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Sotheby’s Institute MA in Art Business at Claremont Graduate University prepares students for careers in the international art markets, exploring their evolution, principles and best practices within the context of the art world as a whole. Its curriculum builds on a framework of business, law, marketing and finance, supplemented by specialized modules such as appraisal and art evaluation techniques, gallery and auction house operations and art collection management.

Students also benefit from field-based study in Los Angeles’ great museums as well as privileged access to the city’s galleries and private collections. These hands-on experiences are supplemented by international travel-based coursework and the participation of world-renowned lecturers and visiting faculty.

Based in Los Angeles County, the artistic capital of the Western United States and the unrivaled center of the international entertainment industry, the MA in Art Business provides access to a dynamic and innovative arts community and to many of the world’s most creative arts professionals.

The vibrancy of Los Angeles and its innovative art scene provide a backdrop of excitement and creativity for the study of art and its markets as well as significant professional opportunities for the program’s alumni.


What's the difference between Art Business and
Arts Management?

Building on programs pioneered more than forty years ago by Sotheby’s Institute at its London and New York campuses, the art business curriculum is taught by distinguished faculty of art and business practitioners and is enhanced by the distinctive course offerings and expert faculty of Claremont’s Drucker School of Management. Along with its examination of western art markets, practices and history, the program opens important windows on the dynamically emerging markets of Latin America and Asia.


In an historic collaboration, Claremont’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and Sotheby's Institute of Art offer a three-semester program leading to the MA in Art Business granted by the Claremont Graduate University. This ground-breaking partnership between two of the world’s leading graduate institutions marks a unique approach to education at the intersection of art and commerce.

The Art Business Curriculum at a Glance
Semester 1: Fall
September - December, 2014
 The International Art Market [syllabus pdf]
 Art Law I
 Art Law II
 Financial Accounting
 Organizational Behavior
 Art Business On-site (Los Angeles)

Semester 2: Spring
January - May, 2015
 Art Law III
 Art Law IV
 Competing in Creative Industries
 Professional Practice: Studios and Galleries
 Professional Practice: Auction and Appraisals
 Marketing Management
 Art Business On-site (Hong Kong)
 Master's Project Methods
Semester 3: Fall
September - December, 2015
 Master's Project Seminar
 Three (3) Electives

* Past venues for field study have included: Art Basel Miami Beach, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Berlin, TEFAF Maastricht. Note that not all of these destinations are chosen every year.


Electives can be chosen from the upper-level art history courses of the The Claremont Colleges or from the Drucker School’s MBA offerings, Claremont’s MFA curriculum in studio art or its graduate programs in Arts Management or Museum Studies. Alternatively, students have the option of completing their entire third semester at either the London or New York campus of Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Regardless of which route is chosen, graduates are uniquely prepared for careers in the burgeoning asset-driven segment of the expanding international art markets.

For more than four decades Sotheby's Institute of Art has been preparing the art world leaders of tomorrow. Its graduates hold positions as owners and directors of major galleries, auction house experts, museum directors, curators, art advisors and legal experts along with a wide array of entrepreneurial endeavors in the creative industries worldwide.

We invite you to learn more about this new and innovative program and would be pleased to provide you with further information.

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