Postgraduate Connoisseurship: Mastering Aesthetics, Legal-economic Expertise and Valuation in Fine Arts
About the programme
This postgraduate program is based on the most recent discoveries in neuroscience, material analysis, art history, law systems, sociology and economics of the art market.
Critical visual cognitive-perception is the base of expertise and enlightened connoisseurship. Quality perception and visual awareness are reachable only through practice and evaluation, in front of the works of art, with the best mentors in the field.
- Optimize art expertise and valuation through practice with some of the world’s best specialized connoisseurs as mentors, in hands-on experiences with works of art.
- Enhance scientifically based knowledge about underlying critical visual cognitive-perception of fine arts through Neuroscience, Art history, Material analysis, Law and jurisprudence, Sociological aspects of authentication and market evaluation, Procedures of expertise, Economic data and art market trends
- An academic program in English with top expert lecturers from academia and major actors in the international art market
In cooperation with international partners at the occasions of major events in the art market
- Leading to an official academic certificate of 69 ECTS
- Comparative legal requirements and jurisprudence of different legal systems, procedures of legal authentication and valuation with experienced professionals, such as magistrates and expert scientists
The collaboration with CINOA, Groupe EAC (Paris), major fairs as TEFAF-Maastricht, some of the world’s best auction houses, the extensive photo library of the Documentation Center for the Flemish Patrimonium, the international networks of the professional staff and a wide circle of connoisseurs and art market professionals, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Jan De Maere, will provide students with a great variety of cognitive-perceptive ‘hands-on’ approaches of the works of art and antiquities.
An extensive network of experienced connoisseurs from museums, academia and the art market, will coach and direct the master classes in front of the original works of art.
Europe’s top collectors will disclose their private collections and will share their insights and motives. Le Prince de Ligne, le Marquis de Trazegnies and Alexander Herzog von Wurtemberg are only a few names among the distinguished collectors.
Details available on http://www.vub.ac.be/en/study/connoisseurship/programme
The duration of the program is 2 years, divided into 4 semesters with 69 ECTS in total.
The program consists of 8 modules. In modules 1 to 7 three levels will be distinguished: “introductory” (Semester 1), “advanced” (Semester 2) and “practical” (Semester 3). Module 8 is “thesis related” and is concentrated in Semester 4. Ideally, these levels follow a sequential order. However, due to the external opportunities presenting themselves at specific moments (expositions, auctions, …) which will be incorporated in the curriculum thanks to the collaboration of the international partners in the program, a certain flexibility is needed. Although in the first semester the “introductory” level has to be, and will be, taught, it should be possible to have a flexible approach concerning the “logical” sequence of the “advanced” and “practical” levels in order not to miss important events which are functional in the learning process of the students.
69 ECTS. The 8 different modules will be treated in each semester. Introduction, Advanced, Practical and Thesis.
Graduates already specialists in various fields of the world of arts
Professionals active in the world of art; auctioneers, museum managers, art dealers, advisors to collectors, cultural policy makers, experts, insurance brokers, lawyers, magistrates, artists, collectors and art lovers who wish to update their knowledge and academic skills
Specialists active in the world of art, graduates or holders of a higher education diploma.This postgraduate program is based on the most recent discoveries in neuroscience, material analysis, art history, law systems, sociology and economics of the art market.