Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

Welcome to London! Studying at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA), London is a great way to learn about the art world from professionals at the top of their fields.

  • Located in Bloomsbury in central London
  • International student body
  • Lectures are held both in the classroom and on-site at artistic hot spots around the city
  • UCEAP participants can study Art & Business, Art Museums, Galleries and Curating, or enroll in the Internship Programme

Learn more about

  1. The Campus
  2. The City

The internship has helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses in a professional environment, and helped me to improve upon my strengths… The Sotheby’s program has also given me insight into the inner workings of the art market at large, as well as the finer points of running a business in the art world.” – UCEAP Sotheby’s Instiute of Art student, Fall 2015

Top Five Things to do whilst at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

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The Sotheby’s Warehouse is just one of the many on-site learning locations students will have the chance to visit whilst studying abroad!

1. Refuel during a break between classes in one of Bloomsbury’s amazing cafes – try Store Street Espresso or the Camera Cafe!

2. Finish a group project in the Sotheby’s Institute’s brand new computer lab

3. Volunteer to be a docent at the London Art Fair

4. Catch up on course work at the Sotheby’s Institute library

5. Pick up some fresh fruit and veg from the Bloomsbury Farmer’s Market

Studying at Sotheby’s
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Sotheby’s Institute features many on-site amenities, including a cafe, library, and computer lab!

Sotheby’s Institute programmes are designed to offer students a pathway to a career in the international art world and as such the curriculum provides continuous opportunity for networking as part of each student’s professional development. The intensive, semester-long courses are split evenly between time spent in the classrooms of Sotheby’s Institute’s traditional Georgian building and hours spent at different galleries, museums and art houses around London.

Attending SIA also gives students exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Sotheby’s Auction House and Warehouse, an otherwise completely private space dedicated to housing and processing works of art and other valuables for auction. In the past, some of the guest lecturers for Sotheby’s Institute students in London have included the Assistant Curator of the National Portrait Gallery, top antique dealers, and even the Senior Cultural Policy Officer from the Mayor of London’s Office! These unique opportunities combined with the hands-on nature of the courses make SIA the ideal study abroad destination for UC students interested in pursuing a career in the art business.

Studying in London
The Frieze Art Fair is one of the many unique site visits that make the Sotheby’s Institute of Art stand out.

As students attend classes both at the Sotheby’s Institute just around the corner from the renowned British Museum and at locations across the city, they get to know the entirety of the London art scene, from Shoreditch street art to the Tate Britain’s oldest classics. Whether it’s attending class among the incredible works showcased at the Frieze Art Fair, visiting artist studios, or listening to a seminar at the Queen’s House and Royal Museums in Greenwich, London truly becomes your classroom when you study abroad at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Also, as Sotheby’s Institute does not have a large or traditional campus, students have the opportunity to find their own housing and live anywhere across the city that suits them.

The fact that the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London is based in Bloomsbury is another important reason why it’s such a desirable destination for UC students interested in SIA_London-45 - Copystudying abroad. Nestled between the University College London and King’s College London, Sotheby’s Institute is located in a student-friendly area within easy walking distance of Chinatown, the West End theatre district, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. The Institute is also just one street away from the famous Tottenham Court Road, which provides students with plenty of opportunities to keep busy after class trying new cuisines, catching a film at the Odeon or even doing a bit of shopping!

Interested in studying abroad at Sotheby’s Institute of Art? Click here to find out what the programme has to offer.

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