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Master's in Modern and Contemporary Art

Course Description

This course in Modern and Contemporary Art is your entrance into the art world. Our unique programme thrives in the heart of London's international art scene, offering unrivalled access to works of art and professional practice. Working with both twentieth century and contemporary art, you will move between the lecture and seminar room and gain first-hand experience of exhibitions, auction previews, artists’ studios, art fairs, museums and private collections. Sessions are led by a wide range of art world professionals and include extensive object handling, cataloguing training, study of the practices of auction houses and galleries, curating workshops, and conversations with contemporary artists. With integral study trips abroad, work experience at Christie’s London and many networking opportunities, the programme aims to provide you with the depth of knowledge, practical and interpretive tools and confidence necessary to be able to imagine and develop your career working with art and artists in the international art world.

Course 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

Your thesis, produced at the end of the year, follows a professional and creative model of research and presentation that takes the form of an exhibition catalogue carried out to museum/gallery standards. You will evolve a topic through discussion, workshops and presentational work to outside curators. Your primary research skills with works of art, theoretical models and knowledge of art history will come together in this exciting summative project that represents a synthesis of the key academic and professional skills learned on the programme.

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

Venice Biennale
Christie's Education was once again an educational partner in the Biennale Sessions accompanying the 56th Venice Biennale, Okwei Enwezor's All The World's Futures..

Visit the Master's in Modern and Contemporary Art page on the Christie’s Education website for more details!

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Kate McKenzie

Associate Specialist, Christie's

"I knew that the hands-on experience would help me with my future career and indeed those are the skills that use every day in my job as a junior specialist at Christie's"


Christie’s Education Trust Scholarship - 5 Awards

The Christie’s Education Trust Scholarship has been created from funds held by the Trust to provide an opportunity for a graduate to undertake the Christie’s Education/University of Glasgow Master’s programme who otherwise would not be able to. There are five separate awards of £5,000.
The deadline is 26 May 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These awards are only available for Christie's Education students who are accepted onto one of our master's programmes. Applicants are required to demonstrate a commitment to the history of art. This can be through previous education, career achievement or demonstration of an academic or career plan.

Application Procedure

Please contact the Christie's Education Admissions Office on +44 20 7665 4350 or email [email protected]

Further Information



Lecture Assistant Bursary - 5 Awards

Responsibilities of a Lecture Assistant: Lecture Assistants are, jointly with the Programme Directors and the administration team, responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the courses.
Duties include:• Preparation of the lecture rooms and class rooms
• Assisting visiting lecturers, welcoming the speaker, making them coffee and assisting with their needs before and after the lecture
• Attending all lectures and running the slide projectors and other equipment throughout the lecture, fixing problems or calling for assistance as necessary
• Assisting the Learning Resources Manager with re-shelving and sundry library duties; duty to take no longer than one hour per week throughout the year
• Filing named artist slides in the slide library
• Helping in administrative matters such as photocopying and distributing handouts, tidying notice boards, keeping the common room and student kitchen tidy
• Assisting in setting up examinations, where possible
• Attending all field trips, visits, and sale room previews and assisting visit leaders with attendance lists and liaising with auction house staff as necessaryLecture Assistants are required to be available at Christie’s Education premises from one hour prior to the start of lectures, four days a week during term time. In addition they will be required to be present one week prior to the start of the first term and may be asked to attend one day prior to the start of the subsequent terms. During term time, helpers will be released for all lectures, classes, lunch and study days.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These grants are especially suitable for people who already have some work or voluntary experience.

Application Procedure

Contact the admissions officer at [email protected] or 011 44 20 7665 4350.Application deadline 22 May 2015

Further Information



English Speaking Union Scholarship - Single Award

The recipient will be expected to attend social events organised by the ESU and submit a written report upon completion of their studies.Deadline: 26 May 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants need to be able to show through their future plans how they would make a difference to the art world in their home country through studying at Christie's Education. This award is only available for students studying on our master's programmes.

Application Procedure

Please contact admissions if you have questions regarding the application process at [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A university degree. Non-English speaking students should normally have IELTS 7 or equivalent

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