Art Business, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 14 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
The MA in Art Business prepares students for careers in the commercial art world. The programme is not a business degree but a degree in the business side of art, designed for students with an art historical background who want to understand business theories and practices as well as the technical and structural elements of the art market.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


London is at the centre of the global art and antiques market, where dealers trade in British, European, Asian and Indian art. This $60 billion plus industry employs hundreds of thousands of professionals in small and medium-sized businesses as well as a number of large enterprises including auction houses, galleries, investment banks, insurance companies and other specialist service suppliers to the market.

An important theme of this programme is its analysis of a wide range of art market sectors. Students learn how to evaluate and market art objects from antiquity to the present day and participate in a large number of visits to commercial and public galleries and other art institutions in London, throughout Europe and other cultural centres internationally.

With an historic address at 30 Bedford Square, the Institute’s London campus is located in the heart of Bloomsbury as part of the broader “academy” that includes the British Museum, the Architectural Association, and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art. The Institute is within walking distance of Sotheby's Auction House, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy, and the University of London. Other major galleries and museums are within easy reach such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Kensington Palace, and Hampton Court Palace. The capitals and art centres of Europe are easily accessible from London, making their vibrant art markets and legendary cultural resources readily available to the Institute’s students and faculty.


Our degrees are awarded by the University of Manchester in the UK and combine professional training with academic study.

Programme Structure

Curriculum-at-a-Glance for 2015 - 2016


September - December 2015

•Navigating the Art World [Part I]

•The International Art World: Private Sector and Public Sphere [Part I]

•Ethics & Law in the Art World [Part I]

•Art Business, Finance and Investment [Part I]


January - May 2016

•Navigating the Art World [Part II]

•The International Art World: Private Sector and Public Sphere [Part II]

•Ethics & Law in the Art World [Part II]

•Art Business, Finance and Investment [Part II]


May - September 2016

•Dissertation (MA only).

Students prepare a dissertation under the supervision of their tutor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: September 2015
  • Full-time duration 14 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

All MA, Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate applicants are required to have completed a BA degree or its equivalent. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to registration.

Applicants should demonstrate the following skills:

·The ability to perform at a postgraduate level, as indicated by academic achievement and recommendations.

·Knowledge of art history. This generally requires an undergraduate art history major or minor. In special cases, art-related work experience or exceptional exposure to art making and/or collecting will satisfy this requirement. (Applicants with insufficient art history background may be required to take coursework at the Institute or an institution of their choice that is approved by the Institute’s faculty.)

·The ability to speak, write and analyze required subject matter fluently in English.

Required Documentation:

·Academic transcripts/marksheets.

·Two letters of reference.

·Personal Statement (max 1000 words). Please tell us about your reasons for your choice of program, any relevant academic or art related experience, and your future career goals.

·A writing sample.

·A CV/resume that includes all relevant art related background.

·English language proficiency exam. The Institute does require an English language Proficiency Exam for non-native English speakers. We require the following exam score for Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes: IELTS level 7

·An Interview.

·A non-refundable application fee of £50 (GBP).

Tuition Fee

2015-2016UK & EU Nationals Deposit: £500
Semester 1: £ 9,450
Semester 2: £ 9,950
Semester 3: £4,800
Total: £24,700
Non-UK/EU Nationals Deposit: £500
Semester 1: £10,600
Semester 2: £11,100
Semester 3: £5,500
Total: £27,700
These fees are exclusive of the cost of travel for study visits.


Sotheby´s Institute of Art offers a range of financial assistance through both needs-based (financial assistance) and merit-based (Scholarship) awards across all postgraduate-level programmes. All candidates may apply for financial assistance on a rolling basis. Scholarship awards are highly competitive and have a deadline for submission.

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