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Your programme of study

If you are interested in the arts and you would like to monetise or create opportunity from the wide range of art forms, Aberdeen offer a programme which looks at the ways you can do just that and get paid for your efforts. The programme doesn't ask for both an art or business degree before entry but you should have general knowledge of the arts markets in galleries and museums. There are wide ranging galleries and museums internationally, some of which have UNESCO world heritage status and are able to draw in massive crowds, others struggle due to location or subject matter. It is for you to realise how these specialist areas can grow and benefit from visitors and how to draw out the value which makes somebody want to visit a specific attraction or buy a specific genre of art.

Within the programme you also discover the masters of deception within the art world and how forgeries and copies are made of well known works and less well known works within painting, drawing, sketching, sculpture and other art forms made famous by past masters. This is a fascinating world of 'Fake of Fortune' where you scrutinise every piece of evidence to decide. There is certainly a lot of interest in the art world made famous by experts on the BBC in the art world but you are not limited to this area, you can widen your interests within museums and galleries to learn curation and exhibiting different art forms.

The MLitt will appeal to you if you enjoy the visual arts of any kind and you want to embark on and international career in the art trade, heritage sector or museums. If you come from an arts background but want to learn the business side of things and the law regarding art purchase and copyright since origination and sale this is a great way of doing this and if you are from a business background but you have always had interests in the arts you get to learn about art forms, curation, exhibitions and periods of art rapidly.

Courses listed for the programme

  • Academic Writing for Divinity, History and Philosophy
  • Business Economics
  • Marketing Decision Making
  • Connoisseurship: Art in Scotland
  • Art and Business
  • Art and Business Dissertation

If you have no background in History of Art you may wish to take Modern Art

  • Marketing Communications
  • Business Model Innovation
  • The Leadership Challenge
  • Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art, and Museums
  • Curating an Exhibition
  • Developing A Theory of Practise: Learning and Museums
  • Qualification MLitt

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • University of Aberdeen is set in beautiful 'Old Aberdeen' with a wealth of museums and heritage at your disposal. The university also hosts some known works of art, painted by Scottish artists
  • The University works with known trade arts dealers including Hauser & Wirth, White Cube, Christies, Barbican Arts Centre, Weiss Gallery, The Scottish Gallery, Drum Castle and more
  • You learn the essentials of business combined with knowledge of arts markets and methods of showing works

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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Visit the Art and Business (MLitt) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!





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