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Fields of Study: Art, Art History, Business Administration

Explore global art and cultural history through a curriculum focused on art discovery as well as art business, finance, and history. Take a course that helps you gain a range of sought-after hard and soft skills. 

Unique Study Opportunities

  • Study the intersecting social, technological, and economic factors that continue to influence and shape the international art world.
  • Take a critical approach to understanding how value in the art market is accrued and maintained, and who is included and excluded.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and Credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take one course for a total of 8 quarter/5.3 semester UC units.
  • Take the course for a letter grade.

Current Program Course

The Global Art Market (upper division UC credit) – explores the emergence and key concepts of the global market for art from the 18th to the 21st centuries through a discussion of its history, disruptions, and innovations. The course maps concepts, individuals, and institutions, and the various business models, and ethical and legal considerations that underpin the contemporary market. Students study globalized art market economy through a comparative study of different geographical market regions across time, including the emergence of new global art market centers and the rise of the millennial collector. Throughout the course, the auction house and the unique behind-the-scenes access provide a detailed and practical case study of the history, development, and future of this market.

Catalogs and Resources

The course offered is new, and there are currently no additional resources available.

Academic Culture

Classes at the Sotheby’s Institute are small by UC standards, and the smaller size creates a stimulating learning environment, often with more personal instruction and student-teacher interaction than at UC. Students at the Sotheby’s Institute are of all ages and come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. The international makeup of the student body generates a rich and dynamic learning environment.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades are expected to be available in mid-September.

Tip: If you intend to put yourself on your campus degree list for graduation while on UCEAP, consult your campus advisors before departure about possible delays in the degree verification process.