This intensive semester program is designed for those who are interested in learning about business practices in the art world both through study and through an internship that is embedded in the program.
Equal parts academic and practical, students undertake a work experience placement in an art-related work environment in London, such as a conservation studio, a commercial gallery, a small specialist auction house, an online visual arts organization, or an art fair. This is combined with seminars and workshops from our Art and Business curriculum that are designed to prepare students for the internship and to help them reflect on the experience. In the business component of the program, students examine established art markets in the developed world and emerging art markets in the developing world, together with legal and management issues related to 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 learn practical skills connected to accessing and analyzing art market data, and to evaluating market value for art works across key sectors. Students are introduced to contemporary management models for commercial and non-commercial practices through theory, case studies and practical work. Branding and marketing issues are explored, and essential art market professional roles (e.g. conservator, curator, gallerist, collector, journalist, art fund manager, etc.) are investigated, together with innovative new art business models, including online initiatives.