About the Program
The global art market is the circulatory system of the art world. Business transactions are the lifeblood of the system, moving art from the studio to the gallery, the auction room, the collector’s home, and the museum. Along the way, artists, dealers, art advisors, curators, art handlers, insurers, and auction house experts engage in a complicated dance to build and sustain the value of the work and the careers and interests of all parties.
The Master’s degree in Art Business prepares graduates to succeed in this sophisticated ecosystem. Courses in art law, valuation, and business lay the foundation upon which students build a specialized program that suits their needs. The program is unique in offering an unprecedented array of electives exploring all aspects of art business, connoisseurship, and curation. Students work closely with their academic advisor to design a course of study in which more than half of the program is tailored to help them achieve their career goals.
The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. New York is our classroom — the center of the international art world — with hundreds of galleries, museums, and art fairs, plus Field Study travel to Miami for Art Basel or to Venice for the Biennale in alternating years. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and stays in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market.
About Our Students
MA in Art Business students bring a wealth of complementary backgrounds to the program, with students of art and art history, lawyers, and entrepreneurs combining their expertise to develop innovative group projects and, after graduation, new art business ventures. What brings them together is a desire to learn about the intersection of art and its markets and the economics of art in the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers and are ready to join the next generation of leaders in the international art world.
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