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This exciting course provides students with an intensive introduction to the ever-changing global art market and the individual sectors which comprise it, whilst promoting an appreciation of how these sectors perform under varying economic conditions.

Structured around a season of prestigious summer sales at Sotheby’s, the course provides students with an insight into the mechanics of the leading auction houses and the art world as a whole. With the help of Bond Street experts students explore the preparation and organization of major Sotheby’s auctions, how the quality and value of objects are assessed and validated, and they learn to interpret the results of specific sales as they happen.

The course also includes a diverse schedule of visits to galleries, museums and historic buildings which aims to promote an enhanced understanding of the aesthetic and financial value of an array of art objects.

The course is introductory and requires no prior knowledge of the field.

Students are taught by a range of experts in various fields related to the art market. The teaching approach emphasizes object-based learning, enabling students to gain confidence in evaluating different art objects. Students develop their visual and critical abilities whilst enhancing the commercial skills that are essential for working in the art world.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Session I: 30th May - 23rd June 2017
    Session II: 27th June- 21st July 2017

    Please note this course runs in session I and then repeats in session II.
  • Faculty


    David Bellingham - Course Leader
    Jeffrey Boloten - Course Leader
    Gareth Fletcher - Course Leader
    Angus Haldane
    Anders Petterson
  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics

    • Sotheby’s and the art market in London

    • The Modern and Contemporary art market

    • Impressionist and Modern Art sales

    • Researching the art market and using art market databases

    • Valuing art

    • Ethical and heritage issues in the art market

    • Legal and business issues in the art world

    • Emerging markets and art as an investment asset

    • The auction process

    • Classical antiquities and the art market

    • Art funds

    • Art collectors

    • Curating and promoting exhibitions

    • Taxation issues in the art world

    • Wine at auction – investing in pleasure


    Suggested Reading

    • Adam, G. (2014) Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century (Lund Humphries)

    • Degen, N. (ed) (2013) The Market (Documents of Contemporary Art) (Whitechapel Art Gallery)

    • Findlay, M. (2014) The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty (Prestel)

    • Robertson, I. (2016) Understanding Art Markets (Routledge)

  • Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits
    Four-week summer courses are validated by The University of Manchester. Students completing one four-week Summer Study course are awarded 20 University of Manchester undergraduate credits.


    Students are assessed by a slide test, written art market report and oral presentation. These are intended not only to assist students in their understanding of the subject matter of the course but also in developing a range of skills useful for work in the world of the art market.
  • Study Visits

    Study Visits

    London is a major player in the global art market. A variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries forms an integral part of the learning experience.

    Sample venues:

    • Tate Modern

    • Greenwich (Royal Naval Hospital and Queen’s House)

    • Saatchi Gallery

    • British Museum

    • Riflemaker Gallery

    • Sotheby’s Auction House

    • The Wallace Collection

    • Colnaghi Gallery

    • Hoxton Gallery

  • Course Fees And Application

    Course Fees And Application

    £2,850 for one four-week course
    £4,900 for two four-week courses

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    Please note this course runs in session I and then repeats in session II.
  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Samantha Roberts-Aird, Admissions Officer
    Email: or Request Information
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3251

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