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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.

This program will be delivered online in January and February 2021 with in-person studies commencing in March 2021, as public health advice allows.

Academic Structure

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 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 and runs from January 2021 through December 2021.

The first two semesters are intensively taught. 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. 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 Logistics degree include Operations: Client, Object, Location and Art World Logistics.

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.

The Details
  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    January 11, 2021 – December 2021
    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: The program begins on January 11, 2021, with the first six weeks delivered online. This is to ensure the safety of students and staff and to provide flexibility around student travel and relocation arrangements. These first six weeks will include a virtual orientation, our signature Navigating the Art World course, initial teaching of program-specific units, student services, and extracurricular events. It is not essential to be in London during this period and we will support students in building their academic and social community remotely. Starting March 1, 2021, we plan to introduce an in-person program supplemented by virtual interactions as required. This will include on-site, socially distanced classes in our Bedford Square campus and visits throughout London, with some larger sessions delivered online. As public health advice allows, we plan to increase the in-person teaching throughout the spring, continuing into the “electives” period beginning on April 26, and throughout the summer and remainder of the program.

    • 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

    Gareth Fletcher (Program Director) In addition to his role as Program Director, 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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  • 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 are both virtual and in-person to enable students to become immersed in the international art community. Field study contextualizes lectures and discussions through virtual and in-person 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.
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    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

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