Sotheby's Institute of Art (London)
Fine and Decorative Art and Design
The Master’s in Fine and Decorative Art and Design derives from the oldest programme at the Institute, the 'Works of Art' course, which started in 1969. It offers an integrated study of fine and decorative art and design based on case studies drawn from the late Renaissance through to the late Twentieth Century. These studies are used as lenses through which to examine the production and materiality of art objects, and to consider aspects of consumption, including patronage and collecting and the historical and contemporary art market. Students are equipped with sophisticated visual, critical and research skills, enabling them to work in all areas of the international art world.
The programme welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds who are motivated by an object-based approach to the study of the fine and decorative arts, and who wish to pursue a career working closely with art works, whether in an auction house, commercial gallery, art fair, museum, or as a consultant or independent researcher. Students are able to specialise in areas of particular interest within the fine and decorative arts. In addition, students take two focused options which complement the core teaching, choosing from a range offered across the MA programmes.
All MA and Postgraduate Diploma 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 analyse required subject matter fluently in English.
Work experience is not required. However, relevant employment and/or internships enhance a student’s application.
The priority deadline for MA applications is 1 March 2016. Applications received after 1 March 2016 will be considered based on space availability.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2016 – 2017
- Navigating the Art World – core curriculum
- Fine and Decorative Art: Production and Patronage Fine Art
- Art and Design: Modernity and Modernisms
- Art and Authentication
- Contemporary Design and its Markets
- The International Art World: Public Sectors
- The Market for Antiquities and Old Masters
- Strategic Management and the Art World
- Emerging Markets
- Ethics, Law and the Art Trade
- Curating Contemporary Art
- Performance Art
- Photography: Image and Power
- Photography and its Markets
- Contemporary Chinese Art
- Court and Literati Painting in East Asia
- East Asian Ceramics
- Curating Asian art
- Dissertation projects (MA only)
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|PgDip||Full-time||£ 23,100 per Whole course (home fees)||8 months|
|MA||Full-time||£ 28,800 per Whole course (home fees)||12 months|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Sotheby's Institute of Art, London||Camden||WC1B 3EE||South East|