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This is an intensive 15-month Master’s (MSc) designed to give you unrivalled access to the art market. It is a programme that explores the important ethical and legal aspects of working in the commercial art world at the same time as giving you the opportunity to study the History of Art. Read more
This is an intensive 15-month Master’s (MSc) designed to give you unrivalled access to the art market. It is a programme that explores the important ethical and legal aspects of working in the commercial art world at the same time as giving you the opportunity to study the History of Art.

A unique feature of this programme is that it also provides you with work experience through an integrated placement at Christie’s.

Close collaboration between Christie’s and the University of Glasgow in the design of this programme has allowed us to combine academic rigor with professional real-life experience. Case studies conducted by experts in the sector are complemented by the work placement experience within Christie’s.

This programme is for you if you are dedicated to developing a professional career working in the art market. We welcome young achievers as well as career-changers capable of understanding the challenges of the commercial art world through cross-disciplinary study at the highest level.
This Master’s Programme is structured around three areas of study,

Art-world Business Practices
Art Law
Art History and Theory
You will participate in core lecture programmes in the History of Art leading to a summative examination. This course is complemented by a seminar in the History and Theory of Art and Culture. You will experience Law through lectures and seminars delivered by professional practitioners and you will complete case studies for yourself. For the duration of the course, you will also actively participate to the life of a department within Christie’s. Your experience of the Auction Business through this placement will be augmented by visits to at least three key international Art Fairs and events (such as FIAC Paris, TEFAF Maastricht and Art Basel Hong Kong), to enable you to explore the art world in a variety of contexts.

Your dissertation takes the form of Work Placement Report and Catalogue of an auction consignment. This will enable you to bring together all three areas of your programme of study: Art History, Law and Business Practice in a single piece of work.

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Do you want a career in the art world, but lack the experience and exposure to art history? Our unique Postgraduate Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art caters to a diverse range of students who hold an undergraduate degree. Read more
Do you want a career in the art world, but lack the experience and exposure to art history? Our unique Postgraduate Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art caters to a diverse range of students who hold an undergraduate degree. Designed to be creative and adaptive, the course will allow you to analyse the interests and practices of a fast-changing art world and fast-track your career change. The programme offers direct access to a range of professional practices, from cataloguing and curating contemporary art to the methodologies of art history and exposure to contemporary theory. You will work alongside students in our Master’s programme and be provided with substantial tutorial support. Particularly able and hardworking Postgraduate Diploma students may explore the possibility of transferring to Master’s level study during the second term.

Core components

The core lecture series – organized around a thematic of Modern, Anti-Modern, and Postmodern – underpins all components of the programme

Object-based study is central to our teaching and will provide you with the opportunity to study in direct contact with works of art through museum and gallery-based classes, specialist-led handling sessions, studio visits and conservation sessions. You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards through detailed case studies, assessing issues that affect market value. You will ll learn to analyse the different processes of assessment, classification and interpretation used by art institutions

Being engaged with current debates about curating will enable you to devise fresh approaches to the display of art works. You will explore practices in art criticism, developing skills to review exhibitions and produce reports

Our Culture and Ideology Seminars will teach you the in-depth analysis of relationships between art practices, cultural contexts and critical debates. You will develop skills to deliver presentations and generate seminar discussion. You will be involved in Methodology Seminars – the analysis of technical, art-historical and interpretative texts – that provide transferable skills for independent research and individual development

Study Abroad and follow the Contemporary Art Scene in Europe
You will participate in two study trips a year to major events in Europe and visits to UK sites throughout the year as key elements of a course that keeps pace with a fast-moving art world. These include exhibition visits and field trips to major international events such as the Venice Biennale, Berlin Biennale, Documenta and Munster Scuplture

Venice Biennale
Christie's Education is an educational partner in the Biennale Sessions that accompany the 55th Venice Biennale and Massimaliano Gioni's Il Palazzo Encyclopedico. Our programme in Modern and Contemporary Art and Art World Practice is visiting the Biennale in both June and November.

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