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.
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.
- Navigating the Art World
- Introduction to Art Valuation
- Professional Practice in Art Business
- Principles of Business: Finance & Accounting
- Art Law: The Legal Life Cycle of Art from the Studio to the Market
- Field Study: Venice Biennale & Turin
- Methods of Research
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DisciplinesBusiness Administration Finance Liberal Arts View 995 other Masters in Business Administration in United States
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- Two letters of (academic) reference
- Personal statement (max 1000 words)
- A writing sample
- A CV/resume
- An interview
International44600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 22300 USD per semester and a duration of .
National44600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 22300 USD per semester and a duration of .
- Semester 1: $22,300 + Field Study $3,400
- Semester 2: $23,300 + Field Study $700
- Semester 3 Summer/Fall: $13,300 Thesis/Master’s Project only (submit in Fall)
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