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MSc Art, Law and Business

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The MSc in Art, Law and Business is a 15-month, full-time, taught programme which will equip you with an advanced understanding of art and the art world from a commercial perspective. The programme was created in consultation with Christie’s legal department. 

This programme has succeeded in bringing together the disciplines of art history, art law and art business in an intensive and focused programme that will integrate you into Christie’s auction house through a work placement, allowing you to experience the international art world from the inside.

A feature of the programme is the special hands-on approach that characterises all Christie’s Education programmes. In this case, you will be taken to art fairs all over the world in order experience the variety and diversity of international art markets today. Each year, three destinations are selected. Past students have visited FIAC Paris, TEFAF Maastricht, Art Basel Switzerland and Hong Kong, Taipei, Brazil, Sydney, Hobart and Istanbul. All of our study trips are included in the programme fees.

Opportunities for professional development are extensive and you will have unparalleled access to professionals from Christie’s auction house and the London art world. Typically over 40 guest speakers speak to MSc students over the course of their studies

Course dates

Course Calendar 2017 - 2018
19 September 2017 - 7 December 2018

Programme Information
Status: Full Time
Duration: MSc 15 Months

Programme Fee:

Giovanni Gasparini Programme Director
Lizzie Perrotte Programme Director
Philippa Malas Head of Study, Law
Lauren Crais Lecturer (Law)

International study trips have included:
Paris • Maastricht • Hong Kong • Taipei • Sao Paolo • Istanbul • Sydney

Art, Law and Business is currently validated by The Open University*


The course is intensive, stimulating and demanding, taught via core lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered by faculty, academics, lawyers and other art-world professionals. In this environment, you will meet a wide range of practitioners from different backgrounds. The core courses are assessed by group and individual presentations, exams and research papers. You will also undertake a piece of critical research for submission as a final report complemented by a single-object catalogue.

Art History and Theory

You will develop art historical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of a rich range of art work/cultural artefacts in different media and drawn from diverse historical and geographical contexts. Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and visits in which you will experience works directly in museum collections, curated exhibitions, commercial galleries, studios and the auction house as well as engage in current cultural debates, artistic, curatorial and commercial practices encountered through international field trips.

Art Law

You will analyse legal concepts related to the art market and art market transactions including: contracts, taxation, title and restitution, authenticity, expertise, freedom of expression, intellectual property and copyright. You will also be introduced to international regulatory frameworks such as UNESCO and CITES.

Art Business

You will explore and analyse the elements that underpin the commercial art world: supply and demand dynamics across different art markets; private and public bodies that shape the art markets; how the markets are segmented; valuation and pricing; art as an investment; marketing for art business seminars held by the SDA Bocconi Faculty.
The MSc in Art, Law and Business aims to provide you with a professional level of knowledge and understanding of international art markets, giving you the transferrable skills, both intellectual and practical, necessary to operate in the commercial art world. Graduates would be well positioned to work in an auction house or commercial gallery, as well as support industries such as insurance, art fairs or art publishing. Possible early outcomes for employment will include client services, business development, business intelligence, art advisory and financial sectors linked to art funds and investment. Alternatively, students can choose to continue to carry out advanced research at PhD level.

You are required to demonstrate genuine motivation for wanting to study the commercial art sector and should have obtained a degree in one of the three disciplines studied on the course: history of art, law or business and economics. Applications are encouraged from those wishing to change career, professionals, and mature students with experience of the art world. 

English mother-tongue candidates should demonstrate knowledge of another language. You should expect to show a capacity for sustained intense work and the ability to manage and organise your time.


Admissions Requirements:
  • Completed application
  • A university degree, normally at 2.1 level
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should normally have IELTS 7
  • Applicants must also provide a 1,000 – 2,000 word writing sample on an art related subject.
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two academic letter references on institutional letterhead (or equivalent professional references for mature students)
  • Scanned colour copy of passport photo page and previous UK visas if applicable.

As a small institution, places are limited. Applicants are advised to submit an application as soon as possible from the October of the year before they wish to study. The priority deadline has now passed however applications will be accepted until a programme is full.

19–23 September 2017

Term 1
25 September – 1st December 2017

Term 2
8 January – 16 March 2018

Reading Week
12–16 February 2018

Term 3
16 April – 22 June 2018<>br/

Bank Holidays
7 May & 28 May 2018

Term 4 (MSc only)
24 September – 7th December 2018

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