The Master of Arts in Art Business provides a powerful set of transferable professional skills and a solid foundation in the business and management practices essential to a successful career in the art industry.
Offered in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the Master of Arts in Art Business is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the many asset-driven sectors of the visual art world. With campuses in New York and London in addition to Los Angeles, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the undisputed leader in art market and art business education, provides students a broad perspective on the increasingly international world of art and its markets. Our program gives students access to a dynamic and innovative local arts community as well as to an international coterie of visual arts professionals via Los Angeles’s great museums, galleries, collections, and arts organizations.
The MA in Art Business provides a solid foundation based on instruction from a distinguished faculty dedicated to three pillars of management education: the “Drucker Difference,” the “Practice of Management,” and “Management in the Creative Industries.” Students typically pursue careers with auction houses, museums, public art organizations, and other art enterprises or they start their own innovative art businesses, such as galleries, media properties, or consulting and advisory firms.
- All students complete a Master’s Project of their own design, often directly related to an intended career path; think of it as the first piece of professional work in each student’s future art-world career.
- All students undertake field study outside of Los Angeles and work with art practitioners and professionals in thriving global cultural hubs like Hong Kong, Beijing, and Mexico City.
- After the first semester of study, students may choose to switch their degree program (from Art Business to Arts Management and vice versa) in order to take full advantage of the seven concentrations offered within the program. You may apply to either program and have access to the full curricula of both.