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The Master’s degree in Art Business program was introduced in 1998 and has pioneered the study of art business and the art market as both an emerging academic discipline and a vocational bridge for traditional art history students into the wider commercial art world. The Art Business MA faculty consists of both academics and art world practitioners, providing a balance between theory and practice to facilitate the understanding of the complexities of the art market and its main players.

About Our MA Students

Art Business students are introduced to established art markets of Europe and North America, as well as the emerging markets of China and South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Latin America. Field trips to art fairs as well as regular gallery and auction house visits develop first-hand knowledge of the art world and facilitate networking with its main players. Students also learn the skills of art business management and financial analysis. Elective units enable students to focus in depth on specific art market sectors and art businesses or on areas of art and related issues including contemporary Asian art, East Asian art, curating contemporary art and performance art.

Navigating the Art World

All of the MA programs are enhanced by a shared core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, which introduces students to the global art world and provides them with a comprehensive knowledge of art business principles and professional skills as well as critical understanding to mobilize at the completion of their degrees.

Program Structure

Semester 1 begins with the shared core curriculum unit, Navigating the Art World, followed during the first two semesters by two core units covering key areas of art business and the market. In Semester 2 students select two elective units, either pursuing further specialization in art business or undertaking options that will broaden and enhance their understanding of other areas of study, such as fine and decorative arts and design, photography or Asian art.

All students attend morning lectures, followed by a one-hour afternoon seminar. Students also have access to tutors for individual tuition. During Semester 3 (June to September) there is no formal teaching, with students researching their dissertation topics under the guidance of individual supervisors. At the start of the year, students are allocated to a personal tutor who supports their academic and personal development throughout the program. Throughout the year students will undertake study trips, including a visit to TEFAF in Maastricht and attendance at one other European contemporary art fair.

Build Your Concentration

The flexible structure of the Master’s program allows students to concentrate their studies on a chosen field by selecting 2 elective units. Specialist subject areas in which Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London faculty have high level of expertise include Contemporary Design, Photography, East Asian Art and Curating.

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MA Art Business, London Meet David Bellingham, Program Director of the MA in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London
The Details
  • Curriculum-at-a-Glance

    Curriculum-at-a-Glance

    ACADEMIC YEAR 2016 - 2017
    Units of Study
    Core Units


    • Navigating the Art World – Shared Core Curriculum

    • Art Business: Management and Finance

    • International Art World: Markets, Laws and Ethics


     
    Elective Units
    (Choose any two of the below)


    • Photography: Image and Power (1968–Now)

    • Curating Contemporary Art

    • Performance Art

    • Photography and its Markets

    • Art and Authentication

    • Contemporary Design and its Markets

    • The International Art World: Public Sectors

    • The Market for Antiquities and Old Masters

    • Strategic Management and the Art World

    • Emerging Markets

    • Ethics, Law and the Art Trade

    • Contemporary Chinese Art

    • Court and Literati Painting in East Asia

    • East Asian Ceramics

    • Curating Asian art



    Dissertation or Practice-Based Dissertation (MA only) 

     
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  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Dr David Bellingham, Program Director
    Dr Yasmin AmaratungaLecturer
    Mr. Tom Christopherson, Head of Art Law Studies
    Dr Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business Studies
    Dr Marios Samdanis, Unit leader of Art Business, Finance and Management
  • Course Fees & Application

    Course Fees & Application

    2016-2017 
    UK & EU Nationals
    Deposit: £500
    Semester 1: £ 9,550
    Semester 2: £ 10,050
    PG Dip total: £20,100
    Semester 3: £4,800
    Total: £24,900

    Non-UK/EU Nationals

    Deposit: £500
    Semester 1: £11,050
    Semester 2: £11,550
    PG Dip total:£23,100
    Semester 3: £5,700
    Total: £28,800
    These fees are exclusive of the cost of travel for study visits.
    Travel costs: £2,900
     
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  • Program Prospectus

    Program Prospectus

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

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    Juliette van Wessem, Admissions Manager
    Email: j.vanwessem@sothebysinstitute.com or Request Information
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3250

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