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Sotheby's Institute of Art

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.

Distance Learning Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)



Since its founding in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute has built an extensive global network of diverse individuals, which grows with every class. Each year, over 2,500 students study with Sotheby’s Institute and go on to work and network, across every sector of the art world. The Master’s degree alone has over 8,000 alumni — the largest and most powerful alumni network of its kind.


All of the Master’s programs on our campuses in London and New York provide an in-depth study of today’s art world and a powerful set of professional skills to deploy in the market. Core curricula bring students from all program areas together for a common introduction to current issues in the art world, discussing its structures, organizations, and essential protocols. Lectures and panels with leading scholars and art professionals as well as site visits, case studies, workshops, and field study trips, all make sure that our students are well equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge – and a global network – to master the art world upon graduation.


The Sotheby’s Institute Career Services office provides all of our Master’s degree students with customized support in their internship and job search needs, including cover letter and resume writing, interview preparation, and alumni network connections. Career Services also help facilitate potential internship and job opportunities at major art companies and organizations, such as Sotheby’s, Phillips, Gurr Johns, Winston Art Group, Gagosian Gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Pace Gallery, Hirschl & Adler, Winter Antiques Show, The Armory Show, and TEFAF.


Housing services

Currently, SIA does not directly offer housing with the exception of the Pre-College program in New York. However, we provide relevant information to admitted students on housing resources in our home cities of New York and London.

Library services

  • Sotheby's Institute of Art Library is a small, specialised resource that supports teaching at the Institute.
  • The library has a collection of around 15,000 books and pamphlets covering the fine and decorative arts including painting, drawing, ceramics, furniture, interiors and design.

Student Life

Campus life

Sotheby’s Institute of Art has campuses in London, New York and Los Angeles with online courses accessible from anywhere in the world reflecting its commitment to the globalization of art and its markets.

  • Found in the heart of Bloomsbury, the London campus is at the center of one of the world’s most important art capitals.
  • Located in the center of Manhattan, Sotheby’s Institute – New York offers easy access to New York's rich cultural and historical resources.
  • Known internationally as the worldwide hub for media, music and entertainment, LA is also a burgeoning axis of contemporary art.

London, England, United Kingdom

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