If you are interested in developing a career in the art market, this course is ideal. It offers a unique mix of academic tuition and exposure to London’s huge and dynamic art market.
You will have the chance to undertake site visits, including an overseas study trip, to supplement your learning.
You can also take advantage of the University's on-site galleries.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for entry as a probationer practitioner.
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.
Essays, seminar papers and presentations, case studies, and major research-based project or dissertation.
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; Professional Practice of Valuation; History of the Art Market; Dissertation; Research Concepts for the Art Appraiser; Research Proposal for Dissertation
Applicants should hold either a good honours degree or equivalent in any discipline; and preferably have either a degree qualification related to the subject material or a proven knowledge and interest in the subject demonstrated through, for example, work experience.
We welcome applications from mature applicants with proven relevant professional experience.
What this course offers you
This unique postgraduate course provides entry into the arts market appraisal industry. It is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Optional modules mean you can tailor the course to your own interests. The dissertation allows you to further focus on an area of particular interest and gain valuable research skills. You have the chance to undertake site visits, including an overseas study trip, to supplement your learning. You can also take advantage of the University's on-site galleries. Many members of staff are research active or professional practitioners, which keeps your learning cutting-edge. You also benefit from the input of leading practitioners in the field. The taught modules aim to hone your professional skills. Alongside your academic studies, you improve your skills in: problem solving and organisation; data collation, review and synopsis; communication (oral, written and electronic); time management; computing; and co-operation and teamwork. We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MA around other commitments.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
"When I applied for the Arts Market Appraisal MA* at Kingston, I was working full time so approached my employer for sponsorship. I wanted to use the masters degree to work towards my RICS accreditation, which my employer positively encouraged. I found that the course complemented my existing job within the auction world, and the staff at Kingston University were sympathetic to any conflicts in my timetable that arose from existing work commitments.
"There was a wide range of students from different backgrounds on the course, which brought a depth of experience to the classes. The facilities at Kingston were excellent, with tutors available to give as much or as little help as needed or wanted.
"I would recommend the course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the arts, especially if they have one eye on becoming a member of the RICS. Juggling work, studies and, in my case, a young family, requires a certain level of dedication and commitment – but the end results are worth it!"
The art market course at Kingston was instrumental for what I am doing today. I doubt I would be at the place where I am now without this course.
What the art market course taught me about the market, the dynamics of it, the history, the stories, the issues on authenticity, connoisseurship, collecting and auction business, continue to help me inspire my team and many more to join our project, as we are about to build the next logical step in art dealing history: a database to systematise the private art market.
So much of what I learned at Kingston helped me also in the Masters degree I finished soon after at LSE, in which I focused my dissertation yet again on the art market for a completely different subject (Information Systems).
Good honours degree or equivalent in any discipline; and preferably either a degree qualification related to the subject material or a proven knowledge and interest in the subject demonstrated through, for example, work experience.We welcome applications from mature applicants with proven relevant professional experience.
Recipient: Kingston University
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