Close Request Information
Back to Master's Programs in London

Become an art business expert through the in-depth exploration of art markets and management.

The Master’s degree in Art Business offers a unique opportunity to study the art market right at the hub of the cultural and commercial art world: London. It provides students with an academic but highly practical understanding of those areas considered most important by art world professionals and employers: finance and management; law and ethics; and global art market dynamics. The MA in Art Business provides students with the necessary theories and skills to enable them to develop both a critical and practical understanding of art business. Students are also equipped with the necessary mathematical skills to enable them to engage in sophisticated financial analysis and business planning. Graduates of this program will thus emerge with the ability to place the art object within both its aesthetic and commercial context, and to discuss the legal/ethical implications of its historical provenance and current location.

Academic Structure

The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. The Master’s degree is awarded for 120 taught credits across two semesters, as well as the completion of a 60-credit dissertation over the course of an additional semester. The program is of twelve months’ duration.

The first two semesters are intensively taught on three to four days per week. All students attend lectures, usually followed by a one-hour seminar. After seminars, students have access to tutors for individual instruction. In the first semester, Navigating the Art World (30 Credits) brings students from different MAs together for an introduction to the art world and to a variety of postgraduate research skills and methodologies within the disciplines of art history and art business. Later in the program, specialist electives can be chosen from across all Institute Master’s programs, allowing a student to build a personalized Master’s profile. Students take two 15-credit electives across a variety of offerings for deeper expertise or to develop specialties. Core units (60 credits) for the Art Business degree include Art Business: Management and Finance and International Art World.

For the MA degree, students must complete the 60-credit dissertation in their third semester. During this final semester there is no formal teaching, with students researching their dissertation topics under the guidance of individual supervisors. At the start of the program, students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their academic and personal development throughout. Lectures are given by members of the faculty as well as by consultants whose main work is within the art world, thus facilitating networking opportunities.

The Details
  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    January 11, 2021 – December 2021
    The first and second semesters will take place onsite in London (circumstances permitting). The final semester is devoted to the dissertation.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 27, 2020
  • Curriculum & Schedule

    Curriculum & Schedule

    CURRICULUM
    Click here for a copy of the MA prospectus, which includes curricula, course descriptions, and information for all London Master's programs.
    SCHEDULE 

    • Spring 2021: This cohort’s first semester begins the week of January 11, 2021 in person on our London campus, circumstances permitting. In addition to core coursework, students take two elective (including the opportunity to apply for a work placement elective which includes an accredited internship), and two or more field study trips, travel and health advisories permitted.

    • Summer 2021: Students complete their on-campus studies by August 13, 2021.

    • Fall 2021: The dissertation is to be completed by December 2021.

  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Dr David Bellingham (Program Director) is an art historian and author. In addition to his role as Program Director, he also sits on the education committee of the Guild of Arts Scholars, which supports and promotes the study of art history in schools across London and the South-East. He has published numerous books and articles on a variety of subjects, including: art fairs, art business ethics, Greek & Celtic mythology, the art market for classical sculpture and frescoes, the paintings of Sandro Botticelli, and authenticity issues in the paintings of Frans Hals.
    Dr Iain Robertson is an art business consultant and expert. He has written over one hundred articles in the arts and national press. He consults for banks in Asia and Europe and is visiting professor to Tsinghua and Lisbon Universities. His books include: Understanding International Art Markets and Management (2005), The Art Business (2008), and Art Business Today: 20 Key Topics (2016).
    View all faculty
  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Semester 1: £10,850 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,000 (other countries)
    Semester 2 + Travel Fee*: £14,900 (UK/EU citizens) or £17,050 (other countries)
    Semester 3**: £5,500 (UK/EU citizens) or £6,700 (other countries)
    Deposit: £1,000
    *Travel fees are indicative only and subject to change.
    **Students pursuing a two-semester Postgraduate Diploma do not incur Semester 3 tuition.
    For more information on tuition and program fees, click here.
  • Field Study Trips

    Field Study Trips

    All of our Master’s programs include field study opportunities that enable students to become immersed in the international art community. Field study contextualizes lectures and discussions through visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artists’ studios, and more.
    In-person field study trips are planned to commence in Spring 2021. Destinations are yet to be determined.
    We continue to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding COVID-19.  We will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and will adhere to all government travel recommendations.
  • Admissions

    Admissions

    Now accepting applications for all MA programs. For admissions requirements and an overview of the application process, please click here.
    View Terms & Conditions
    Space is limited so we strongly encourage qualified candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
    Questions?
    Some of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions section of our website. If you do not see your question, we are happy to help. All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office to schedule a one-on-one information session to learn more about the program, the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.
    Email us: admissionslondon@sia.com
    Call us: +44 (0)20 7462 3232

Have a Question?

Provide your contact information and we’ll send you more information about our courses.

Continue Exploring

Request Information Meet Our Alumni Careers