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The global art market is the circulatory system of the art world. Business transactions are the lifeblood of the system, moving art from the studio to the gallery, the auction room, the collector’s home, and the museum. Along the way, artists, dealers, art advisors, curators, art handlers, insurers, and auction house experts engage in a complicated dance to build and sustain the value of the work and the careers and interests of all parties.

The Art Business program at Sotheby's Institute of Art is unique in offering an unprecedented array of electives exploring all aspects of art business, connoisseurship, and curation. Students work closely with their academic advisor to design a course of study in which more than half of the program is tailored to help them achieve their career goals.

Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and stays in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market.

About the Students

MA in Art Business students bring a wealth of complementary backgrounds to the program, with students of art and art history, lawyers, and entrepreneurs combining their expertise to develop innovative group projects and, after graduation, new art business ventures. 

What brings them together is a desire to learn about the intersection of art and its markets and the economics of art in the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers and are ready to join the next generation of leaders in the international art world.

With over 8,000 global alumni holding an MA from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the student body is highly international and continues in an active network after graduation.


Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY holds permanent degree-granting authority from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Programme Structure

  • The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. 
  • New York is our classroom — the center of the international art world — with hundreds of galleries, museums, and art fairs, plus Field Study travel to Miami for Art Basel or to Venice for the Biennale in alternating years. 

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                English Language Requirements

                                This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                                Academic Requirements

                                General Requirements

                                • Academic transcripts/mark sheets
                                • Two letters of (academic) reference
                                • Personal statement (max 1000 words)
                                • A writing sample
                                • A CV/resume
                                • An interview

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International

                                  69000 USD/year
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                                • EU/EEA

                                  69000 USD/year
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                                Living costs for New York City

                                • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
                                  Living Costs

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