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Art Market & Appraisal (Professional Practice) - MA

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If you are interested in developing a career in the art market, this course will prepare you for the opportunities lying ahead. MA Art Market & Appraisal allows you to develop key skills necessary to understand international art markets in a complex and changing art world.

It draws on a high standard of academic teaching by recognised scholars as well as on insights from art market professionals. The course is delivered through a carefully programmed mix of expert academic tuition, hands-on workshops and frequent exposure to a vast range of enterprises operating across different areas in London's dynamic art scene.

This degree is taught in the Department of Creative and Cultural Industries, part of Kingston School of Art.

Key features

-Benefit from a systematic approach to an understanding of core functions of the art market across different periods and mediums, from pre-modern markets to today; core modules include history of the art market, art law and professional practice.

-You are located within an art school environment where creative works are produced on a daily basis. Make the most of this unique environment and try out our workshops and rub shoulders with designers and makers.

-You will have the chance to undertake site visits, special behind the scenes tours, as well as overseas study trips, to supplement classroom learning.

-It is the only art and antiques course worldwide accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

-Hear it from the experts - art market professionals are at hand to share their experience and expertise. Guest Speakers in the academic year 2017/18 include:

  • Experts from Christie's Auction House
  • Experts from Axa Art Insurance
  • Independent Art Evaluators
  • Gallerists
  • Artists
  • Art Fair Organisers
  • PR Recruitment Agencies

What will you study?

With an emphasis on understanding how the art market functions, you will be introduced to a wide range of businesses, collections and professionals. You will also study the economic and legal contexts within which professional practice is grounded, and gain the ability to apply techniques related to the valuation of objects used within industry. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a particular specialist area of the art market, which may include anything from antiquities to cutting-edge contemporary art.

Assessment

Essays, seminar papers and presentations, case studies, and major research-based project or dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

  • Art and Law
  • Cultural Heritage: Ethics, Trade and Globalisation
  • History of the Art Market
  • Major Project
  • Professional Practice (Art Market)

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Visit the Art Market & Appraisal (Professional Practice) - MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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