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  • Dates


    Fall 2022: September 6 - December 15, 2022
    Download the semester prospectus for more details.
    * Please note the Fall 2022 application deadline for international students requiring student visas is July 1 2022.
  • Curriculum


    STRUCTURE: The program is comprised of two units, one dedicated to the internship and one exploring art business.
    - The business unit, entitled Foundations of Art Business, contains a further two components: Foundations of the Global Art Market, and The Art Market in Practice. These classes are taught on two days a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) across the entire semester, while the internship takes place on Thursdays and Fridays, with occasional additional classes on Monday afternoons. Topics covered in this unit may include: the role of art fairs in the global art market, art finance and investment, intellectual property, marketing for the art world, and much more.
    - All internships are identified, arranged, coordinated and supervised by the Director of Career Services, a member of academic faculty and a supervisor from the host organization. During the internship, the Director of Career Services and a faculty supervisor work closely with each student to ensure that the placement is delivering useful and meaningful outcomes. Possible internship sectors include: commercial galleries, small specialist auction houses, PR firms, law firms, artists' studios, restoration companies, among many others.
    ASSESSMENT: For the internship component students undertake a number of assignments: a portfolio relating to the work experience, an art-world sector paper, and an oral presentation. These have been designed to help students reflect on the skills they are learning and the benefits gained from the internship experience, and also to help them determine if their current career goals are the correct fit for them. In the business unit students are assessed by seminar presentations, an examination on international art and auction law, and a detailed and comprehensive group business proposal.
  • Field Study Trips

    Field Study Trips

    First-hand encounters with art works and buildings are an integral part of the learning experience that enable students to gain a direct understanding of topics dealt with in the program. As London is a major center for art, the program includes a wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries, such as:
    - Sotheby’s auction house and storage facility
    - Greenwich
    We continue to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding COVID-19. We will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and will adhere to all government travel recommendations.
  • Faculty


    Jeffrey Boloten (Course Leader) is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd., the education partner of art market research firm, ArtTactic. With a business and law background, he was a director with several leading international publishers, including Penguin Books, and has held posts at the Tate and as General Manager of a London art college. Boloten is a frequent speaker and lecturer at international art fairs and conferences on topics including the global art, photography, and art investment markets. He is a Founding Member of PAIAM, Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.
    Guest Lecturers
    Designed to introduce students to art world's many career paths, this program features a wide range of top-level guest lecturers who provide a wide variety of perspectives on the industry. Previous lecturers have included: Brendan Mitchell (Head of Sotheby's Bids Department), Alia Al Senussi (Curator, art advisor, and patron), Louisa Buck (Art critic, author, and contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper), Sylvain Levy (Co-Founder of the DSL art collection), James Willington (International Finance Director, Gagosian Galleries), and Kirsten Dunne (Senior Cultural Policy Officer, Mayor of London’s Office).
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  • Student Stories

    Student Stories

    "I now have a more well-rounded understanding of the art world."
    —Veronica Henderson (Student)
    Hear from previous students about their experience.
  • Credit & Validation

    Credit & Validation

    The program is validated by The University of Manchester, one of the UK’s leading universities. Students who complete the program successfully will gain 60 University of Manchester undergraduate credits.
    This generally translates to 16 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits in the US system and 30 credits in the European (ECTS) system. Students currently enrolled at other colleges or universities should be aware that transfer of credit is always made at the discretion of the accepting institution. Therefore, applicants should confirm the feasibility of credit transfer with faculty advisors at their home school in advance of registration.
    Students completing this program also receive a certificate from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • Tuition


    Our programs require travel that may include visits to galleries, special collections, art fairs, and art-related events including destinations abroad on Semester programs. Local travel costs, i.e. (public) transport within London, are borne by the student and vary from program to program. Travel costs relating to scheduled trips to collections or museums outside of London but within the UK are borne by Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • Admissions


    Semester students come from a range of educational and professional backgrounds, from current students visiting from other institutions to career professionals looking to develop new areas of knowledge. As such, each application is assessed on an individual basis, and takes into account a variety of factors.
    For non-native English speakers, a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL score of 78 IBT is required.
    No prior art history or subject-matter knowledge is required.
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    Please note: If you are an international applicant you must be enrolled on an undergraduate degree program and must be able to demonstrate that you will be transferring the credit from this program towards your degree. Preference will be given to undergraduates studying the history of art.  International applicants will need to apply for a student visa to study the course. EU applicants with settled status /UK applicants with limited work experience will be considered for this program. Those with substantial work experience should consider other semester or MA programs, during which they will be able to draw on the support of the Institute’s Careers Service to find jobs or internships

    Important Notice for Fall 2022 applicants: If you are an international applicant who requires a student visa to study this course, you must be enrolled at a Sotheby's Institute partner institution to qualify for entry. Direct applicants to this programme will not be accepted.

    View our terms and conditions.
    For further information, please contact: or +44 (0)20 7462 3232

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