This pioneering Master’s program provides students with the diverse practical training and theoretical overview necessary to excel in one of the most important career paths in the professional arts world. The art world is a vast, complex, and rapidly changing environment where the care, display, and movement of art objects are multi-million dollar issues requiring high levels of thought and expertise. Students in this program will explore these operational approaches toward art objects and the logistical issues related to moving art from one location to another. They will become familiar with the power of positive disruption through technology and the growing use of big data and digital applications in business practice. Expertise and a fully-fledged understanding of logistics can lead to careers that form the backbone of the arts industries and the operations of cultural exchange.
The MA in Art Logistics aims to provide students with the necessary theories and skills that enable them to develop both a critical and practical understanding of art logistics. The Art Logistics graduate will have an advanced understanding of the fundamental role of operations within the art world, with a confident grasp of areas such as collections management, registrar and inventory systems, signage and labelling, and the legal and ethical issues arising from provenance and conservation considerations. Personal tutors aim to improve the written and oral presentational skills of their tutees, relative to art logistics contexts, and to facilitate opportunities for internship and employment within the art world.
The program is of twelve months’ duration, from September to September. The first two semesters (before and after Christmas) are intensively taught. In the second semester, specialist electives can be chosen from across all Institute Master’s programs, allowing a student to build a personalized Master’s profile. During the third semester (June through 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 a personal tutor who supports their academic and personal development throughout the program. 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.
Study visits and trips are an integral part of the program, with traditional and contemporary art fairs forming the subject of the European trips. In addition, weekly visits to museums, commercial galleries, and investment banks provide privileged exposure to the London art scene.