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Christie’s Education is the first British institution to offer a Master’s programme devoted exclusively to Chinese art. While acquiring experience in object analysis, you will explore archaeological and historical contexts and the multiple narratives in the story of Chinese art. Starting from the Neolithic and Bronze Age art, the course covers pottery, bronze, lacquer, silk and jade, then examines Buddhism from the Han dynasty onwards, to the global reach of the ‘Silk Road’ in the Tang dynasty. Extensive treatment of artistic production during late imperial China—from the ’golden age’ of the Song dynasty to the High Qing—range through a variety of media such architecture, painting, printing, ceramics and luxury goods. The course also explores cultural developments from the 19th to the 21st century, when intensified contact with foreigners generated new practices, functions and meanings in Chinese art.

Crucially, the course will propel you into Chinese art-world practice and introduce you to the curators, scholars, artists, and dealers who shape the discipline. You will gain exposure to historical and current trends in the circulation of art within China and abroad, historically and to the present day. The programme takes on only a small and exclusive group of students each year and has already trained many of the next generation of art-world professionals in the field of Chinese art.

Course dates

Course Calendar 2016 - 2017

Orientation Week
19 - 23 September 2016

Term 1
26 September - 2 December 2016

Term 2
9 January - 17 March 2017

Term 3
17 April - 23 June 2017
Nixi Cura
Faculty Member

Nixi Cura

Programme Director, Arts of China

Object-based study is the foundation of 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, style, dating, quality and authenticity. You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards. Handling sessions and visits to museums and to Christie’s warehouse form an essential part of the course. Engagement with current debates about curatorial practice will enable you to devise fresh approaches to the display and interpretation of art works. You will learn how to produce reports on works of art to a professional standard. You will explore varieties of art criticism, developing skills to review exhibitions. Methodology seminars equip you with the theoretical tools for the analyses of objects, and introduce you to major texts relating to cultural history and aesthetics.

The Arts of China core lecture series from the Neolithic period to the present underpins all components of the programme. The Culture and Ideology seminars will enable you to discuss the relationships among objects and broader debates around ancient to contemporary Chinese art. You will participate in study trips to UK museums and collections throughout the year and visit a European city with extensive collections of Chinese art (in recent years, Paris) in the spring, and Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in the summer. The programme will propel you into the centres of scholarly and artistic creativity, highlighting the impact of historical globalism(s) on the production and circulation of Chinese art.

The thesis, produced at the end of the year, presents an opportunity to create an exhibition catalogue around a small group of objects, independently researched, representing a synthesis of the key academic and professional skills learned on the programme.

Entry 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
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


All interviews take place with a member of our faculty and normally last about an hour. Applicants will be asked to discuss a selection of images as well as their particular interests in the art world. The interviewers will assess the applicant's response to, and knowledge of, works of art. Applicants may on occasion be asked to make a short written comment on a work of art.

We believe it is important for future students to have an opportunity to meet members of staff and for both parties to discuss the suitability of the programme and the applicant's plans for the future. Applicants will be formally notified of the outcome of the interview within five working days.


One of the most important resources at Christie's Education is the wealth of artworks 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 will have borrowing privileges at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and will 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 after the submission of the thesis in September and for one Christie's Education Hong Kong internship in the run-up to either the November or May Hong Kong sales.


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.

*UK Government Research Assessment Exercise, 2008



Master’s (MLitt)
Arts of China

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. You will be assigned a personal tutor at the beginning of the year who will guide your academic progress and will offer advice and support throughout your course of studies.

Nixi Cura: Programme Director

Dr. Monica Merlin: Lecturer

Prof Nick Pearce: PhD Supervision


Penny Bendall
Robert Bernell
Dr Paul Bevan
Stephanie Braun
Dr Elaine Buck
Anthony Carter
Yu-chia Cheng
Dr Nicole Chiang
Megan Connolly
Emile de Bruijn
Dr Francesca dal Lago
Richard Ellis
Dr John Finlay
Michael Frahm
Dr Anne Gerritsen
Eliza Gluckman
Simone Griessmayer
Peter Hardie
Sam Harding
Jessica Harrison-Hall
Rania Ho
Ros Holmes
Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Hu Mingyuan
Ben Janssens
John Johnston
Dr Valérie Jurgens
Dr Joan Kee
Pamela Kember
Rose Kerr
Yury Khokhlov
Dr Yuko Kikuchi
Gregor Kleinknecht
Dr Yeewan Koon
Dr Catrin Kost
Gayle Chong Kwan
Dr Lars Laamann
Michel Lee
Dr Éric Lefebvre
Prof Samuel N C Lieu
Dr James C S Lin
Dr Yu-ping Luk
Valentina Marabini

Rachel Marsden
Dr Shane McCausland
Malcolm McNeill
Dr Luisa Mengoni
Dr Monica Merlin
Carol Michaelson
Dr Oliver Moore
Dr Benedetta Mottino
Kate Newnham
Dr Lukas Nickel
Dr Lars Nittve
Tina Pang
Helen Persson
Dr Stacey Pierson
Dr Sascha Priewe
Qu Leilei
Julian Radcliffe
Carla Rapoport
Dr Nicole Rousmaniere
Dr Filippo Salviati
Dr Camille Schmitt
Dr Lilla Russell-Smith
Rosemary Scott
Alexandra A. Seno
Song Dong
Raymond M L Tang
Tian Liping
Shelagh Vainker
Dr Clarissa von Spee
Dr Wang Quanyu
Dr Cheng-hua Wang
Wang Wei
Dr Susan Whitfield
Dr Frances Wood
Prof Nigel Wood
Xu Bing
Pauline Yao
Heena Youn
Dr Zhang Hongxing
Juei-Tang Lin
Dr Yi-hsin Lin
Dr Hui-wen Lu 


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