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MBA in Contemporary Art: Sales, Display and Collecting

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

This 10-month program focuses on the analysis of contemporary art work and the understanding of evolving demands of the art market in a global context. The techniques of management, communication, marketing and the knowledge of law and regulations contribute in providing the expertise required when working in the field of contemporary art.

Based in the heart of Paris, on the premises of IESA Art & Culture, students are within easy access to all the major Parisian museums, auction houses and contemporary art galleries. Class visits to the most prominent contemporary art museums, galleries, and auction houses are organized to allow students to dialogue with curators, art historians, and gallerists.

Study trips to art centers in France are organized during each semester to allow students to network with seasoned professionals in the art sector.


The program consists of 3 trimesters:

2 trimesters of classwork (Oct-Dec/ Jan-March) and a trimester dedicated to internships (April-June) allowing students to gain professional experience (Jan-March).

During the last two trimesters, students will work on a personal project to be presented in front of a professional jury in order to validate the certificate.

Each trimester contains 200 contact hours over a 10-week period. Courses are taught in English.

Students are attributed a mentor for personalized coaching and will follow group methodology sessions to guide them in the research and development of their personal project.

1st trimester:

The History of the Contemporary Art in Europe and United States; the Economics of the Contemporary Art Market; Art Law; Art and Project Management; Communication and the Marketing, Research, Development and Management of Artistic projects (content, business plan, legal structure, communication, marketing); visits and workshops with professionals.

2nd trimester:

The Current and Future Art Markets, the History of Contemporary Art Outside of Europe; E-communication and E-marketing of Art and Luxury Products; Negotiating Sales of Art Objects; Promoting Artistic Projects, a Brand, Artists, and Contemporary Art and Luxury Products; Exhibition planning; Visits and Workshops with professionals; Methodology; mentoring sessions.

3rd trimester:

Full-time internship, methodology sessions, sessions with mentor to follow up on personal projects.

Visit the MBA in Contemporary Art: Sales, Display and Collecting page on the IESA - School of Arts & Culture website for more details!

Entry Requirements

- BA completed +1 year postgraduate studies OR 1 year work experience- English: IELTS 6.0 minimum (or equivalent)

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