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 [2] a Russell Group university. 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 . [3] In Los Angeles, the Master's in Art Business and Arts Management degrees are awarded by Claremont Graduate University . [4]


Sotheby's Institute London is situated in Bedford Square , Bloomsbury ( ), a well-preserved Georgian square with a private central garden built between 1775 and 1783. The New York campus is located in midtown Manhattan ( ), and the institute in Los Angeles is located at Claremont Graduate University ( ).


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. [5] 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. [6] The current President of the Education Division of Cambridge Information Group , and Sotheby's Institute of Art, is David C. Levy . [13] 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 [8] and students having access to internships, auctions and exhibitions at Sotheby's . [9]

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. [10] 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. [2] The Institute also began offering courses in mainland China in 2013 [2] and in March 2014 announced a partnership with Tsinghua University to offer a six-week international field study programme with a professional certificate. [2]