Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Sotheby’s Institute has been teaching and training art world professionals and cultural stewards for more than 50 years.

Sotheby’s auction house was founded in 1744 when Samuel Baker, an entrepreneur, occasional publisher, and successful businessman held his first auction. Today at Sotheby’s Institute, we emphasize a keen understanding of an object’s value and history, a spirit of inquiry and scholarship, business acumen, and innovation that build upon these foundational values.

The Institute offers educational programs for professionals, pre-college audiences, and graduate students seeking expertise in art business and an understanding of the $60 billion global art economy. Our course offerings cover everything from art history to key business skills from our campuses located in the world’s art capitals of London and New York, as well as online.

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Highlighted Programs

Master’s in Art Business

Master’s in Art Business is a fully accredited MA degree preparing students to become art business experts through the in-depth exploration of art markets and management.

  • Focus: Art Business
  • Location: New York and London
  • Audience: Graduate Students

Online Courses

Online Courses are offered across a wide range of art world topics from art history to art market dynamics, curating and more and are designed to conveniently fit into a working professional’s schedule.

  • Focus: Art History, Curating, Collecting, Art Business and more
  • Location: Online
  • Audience: 18+

Sotheby’s Summer Institute

Sotheby’s Summer Institute invites high schoolers who are curious and passionate about the arts to immerse themselves in the vibrant art capital of New York City.

  • Focus: General Art World Knowledge
  • Location: New York
  • Audience: Grades 10 - 12 + Graduating Seniors

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