Sotheby’s Institute of Art are to partner Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles to offer a new Master’s degree in Art Business.
Building on the training programmes for
connoisseurship first offered by Sotheby's in 1969, the one-year
course places the history and practices of western art and its
markets within a traditional framework of business, law, marketing
The first two 'semesters' include modules in
gallery and auction house operations, art collection management and
art evaluation, along with seminars and symposia at major art world
events, such as Art Basel Miami Beach and the
In the final part of the curriculum students
can choose to spend their time with Claremont's Drucker School
business faculty or at Sotheby's Institute's London or New York
campus. The course begins in autumn 2013.
David C. Levy, president of Sotheby's
Institute of Art, described the course as the first of its kind and
"a unique educational opportunity for students pursuing careers in
the international art world".
He added: "The opportunity it affords aspiring art professionals
to explore the evolution of the art markets, and to study their
foundations, principles and best practices under the direction of a
distinguished faculty of practitioners and scholars, is
unprecedented and much in demand."