This intensive Semester program is designed for those who are interested in learning about both: art history and the business side of the art world.
Through lectures, seminars, and visits to specialist museums, collections, and key commercial galleries, students are introduced to the history of art and design, and the ways in which art has been made, sold, and collected. In the Fall semester, students focus on modern and contemporary art; in the Spring semester, students can choose between modern and contemporary art or art from 1600 to 1900. Through the art business component of the program, students will examine established art markets in the developed world as well as emerging art markets in the developing world. Students will also learn about legal and management issues related to the global art business practice, with a particular emphasis on the international auction house system.
The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the art world or for further study on one of our postgraduate programs. Students will learn practical skills and gain knowledge in:
- Accessing and analyzing art market data
- Assessing market value for art works across key sectors
- Contemporary management models for commercial and non-commercial practices
- Branding and marketing issues
- Essential professional roles in the art market (e.g. art advisor, curator, gallerist, collector, journalist, art fund manager)
- Innovative new art business models, including online initiatives
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field. Download the Semester Prospectus.