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Fine and Decorative Art from Renaissance to Modern

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Tuition & Fees: £23,000.00


This course takes an integrated approach to the visual world, paying as much attention to the ‘decorative’ arts – furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and costume – as to the ‘fine’ arts of painting and sculpture. Students are taught both the visual skills with which to analyse works of art and the art historical knowledge with which to contextualize them. Teaching methods focus on object-based study and regular visits to Christie’s salerooms, museums and private collections are arranged accordingly. Students also attend lectures by faculty and visiting experts and participate in student-led seminars. Frequent trips to sites in the UK and abroad are also organized. Considerable attention is given to working in the art world and professionals employed in various different fields – from dealing, insurance and marketing to curating, publishing and set design – are invited to introduce students to the wide range of job opportunities that exist for them. Written assignments take the form of essays, reports, reviews and catalogue entries in order to help students apply their art historical knowledge in a professional context.

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

Andrew Spira

Andrew Spira

Programme Director, Fine and Decorative Art from the Renaissance to Modern

Andrew Spira

Course components
The core lecture series c.1450 – c.1930 underpins all components of the programme

You will participate in two international study trips a year to major events in Europe and visits to UK sites throughout the year

Object-based study is central to our teaching and will provide you with relevant training for the public and commercial art worlds. This includes practical and research based study of materials and techniques, scientific analysis, style, dating, quality and authenticity

You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards. Handling sessions and warehouse and museum visits all occur during the course

Being engaged with current debates about curating will enable you to devise fresh approaches to the display of art works. You will explore practices in art criticism, developing skills to review exhibitions and produce reports

Our Culture and Ideology Seminars will enable you to discuss works of fine and decorative art in their cultural contexts. You'll gain the skills to deliver presentations and generate seminar discussion

You'll be involved in Methodology Seminars - the analysis of technical, art-historical and interpretative texts which provide transferable skills for independent research and individual development

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.


Christie’s Education works closely with the Christie’s Human Resources Department to inform students of the opportunities available within the company. These include work experience placements in specialist and other departments throughout the academic year, application to paid graduate internships in London upon completion of programme requirements, and one-on-one consultations with Human Resources staff.

Master's students can also apply for two Christie's Education internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, to commence in September.

Designed to develop awareness of career opportunities and strategies, Professional Development sessions invite speakers who offer profiles of their jobs, career pathways and work experiences. Direct contact with these speakers encourages students to develop professional networks in the commercial art world, museums, education, marketing, law, insurance and publishing. 

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



MLitt Fine and Decorative Art from the Renaissance to Modern


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.

Andrew Spira: Programme Director

Patrick Bade: Senior Lecturer

Rebecca Lyons: Lecturer/Tutor

Jacqui Ansell: Lecturer/Tutor



Marta Ajmar
Mary Alexander
Paul Atterbury
Dr Douglas Brine
Yannick Chastang
Norman Coady
Ian Cox
Gillian Darby
Ann Eatwell
David Edge
Polly Ellis
Rachel Elwes
Vivien Flaxman
Dr Louise Govier
James Heard
Peter Higginson
Sue Jenkins
David Isaac
Dr Debbie Lewer
William Lorimer


Dr Claire O’Mahony
Dr Martin Postle
Dr Catherine Reynolds
Dr Janet Robson
Dr Ashok Roy
Edward Saunders
Tim Schroder
Douglas Skeggs
Dr Richard  Stemp
Joshua White
Gareth Williams
Professor William Vaughan
Barry Venning
Giles Waterford
Annabel Westman
Colin Wiggins

Lecturer with decorative plates
The most fascinating aspect of the course was that it was both academically challenging and very hands-on, with a strong emphasis on artistic techniques and materials.
Alina Boyko
MLitt Renaissance to Modernism, 2010-2011
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