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The MA in Contemporary Art program from Sotheby's Institute of Art covers developments in contemporary art from around the world, concentrating on recent practices and on changing institutional structures.  

An intensive program of lectures by faculty members and guest speakers of international standing, guided visits to major London venues including Tate Modern and Frieze, small group seminars, workshops, and individual presentations, help students gain confidence in reflecting and speaking on all forms of contemporary art – from painting and sculpture to video and installation as well as the most recent web-based, collaborative, and multidisciplinary practices.

During the first semester, following the institute-wide shared core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, students move on to the specialist study of contemporary art, focusing on the period between 1968 and 1990.  Semester 1 also includes regular gallery visits and extended study visits to Paris and Northern Germany. In Semester 2 we look at the period between 1990 and the present, concentrating on a small number of topical issues and debates. 

The second semester includes an extended study visit to the Venice Biennale or to Holland and Belgium, and studio visits.  

The structure of the program allows students to concentrate their studies on a chosen field by selecting two elective units, either pursuing further specialization in contemporary art or undertaking options that will broaden their understanding of other areas of study, such as fine and decorative art and design, modern and contemporary Asian art, or art business. In Semester 3, students prepare and write their dissertations under the supervision of their tutors.

About the Students

The MA in Contemporary Art program welcomes prospective students who have an interest in gaining a strong understanding of historical developments, critical debates, and institutional networks in the increasingly global world of contemporary art. 

Students graduate from this intensive year-long program with in-depth knowledge and professional preparation to work in any area of contemporary art.

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.


Accredited by University of Manchester

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Navigating the Art World – Shared Core Curriculum
  • Contemporary Art Histories
  • Debates in Contemporary Art
  • Photography: Image and Power (1968–Now)
  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • Performance Art
  • Photography and its Markets
  • Art and Authentication

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

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    31100 GBP/year
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    26300 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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