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This course explores the visual and material culture that forms the roots of Western civilisation. The works of art studied are the basis of many of the great national collections in Europe, the Americas and Australia. Read more
This course explores the visual and material culture that forms the roots of Western civilisation. The works of art studied are the basis of many of the great national collections in Europe, the Americas and Australia. They include: Greek ceramics, Roman glass, medieval metalwork and ivories, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and panel paintings of the Renaissance. The course is appropriate for those who want to develop specialist knowledge of the history, materials, production processes, iconography, historiography and museum presentation of this material. The methodologies used are cross-disciplinary, embracing archaeology, art history, cultural studies and anthropology.

These modules are all underpinned with in-depth lectures from experts in the field, seminars and

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Christie’s Education is the first British institution to offer a Master’s programme devoted exclusively to Chinese art. While acquiring experience in object analysis, you will explore archaeological and historical contexts and the multiple narratives in the story of Chinese art. Read more
Christie’s Education is the first British institution to offer a Master’s programme devoted exclusively to Chinese art. While acquiring experience in object analysis, you will explore archaeological and historical contexts and the multiple narratives in the story of Chinese art. Starting from the Neolithic and Bronze Age art, the course covers pottery, bronze, lacquer, silk and jade, then examines Buddhism from the Han dynasty onwards, to the global reach of the ‘Silk Road’ in the Tang dynasty. Extensive treatment of artistic production during late imperial China—from the ’golden age’ of the Song dynasty to the High Qing—range through a variety of media such architecture, painting, printing, ceramics and luxury goods. The course also explores cultural developments from the 19th to the 21st century, when intensified contact with foreigners generated new practices, functions and meanings in Chinese art.

Crucially, the course will propel you into Chinese art-world practice and introduce you to the curators, scholars, artists, and dealers who shape the discipline. You will gain exposure to historical and current trends in the circulation of art within China and abroad, historically and to the present day. The programme takes on only a small and exclusive group of students each year and has already trained many of the next generation of art-world professionals in the field of Chinese art.

Object-based study is the foundation of our teaching and will provide you with relevant training for the public and commercial art worlds. This includes practical and research-based study of materials and techniques, style, dating, quality and authenticity. You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards. Handling sessions and visits to museums and to Christie’s warehouse form an essential part of the course. Engagement with current debates about curatorial practice will enable you to devise fresh approaches to the display and interpretation of art works. You will learn how to produce reports on works of art to a professional standard. You will explore varieties of art criticism, developing skills to review exhibitions. Methodology seminars equip you with the theoretical tools for the analyses of objects, and introduce you to major texts relating to cultural history and aesthetics.

The Arts of China core lecture series from the Neolithic period to the present underpins all components of the programme. The Culture and Ideology seminars will enable you to discuss the relationships among objects and broader debates around ancient to contemporary Chinese art. You will participate in study trips to UK museums and collections throughout the year and visit a European city with extensive collections of Chinese art (in recent years, Paris) in the spring, and Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in the summer. The programme will propel you into the centres of scholarly and artistic creativity, highlighting the impact of historical globalism(s) on the production and circulation of Chinese art.

The thesis, produced at the end of the year, presents an opportunity to create an exhibition catalogue around a small group of objects, independently researched, representing a synthesis of the key academic and professional skills learned on the programme.

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This course takes an integrated approach to the visual world, paying as much attention to the ‘decorative’ arts – furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and costume – as to the ‘fine’ arts of painting and sculpture. Read more
This course takes an integrated approach to the visual world, paying as much attention to the ‘decorative’ arts – furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and costume – as to the ‘fine’ arts of painting and sculpture. Students are taught both the visual skills with which to analyse works of art and the art historical knowledge with which to contextualize them. Teaching methods focus on object-based study and regular visits to Christie’s salerooms, museums and private collections are arranged accordingly. Students also attend lectures by faculty and visiting experts and participate in student-led seminars. Frequent trips to sites in the UK and abroad are also organized. Considerable attention is given to working in the art world and professionals employed in various different fields – from dealing, insurance and marketing to curating, publishing and set design – are invited to introduce students to the wide range of job opportunities that exist for them. Written assignments take the form of essays, reports, reviews and catalogue entries in order to help students apply their art historical knowledge in a professional context.

Course components
The core lecture series c.1450 – c.1930 underpins all components of the programme

You will participate in two international study trips a year to major events in Europe and visits to UK sites throughout the year

Object-based study is central to our teaching and will provide you with relevant training for the public and commercial art worlds. This includes practical and research based study of materials and techniques, scientific analysis, style, dating, quality and authenticity

You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards. Handling sessions and warehouse and museum visits all occur during the course

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 enable you to discuss works of fine and decorative art in their cultural contexts. You'll gain the skills to deliver presentations and generate seminar discussion

You'll be involved in Methodology Seminars - the analysis of technical, art-historical and interpretative texts which provide transferable skills for independent research and individual development

Entry Requirements

Completed application
A university degree, normally at 2.1 level
Applicants whose first language is not English should normally have IELTS 7
Applicants must also provide a 1,000 - 2,000 word writing sample on an art related subject
CV/Resume
Personal statement
Two academic letter references on institutional letterhead (or equivalent professional references for mature students)
Scanned colour copy of passport photo page and previous UK visas if applicable

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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. Read more
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..

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