Fine and Decorative Art and Design

Sotheby's Institute of Art

22300 USD/year
22300 USD/year
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The curriculum of the MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design program offered by Sotheby's Institute of Art is based on a simple belief: the fundamental currency of the art world is objects.

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The Fine and Decorative Art and Design program at Sotheby's Institute of Art examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period, focusing on providing a strong foundation in the history of art, iconography, materials, and techniques in America, Europe, and Asia.

Students learn how to engage directly with the marketplace and gain essential skills in connoisseurship, valuation, and curation, which are necessary to study and evaluate objects.

The Institute’s large network of art professionals in New York and beyond – at museums, private collections, galleries, and auction houses – ensures that students get behind-the-scenes access, and learn firsthand how objects are made and handled. Internships at prestigious art and design fairs as well as travel and study trips form an essential part of this unique, participatory program experience. Students are exposed to different perspectives of looking at art objects and graduate with an essential understanding of global differences.

Whether in sales, valuation, art history, or cultural institution management at museums, galleries, or auction houses – graduates of the Master’s degree program in Fine and Decorative Art and Design are prepared for a range of careers and leave with an expanded professional network.

About Students

Students in the Fine and Decorative Art and Design program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects.

Graduates have the ability to think critically and actively seek ways to foster connections to art through interpretation. Alumni of the program now hold significant positions in galleries, auction houses, art and valuation consultancies, and museums. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Navigating the Art World
  • Connoisseurship: Theory & Practice
  • Introduction to Art Valuation
  • Art & Design: The Emergence of Global Trades
  • Decorative Arts: 1775–1900
  • Field Study: Venice Biennale & Milan
  • Fine Arts: 1775–1900
  • Modern & Contemporary Design
  • Methods of Research

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Rolling admission


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other 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

    22300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 USD per year and a duration of  .
  • National

    22300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 USD per year 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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