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All online courses are offered on a non-credit basis. As these courses are open to the general public, there are no prerequisites; however, students must be at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma, or the equivalent in order to register.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) may not accept enrollment of any student from a jurisdiction wherein the provision of services to an individual in that country are prohibited.

After students have registered online, they will receive an e-mail acknowledging SIA has received and accepted the registration. Submission of registration along with full tuition payment constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of these terms and conditions.


Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Payment consists of a tuition fee and a non-refundable registration fee. All course tuition is billed in US dollars, and students' financial institutions may charge a fee for conversion to local currency. Payment may be made by American Express, MasterCard, or Visa.

Refund Policy

In order to be granted a full tuition refund, students must cancel their registration by sending an email to by 5:00pm (your local time) five full business days before the course start date. Please note SIA is unable to reimburse for any currency conversion fees charged by the credit-card issuer and refunds will be issued to the paying credit card. There will be no refunds given for students who request a refund outside of these parameters.

Course Content

Sotheby's Institute of Art will make all reasonable efforts to deliver the course as outlined on the website. However, SIA reserves the right to make reasonable amendments to the content and syllabus of a course when necessary.

All courses are conducted in English.  SIA' s online courses are intensive, and they involve writing short essays and weekly participation in discussion forums; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

Students should have a flexible schedule, especially if they travel frequently, that allows them to successfully complete the course. Refunds are only provided before the course begins as stated above.


To ensure students can successfully participate in a Sotheby's Institute of Art online course, they should review the technology requirements. It is the student's responsibility to obtain and to maintain the proper hardware and software required to participate in a Sotheby's Institute of Art (SIA) - online course. For more information regarding technology requirements, please visit our How It Works page. Access to the Online Course may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. When accessing the Online Course and/or the Website, you are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

Course Cancellation

Sotheby's Institute of Art reserves the right to cancel courses when necessary due to unforeseeable circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In this instance, all tuition and fees paid for the course will be refunded to the paying credit card. Cancellation decisions are generally made one week before classes begin, though SIA reserves the right to cancel any class up to the first day. Students should allow up to six weeks for the credit to appear on their statement.

Student Conduct

Students will be expected to follow guidelines and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook within the SIA Online Community course and the Terms of Use for the learning management system. The SIA Online Community is made available two weeks before a course start date to enrolled students. Sotheby's Institute of Art reserves the right to remove any student from the course who does not respect these guidelines and/or fellow students, faculty and/or staff.

Submission of the registration form along with full tuition payment constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined herein.


Course interviews reflect the ideas of the faculty member and guest speaker and are at the discretion of each. These views might not reflect the ideas of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Disclosure: course interviews may include speakers who have a proprietary interest in the products, instruments, devices or materials discussed, including but not limited to involvement
in particular galleries, auction houses, and/or artists’ estates.

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