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M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Markets

Course Description

The goal of the M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market is for students to acquire essential knowledge about art, the art market and their reciprocal relationship, while simultaneously building practical skills in preparation for careers in the art world. The program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and through the use of Christie's sale rooms and specialist staff, exploration of the history of art.

This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and its markets from the mid-19th century to the present day. Led by an expert faculty, the integrated program combines the development of connoisseurship skills through object-based learning and investigative cataloguing and writing, art history, knowledge of current art business practices and the market, and art market history. Students study art works first-hand in sites of production and exhibition throughout New York City and beyond. Additionally, access to specialists and salerooms through our central location at Christie’s auction house enhances the program and provides a unique and exceptional learning opportunity.

Our Unique Approach

Access to a wide range of art professionals provides students with first-hand knowledge of the workings of the art world, and the transferable skills they need to become art world professionals. An intensive program, it takes only 15 months to complete and concludes with the writing of a Master’s thesis and a mandatory 45-day internship to help students launch their professional careers.

Who should apply?

The program is designed both for students who have recently graduated with a B.A. in art history or a related humanities discipline and for career changers wishing to gain access to the art world. Students from a wide variety of fields have successfully merged their prior backgrounds with the program, launching successful careers at auction houses, galleries, non-profits, art fairs and art advisories upon graduation.

Student Learning Results

- Acquire the skills to identify different mediums and assess an art work’s condition
- Learn to describe works of art and situate them in art history
- Gain an insider’s understanding of the structure of the art world and the interplay between the commercial and non-profit sectors
- Develop transferable professional skills such as cataloguing, building a collection for a client, and critical writing
- Acquire knowledge of the workings of the auction house
- Gain art business and art market knowledge
- Identify and apply different methodological strategies used in interpreting contemporary art
- Develop facility with current research resources for art history and the art market
-For gainful employment disclosures visit this page http://www.christies.edu/new-york/gainful-employment.aspx

Admission Requirements

NOTES: Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market are eligible for federal financial aid. International students enrolled in this program are eligible for F1 Student Visas. Details on how to apply for a visa are included in your admissions packet after being accepted into the program.

All admissions materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted in hard copy to Christie's Education Admissions 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

- Completed admission application form
- Non-refundable application fee of $95
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent international degree
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts, diplomas or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language in sealed envelope. Transcripts in other languages must be accompanied by English translations certified by official translation professionals or agencies
- All international transcripts must be accompanied by an equivalency report from World Education Services, WES.org
- Essay statement, 2–3 pages on why you are interested in the program
- Sample of writing, no more than 10 pages, which can be taken from undergraduate work
- Official GRE score report (optional)
- Official TOEFL scores report if applicable
- Three letters of academic or professional recommendation from writers who know the applicant’s abilities well. Letters should be sent in hard copy on letter head with original signatures
- Personal interview (by invitation only). Invitations will be sent once all application materials have been submitted

More information on program content, available resources and accreditation

Please visit this link http://www.christies.edu/new-york/courses/masters-modern-contemporary-art-markets.aspx

Visit the M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Markets page on the Christie’s Education New York website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarship and Financial Aid Options - No. of awards TBC

Christie's Education New York offers the Christie’s Education Faculty Scholarship to several MA students each academic year. Students can be awarded up to $10,000 in the form of a tuition remission. The decision is made based on a combination of need and merit. We also offer three graduate assistantship positions each year. Both the scholarships and the assistantships should be applied for at the same time that you apply for the program and application forms are available here.Scholarships are available to students regardless of citizenship. There are no scholarships available for Certificate, Part-Time or Short Courses at Christie's Education at either campus.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Federal Financial Aid is available to Christie's Education, New York students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in a Master's program. Christie's Education, New York's Federal School Code (FSC) is 036654. Please visit http://www.studentaid.ed.gov for more details on Federal Student Aid programs.Scholarships are available to Christie's Education, New York Master of Arts students, regardless of citizenship.Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] or +1 212 355 1501 with questions regarding Federal Student Aid or Scholarship options at Christie's Education, New York.

Application Procedure

You can complete an application for scholarships by visiting this page: http://www.christies.edu/~/media/Files/New%20York/applications/CE_NY_Scholarship_form2.ashx

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree. See below for further details.

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