Led by art historian Dr Tom Flynn, the Art Business Certificate is designed for those seeking to gain a well-rounded introduction to the field of art business, and to provide up-to-date information on the market and its operations. This course is for those interested in learning about all aspects of art business and for those already working in the art world who want to enhance their professional currency.
The twelve-week intensive programme, offered twice a year, takes participants through the main pillars of the art world ecosystem and scrutinises the main influences that sustain the network; from a global assessment of primary and secondary markets through to current legal issues. Participants will complete the course with a comprehensive understanding of the global art industry.
What you will learn
- The history of the art market, the art ecosystem and its key players
- The legal, financial and regulatory frameworks that exist within the art world ecosystem
- The current state of today’s global art industry
All students will receive a letter of completion at the end of the course. For those students who submit the essay at the end of the course will be eligible to receive a Christie's Education Certificate.
Week 1 - The Art Ecosystem, Part One: The Artist and the Primary Market
Week 2 - The Art Ecosystem, Part Two: The Secondary Market and Key Players
Week 3 - Art Market, Globalisation and Online Businesses
Week 4 - Emerging Art Markets
Week 5 - Art and Technologies
Week 6 - The Auction House
Week 7 - Tax
Week 8 - Law
Week 9 - Cultural Heritage
Week 10 - Provenance and Restitution
Week 11 - Valuation and Appraisal
Week 12 - Art as an Investment
Students wishing to be eligible for the Christie's Education Certificate* must complete the following:
- Students must attend all 12 sessions
- The submission of one 1,500 – 2,000 word essay (from a choice of questions offered in the student handbook – provided on enrolment)
- Successfully complete a 20 question multiple choice quiz
*The Certificate is awarded Christie's Education and is not credit bearing. For students seeking credit bearing study please refer to our master's programme in Art, Law and Business.
The library is open for use by the Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art students for reference only during library opening hours (Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm and until 8.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time). Students will need to sign in at reception on arrival.