Sotheby's Institute Of Art - London

Our location in London is in the heart of Bloomsbury, only minutes away from the British Museum and within walking distance of the National Gallery and Sotheby's auction house, as well as the University of London.

Students at the Institute learn by studying, observing and handling original objects. The acquisition of practical knowledge such as professional catalogue entry or installing an exhibition coupled with academic requirements form the basis of the unique learning experience at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Sotheby's auction house provides students with privileged access to pre-sale viewings, talks by experts, and handling sessions. In addition, students visit the many commercial galleries, artists' studios and museums available in London. Such knowledge prepares students for a variety of careers in the art world.


United Kingdom

30 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury
Phone: +44 (0)20 7462 3232
Website: http://www.sothebysinstit

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Academic Staff and Description

Programmes are taught by some of the most knowledgeable and highly respected scholars in the field of art.
The combination of academic faculty, visiting tutors,specialist lecturers and Sotheby's experts provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience as well as an opportunity to develop a network of professional relationships.

Information For  Postgraduates

Master's Degree Programmes in London
Postgraduate Diploma in London
Semester Courses in London
Summer Study in London
Short Courses in London
Executive Education
Art Fair Courses
Sotheby's Institute Online

Master's Degree Programmes in London

Art Business
London is at the centre of the global art and antiques market, where dealers trade in Asian and Indian art alongside British and European.

This is a $60 billion plus industry, employing hundreds of thousands of professionals in small and medium-sized businesses as well as in a number of large enterprises, including auction houses, galleries, investment banks, insurance companies and other specialist service suppliers to the market. Many of our graduates now hold responsible positions in the international commercial art world.

The programme is not a business degree but a degree in the business side of art. It is designed for students with an art historical background who want to understand business theories and practice, as well as the technical and structural elements of the art ...  [ Read All ]


The Institute has over 6,000 alumni worldwide, many of whom direct galleries, work in museums, foundations and auction houses, or pursue careers in art journalism, consulting and related professions. Many others have become collectors or enrich their lives with an informed passion for art.

Graduates become members of our Alumni Association who have access to a range of services which help graduates with their careers.  

Student Testimonials

Coming from a business/management background, the one year Master's Degree programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art—London was exactly what I needed. The programme enabled me to speak more confidently about art, to put works of art into their historical context and to build a professional network that has proven invaluable to me in my current role.
Wolfram Schnelle
MA Contemporary Art, London, 2005

The Master’s in Art Business gave me the knowledge, skills and focus to move from the legal profession to the international art market. A key element of the programme was my exposure to leading art market professionals and an international group of peers, which have provided me with a truly invaluable network.
Josh Pullan
MA Art Business, London, 2006

The MA in Fine and Decorative Art is really quite the finest available. Unlike the more traditional art studies, it has a more intense practical approach – much needed in understanding art.
Jacob Khokhlov
MA Fine & Decorative Art, London, 2005

Having studied in London, I can say the experience is worth it, even weighing up the expenses in Londo...  [ Read All ]


Although the Institute does not arrange accommodation on behalf of students, we do have a comprehensive accommodation list that we give to students once they have registered.
This list provides a broad range of options to choose from - from flats (apartments) to bed-sits (studios). Most students choose the option of renting a flat whilst in London.

You can usually find a flat or room for a fixed short-term period, e.g. six months. It is also common to find fully furnished flats which can include linens, kitchen ware, etc. As with most large cities rent prices are extremely variable depending on the area and amenities.

When searching for accommodation we also recommend students consult accommodation guides or rental agencies. The Institute staff are always happy to advise.

How To Apply

Postgraduate Programmes
All postgraduate programmes (MA & PG Dip) require the completion of a BA degree or equivalent.
The usual pre-requisite for postgraduate study at the Institute is a bachelor's degree with a major or minor in Art History. Exceptions to the undergraduate art history requirement can be made, based upon an applicant's experience in the visual arts or the relevance of other areas of study.
For entry onto a Semester Programme, you do not need a degree.
It is suggested that those without formal art history backgrounds discuss their qualifications with the Institute's Registrar, Venetia Hill-Perkins, in London by e-mail at or phone at +44 (0)20 7462 3201, before submitting an application.
Prospective students who have an undergraduate degree in a subject other than art history and no other art background who wish to study a specialised art subject may qualify for admission through a satisfactory grade in one of the One-Semester programmes.

In this case, a further application for postgraduate study is required...  [ Read All ]

Visit us (open days)

We regularly hold Open Days in London where you have the opportunity to hear about our Master's Degree programmes first-hand from our faculty and ask questions. We also include an Alumni panel where graduates talk about their careers. Our Open Days take place during the afternoon and early evening at the London Institute, 30 Bedford Square, are free of charge and include refreshments.
If you would like to visit the Institute but you are not able to attend one of the open events, we are very happy to organise an individual visit. Please contact Cara Gillespie in London.

If you are located in Europe, we encourage all prospective students to attend one of our recruitment presentations scheduled throughout the year at locations throughout Europe. At these events you can learn more about our postgraduate programmes.
Manuel Mindreau, Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3208  

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