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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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. There is a priority deadline of 13 January, 2017 but applications will be accepted after that date until a programme is full.
19–23 September 2017
25 September – 1st December 2017
8 January – 16 March 2018
12–16 February 2018
16 April – 22 June 2018<>br/
7 May & 28 May 2018
Term 4 (MSc only)
24 September – 7th December 2018