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Tuition & Fees: £36,000.00


This is an intensive 15-month Master’s (MSc) designed to give you unrivalled access to the art market. It is a programme that explores the important ethical and legal aspects of working in the commercial art world at the same time as giving you the opportunity to study the History of Art.

A unique feature of this programme is that it also provides you with work experience through an integrated placement at Christie’s.

Close collaboration between Christie’s and the University of Glasgow in the design of this programme has allowed us to combine academic rigor with professional real-life experience. Case studies conducted by experts in the sector are complemented by the work placement experience within Christie’s.

This programme is for you if you are dedicated to developing a professional career working in the art market. We welcome young achievers as well as career-changers capable of understanding the challenges of the commercial art world through cross-disciplinary study at the highest level.

In this academic year (2013-2014) we admitted 11 students of nine different nationalities out of 64 applicants who wanted to study on the programme.

Course dates

Course Calendar 2015 - 2016

Orientation Week
21 September 2015

Term 1
28 September 2015 – 4 December 2015

Term 2
11 January 2016 – 18 March 2016

Term 3
18 April 2016 – 24 June 2016

Term 4
3 September 2016 - 9 December 2016

Giovanni Gasparini

Giovanni Gasparini

Programme Director, MSc Art, Law and Business

Giovanni Gasparini

This Master’s Programme is structured around three areas of study,

  • Art-world Business Practices 
  • Art Law
  • Art History and Theory

You will participate in one of four core lecture programmes in the History of Art leading to a summative examination. These include: the Arts of China, the Arts of Europe, Art Style and Design or Modern and Contemporary Art. This course is complemented by a seminar in the History and Theory of Art and Culture. You will experience Law through lectures and seminars delivered by professional practitioners and you will complete case studies for yourself.  For the duration of the course, you will also actively participate to the life of a department within Christie’s. Your experience of the Auction Business through this placement will be augmented by visits to at least three key international Art Fairs (such as FIAC Paris, TEFAF Maastricht and Art Basel Hong Kong), to enable you to explore the art world in a variety of contexts.

Your dissertation takes the form of Work Placement Report and Catalogue of an auction consignment. This will enable you to bring together all three areas of your programme of study: Art History, Law and Business Practice in a single piece of work.

Entry Requirements

Completed application
Scanned colour copy of passport photo page
A university degree, normally at 2.1 level or with equivalent work experience
Two academic letter references on institutional letterhead (or equivalent for mature students)
Applicants must also provide an example of their writing on a relevant subject
Applicants whose first language is not English normally have an IELTS 7 or equivalent secure UK government-approved SELT test:
Successful interview with a member of our faculty
Personal statement


Qualified applicants to Christie’s Education are invited to attend an interview with a member of the faculty. We are keen to ensure that applicants' needs and expectations are fully discussed, and that the path we offer is the most suitable one for them. Interviews normally last about 45 minutes. During the course of the interview, applicants will be asked to respond to a selection of images. The interviewer will assess the applicant’s ability to engage in conversation around works of art.




One of the most important resources at Christie’s Education is the wealth of art works that pass through the salerooms on a regular basis. The school has its own Learning Resources Centre, with a computer room, handling collection, print collection and library. Students are also provided with borrowing rights at Senate House Library, University of London, and have access to the electronic resources of the University of Glasgow Library. The British Library is within walking distance.

Students of this course also have reference membership of UCL Library

Graduates from this Master’s will be well qualified to pursue a number of careers in the commercial art world and creative industries, in particular within the context of an auction house, as well as any other areas of the art market (such as galleries, advisors, collection management) worldwide.

Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow have been associated with each other for over twenty years.  The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is one of the oldest universities in the UK. The History of Art Department has been ranked top in the UK for world leading research in art history by the UK Government.* We share the same commitment in providing the highest quality education in art history and we are proud of the close links between our institutions. All the lecturers in London are recognised teachers of the University.

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*UK Government Research Assessment Exercise, 2008


MSc Art, Law and Business £36,000

All fees include study trips in UK and abroad unless otherwise stated. A non-refundable deposit of 5% of the course fees is payable within six weeks of being offered a place Postgraduate Programmes as well as the part-time courses. The balance of the fee is payable 1 September of the relevant academic year. Payment may be made by bank transfer, cheque or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Course calendar and fees are subject to change.


Christie’s Education faculty consists of academics offering a wide range of experience and specialisation. Each student is assigned a personal tutor at the beginning of the year who will guide their academic progress and is responsible for advice and support throughout their course of studies.

Giovanni Gasparini: Course Director 

Philippa Malas: Lecturer and Tutor

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