This intensive Semester program is designed for those who are interested in learning about business practices in the art world both through academic study and through an internship, which is embedded in the program.
Students undertake a work experience placement in an art-related work environment in London such as a commercial gallery, an art foundation, art PR & communications firm, or an art fair. The work is combined with seminars and workshops, which are designed to prepare students for the internship and to help them reflect on the experience. 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.
Please note: if you are not from the European Union (EU), you must be enrolled on an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate that you will be transferring the credit from this program towards your degree. Preference will be given to undergraduates studying the history of art. EU/UK applicants with limited work experience will be considered for this program. If you do not qualify for an internship placement or already have substantial work experience, you should consider the Art Business course, where you will be able to draw on the support of the Institute’s career services to find jobs or internships. To discuss your eligibility or to find the Semester program that is right for you, please contact Ben Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.