence in Spring 2021. Destinations are yet to be determined.
    We continue to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding COVID-19.  We will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and will adhere to all government travel recommendations.
  • Admissions

    Admissions

    Now accepting applications for all MA programs. For admissions requirements and an overview of the application process, please click here.
    Space is limited so we strongly encourage qualified candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
    Questions?
    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.
    Email us: admissionsny@sia.edu
    Call us: +1.646.438.7234

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