Sotheby's Institute of Art

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Sotheby's Institute of Art
Established 1969
Address 30 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom

Sotheby's Institute of Art is an institution of higher education devoted to the study of art and its markets with campuses in London (UK), New York City and Los Angeles (USA). The Institute offers full time accredited Master's degrees as well as a range of postgraduate certificates, summer, semester and online courses, public programmes and executive education.


The Institute runs full-time Master's degree programs in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Art, East Asian Art, Contemporary Design, and Photography. At the London campus, Master's degrees are awarded by the University of Manchester.[1] In New York, Master's degrees are granted through the Regents of the State of New York and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.[2] In Los Angeles, the Master's in Art Business is awarded by Claremont Graduate University.[3]


Sotheby's Institute London is situated in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury (51°31′07″N 0°07′52″W / 51.51869°N 0.13116°W / 51.51869; -0.13116 (Sotheby's Institute of Art, London campus)), a well preserved Georgian square with a private central garden built between 1775 and 1783. The New York campus is located in midtown Manhattan (40°45′25″N 73°58′21″W / 40.7570°N 73.9724°W / 40.7570; -73.9724 (Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York campus)), and the institute in Los Angeles is located at Claremont Graduate University (34°06′15″N 117°42′49″W / 34.1042°N 117.7137°W / 34.1042; -117.7137 (Sotheby's Institute of Art, Los Angeles campus)).


Originally conceived as a training program for connoisseurship by Sotheby's auction house in 1969, Sotheby's Institute of Art aims to provide students with education on the business of art while exploring both the scholarly and practical sides of the art world. In 1995, Sotheby's Institute of Art – London was granted the status of an Affiliated Institution of the University of Manchester's Department of Art History and Archaeology.[4] At the end of 2002, Sotheby's sold its Institute to a US-based information and educational services firm, Cambridge Information Group (CIG), which retains the Sotheby's name.[5] The current President of the Education Division of Cambridge Information Group, and Sotheby's Institute of Art, is David C. Levy.[6] Sotheby's Institute continues to have strong links with Sotheby's Auction House, having members on the Sotheby's Institute of Art - London advisory board [7] and students having access to internships, auctions and exhibitions at Sotheby's.[8]

In September 2006, the Institute broadened its course offerings in New York and in 2010 the New York Institute received degree-granting authority from the Regents of the State of New York.[9] It has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1989. In 2013 Sotheby's Institute announced a partnership with the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, establishing a new master's degree in Art Business.[10] The Institute also began offering courses in mainland China in 2013[11] and in March 2014 announced a partnership with Tsinghua University to offer a six-week international field study programme with a professional certificate.[12]


  1. ^ "University of Manchester Art History Programmes". University of Manchester. 
  2. ^ "National Association of Schools of Art and Design". National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 
  3. ^ "Claremont Graduate University". Claremont Graduate University. 
  4. ^ ""Degrees on Offer at Sotheby's", Times Higher Education, 13/11/1995". "Degrees on Offer at Sotheby's", Times Higher Education, 13/11/1995. 
  5. ^ "Cambridge Information Group". Cambridge Information Group. 
  6. ^ "Cambridge Information Group Executive Team". Cambridge Information Group Executive Team. 
  7. ^ "Sotheby's Institute Academic Leadership News". Sotheby's Institute Academic Leadership News. 
  8. ^ "Sotheby's Trainee Auctioneer Day". Sotheby's Trainee Auctioneer Day. 
  9. ^ "Regents of the State of New York". Regents of the State of New York. 
  10. ^ "Claremont Graduate University Office of Communications". Claremont Graduate University Office of Communications. 
  11. ^ "Sotheby's Institute of Art Beefs Up Its Offerings in China, Blouin Artinfo, 16/08/13". Blouin Artinfo. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sotheby's Institute of Art to Partner with Tsinghua University". Artnet. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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