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Delve into the theories and practices essential to operating and running large scale or entrepreneurial art businesses.

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.

Academic Structure

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.

The Details
  • Prospectus

    Prospectus

    Click here for a copy of the MA prospectus.
    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.
    In the first semester, Navigating the Art World (30 credits) brings students from all 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.
    Core units (60 credits) for the Art Logistics degree include Operations: Client, Object, Location and Art World Logistics. Students take two 15-credit electives across a variety of offerings for deeper expertise or to develop specialties. This completes the taught Postgraduate Diploma element of the degree. For the MA degree, students must complete the 60-credit dissertation in their third semester.
    Note: Course offerings subject to change
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    In addition to his role as Program Director for MA Art Logistics, Gareth Fletcher also teaches on other topics at the Institute, including art crime, strategy and risk management, strategic planning for gallery business management, and contemporary art. He has received a TECHNE AHRC scholarship to pursue his PhD examining the semiotics of provenance as institutional construct in the establishment of cultural and economic value in the market for Near Eastern antiquities. His publications include: Fakes, Forgeries and Thefts,’ in Art Business Today: 20 Key Topics (2016) and The Ethics of Provenance Research and the Art Market (2018).
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  • Admissions

    Admissions

    Now accepting applications for MA programs starting in fall 2020. For admissions requirements and an overview of the application process, please click here.
    Space is limited so we strongly encourage qualified candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
    Deadlines for Fall 2020 MA program:

    • Regular Decision/Final Financial Aid Deadline: March 2, 2020

  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Semester 1: £10,850 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,000 (other countries)
    Semester 2: £11,350 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,500 (other countries)
    Semester 3*: £5,500 (UK/EU citizens) or £6,700 (other countries)
    Fees:
    Deposit: £1,000
    Field Study Trip fee: £2,350 (to be paid in Semester 1)
    *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

    European study visits provide first-hand experience of logistics in an international art world context. International destinations for this program include Turin, Venice, Amsterdam, and Maastrict. In addition to the study trips, there are also regular visits to galleries and other related art locations in and surrounding London.
  • Questions?

    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 3219
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