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All New York – Summer Institute 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.

Students may register online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the online application. Enrollment closes on the Wednesday of the first week for 4-week courses and on the Tuesday of the first week for 2-week courses.

After students have registered online, they will receive an e-mail acknowledging Sotheby’s Institute of Art has received their registration. Only enrolled students are permitted on the New York campus, course site-visits, and program events.

For current high school students, Summer Institute offers a pre-college program. Please visit the webpage for more information or contact

Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Payment consists of a tuition fee and a non-refundable registration fee (after March 16, 2020) outlined below. All course tuition is billed in US dollars, and payment may be made by American Express, MasterCard, or Visa. Please be aware that students' financial institutions may charge a fee for conversion to local currency.

For students who enroll in more than one course, the course combination offer is applied to the course of equal or lesser value.

Beginning March 16, 2020, a one-time registration fee of $50 is payable for the Summer Institute. The registration fee increases to $100 on April 14, 2020. The registration fee is non-refundable.

In order to be granted a full tuition refund, students must cancel their registration by sending an email to more than six weeks prior to the course start date.

For refunds requested less than six weeks prior to the start of the course, Sotheby’s Institute of Art will deduct a $500 cancelation fee per 4-week course and $325 per 2-week course from the student’s paid tuition. The refund schedule for the tuition per course is as follows:

  • Six weeks prior to the start of the course:
    After the cancellation fee, 100% of the remaining course tuition
  • Four to six weeks prior to the start of the course:
    After the cancellation fee, 90% of the remaining course tuition
  • Less than four weeks prior to the start of the course:
    No course tuition will be refunded.

Refunds are processed based on the date and time that the cancellation request is received.

Please note that Sotheby’s Summer Institute is unable to reimburse for any currency conversion fees charged by the credit-card issuer and that refunds will be issued to the paying credit card.

*Due to the current world health situation around Coronavirus/COVID-19, we are carefully monitoring the situation and will adjust our refund policies as necessary.  We know it’s important in these times for you to have flexibility in making choices about your summer plans.  The six-week out date is an extension from our usual 8 week timeline required to receive a full refund.  We will reassess and communicate any further changes to the refund policy necessary well in advance of this date and as the situation develops. We want you to feel confident about applying to and participating in our programs and to know that you will be able to make choices as the situation evolves.

To withdraw from a course after it begins, students must notify Sotheby’s Summer Institute in writing of their intention to withdraw. Students may do so by e-mailing or by completing a withdrawal form in person at the Institute. Failure to complete a course does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor does verbal notification to the instructor or lack of attendance.

Cancellation of payment also does not constitute withdrawal, nor does it reduce the student’s financial obligation to the Institute. In such cases, the student must pay the full tuition plus a stop-payment penalty of $25.

All courses are conducted in English; a good working knowledge of the spoken and written form of English is recommended, although no certification is required.
Sotheby's Summer Institute will make all reasonable efforts to deliver the course as outlined on the website. However, Sotheby’s Summer Institute reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content and syllabus of a course when necessary.

Sotheby's Summer Institute reserves the right to cancel courses when necessary due to unforeseeable circumstances or insufficient enrollment. All tuition and fees paid for such a course will be refunded (including the registration and cancelation fees).

Students will be expected to follow guidelines and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook provided within the Summer Institute Portal, Canvas Learning Management System, and the Terms of Use for the learning management system. The Summer Institute Portal is made available four weeks before course start date to enrolled students. Sotheby's Summer Institute 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 along with full tuition payment constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined herein.