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Fees: £23,500.00


This course in Modern and Contemporary Art is your entrance into the art world. Our unique programme thrives in the heart of London's international art scene, offering unrivalled access to works of art and professional practice. Working with both twentieth century and contemporary art, you will move between the lecture and seminar room and gain first-hand experience of exhibitions, auction previews, artists’ studios, art fairs, museums and private collections. Sessions are led by a wide range of art world professionals and include extensive object handling, cataloguing training, study of the practices of auction houses and galleries, curating workshops, and conversations with contemporary artists. With integral study trips abroad, work experience at Christie’s London and many networking opportunities, the programme aims to provide you with the depth of knowledge, practical and interpretive tools and confidence necessary to be able to imagine and develop your career working with art and artists in the international art world.  

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
Mike Ricketts
Faculty Member

Dr Mike Ricketts

Programme Director, Modern & Contemporary Art

Course components

The core lecture series – organized around a thematic of Modern, Anti-Modern, and Postmodern – underpins all components of the programme

Object-based study is central to our teaching and will provide you with the opportunity to study in direct contact with works of art through museum and gallery-based classes, specialist-led handling sessions, studio visits and conservation sessions. You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards through detailed case studies, assessing issues that affect market value. You will ll learn to analyse the different processes of assessment, classification and interpretation used by art institutions

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 teach you the in-depth analysis of relationships between art practices, cultural contexts and critical debates. You will develop skills to deliver presentations and generate seminar discussion. You will be involved in Methodology Seminars – the analysis of technical, art-historical and interpretative texts – that provide transferable skills for independent research and individual development

Your thesis, produced at the end of the year, follows a professional and creative model of research and presentation that takes the form of an exhibition catalogue carried out to museum/gallery standards. You will evolve a topic through discussion, workshops and presentational work to outside curators. Your primary research skills with works of art, theoretical models and knowledge of art history will come together in this exciting summative project that represents a synthesis of the key academic and professional skills learned on the programme.

Study Abroad and follow the Contemporary Art Scene in Europe
You will participate in two study trips a year to major events in Europe as key elements of a course that keeps pace with a fast-moving art world.  These include visits to international events such as the Venice Biennale, Berlin Biennale and Documenta. 

Venice Biennale
Christie's Education was once again an educational partner in the Biennale Sessions accompanying the 56th Venice Biennale, Okwei Enwezor's All The World's Futures..

Venice Biennale Gif

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 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 reference membership of the University College London’s Library and have access to the electronic resources of the University of Glasgow Library and Christie's auction house. 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 Christie’s Human Resources department.


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 United Kingdom. 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.

Visit the University of Glasgow website.

*UK Government Research Assessment Exercise, 2008



Modern and Contemporary Art £23,000

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.


The experience of being taught in small groups with the help of a personal tutor, who is responsible for advice and support throughout their course of studies, can be transformational. Our courses offer exceptional opportunities to work alongside specialists, learning directly from works of art. All students are taught how to inspect and handle a wide range of works of art, investigate materials and techniques, and explore issues of interpretation as well as value.



Dr. Jo Applin
Dr. Frances Thomas
Dr. Mark Godfrey
Dr. David Campany
Prof. Andrew Bowie
Dr. TJ Demos
Dr. Anna Dezeuze
Caroline Douglas
James Lingwood
Margot Heller
Iwona Blazwick
Andrew Wilson
Clarrie Wallis
Paula Feldman Sankoff
Francois Chantala
Candida Gertler
Karsten Schubert
Daniel Marzona
Carl Freedman
Beat Raeber
Bruce Haines
Simon Morrissey
Tom Morton
Rob Tufnell


Peter Suchin
Michele Robecchi
Tom Hunter
Sarah Jones
Peter Kennard
Ian Kiaer
Jason Dodge
Becky Beasley
John Bock
Adam Chodzko
Marcus Coates
Martin Creed
Michael Dean
Charles Avery
Armando Andrade Tudela
Michael Landy
Melanie Manchot
Aleksandra Mir
David Musgrave
Kilian Rüthemann
Ivan Seal
Anne Hardy
George Shaw
Bob and Roberta Smith
Amikam Toren
Gavin Turk
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