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Fees: £36,000.00


The MSc in Art, Law and Business is a 15-month, full-time, cross-disciplinary postgraduate programme which equips students with an advanced understanding of the international art markets. It is unique in combining three challenging and intensively taught components in Art History, Art Law and Art Business

The programme focusses on how the art market functions from both a commercial and legal perspective, while maintaining a critical and intellectual understanding of the cultural objects around which the market turns. It is a programme which emphasises the development of both practical and critical skills through its integrated lecture and seminars program, work placement experience and engaging study trips.

This professional practice is underpinned by a significant work placement within Christie’s, and it benefits from unparalleled relationships with art market professionals and art world practitioners. The course is intensive, stimulating and demanding, taught via core lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered by faculty, academics, lawyers and other art-world professionals.

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Course dates

Course Calendar 2018 - 2019
17 September 2018 - 29 November 2019

Programme Information
Status: Full Time
Duration: MSc 15 Months

Programme Fee:

Giovanni Gasparini Programme Director
Lizzie Perrotte Programme Director
Lauren Crais Head of Study (Law)

International study trips have included:
Basel • Beijing • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Maastricht • Sao Paolo • Seoul • Shanghai • Sydney • Venice

Art, Law and Business is validated by The Open University*


The course is intensive, stimulating and demanding, taught via core lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered by faculty, academics, lawyers and other art-world professionals. In this environment, you will meet a wide range of practitioners from different backgrounds. The core courses are assessed by group and individual presentations, exams and research papers. You will also undertake a piece of critical research for submission as a final report complemented by a single-object catalogue.


The programme places Art History and object-based study at the centre of the experience. It consists of  two full and ambitious modules taught on a weekly basis across three terms. It combines postgraduatelevel theory and methodology with practical object-based study offering training in the professional practice of cataloguing works of art, an essential skill for those seeking to work as art specialists. The Art component is taught through lectures, seminars and study visits as well as specialist ‘master classes’ led by artists, curators, conservation specialists, commercial gallerists and specialists in the auction


The Art Law component of the programme is designed to familiarise students with the fundamental legal principles that shape the global art market. The law component will be of great interest to students with a legal background, but is designed to be accessible to students who are new to the subject. Each term of Art Law study is designed to allow students to explore the roles of national and international legislation impacting the movement of art in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Classroom lectures and seminar
sessions are supplemented with visits from legal specialists lecturing on a variety of topics. Study will focus primarily on English law, with reference to international jurisdictions where appropriate.

Students are expected to lead class seminars, present on a variety of topics and engage in formal debates. Assessment is in the form of in class and take home examinations at the end of each module.


The Business component consists of two modules focused on the practical and the critical understanding of the art markets and institutions, as well as a module dedicated to the auction process itself, from pre- to post- sale.

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The MSc in Art, Law and Business aims to provide you with a professional level of knowledge and understanding of international art markets, giving you the transferrable skills, both intellectual and practical, necessary to operate in the commercial art world. Graduates would be well positioned to work in an auction house or commercial gallery, as well as  support industries such as insurance, art fairs or art publishing.

Possible early outcomes for employment include client services, business development, business intelligence, art advisory and financial sectors linked to art funds and investment.


You are required to demonstrate genuine motivation for wanting to study the commercial art sector and should have obtained a degree in one of the three disciplines studied on the course: history of art, law or business and economics.

Applications are encouraged from those wishing to change career, professionals, and mature students with experience of the art world. 

English mother-tongue candidates should demonstrate knowledge of another language.

You should expect to show a capacity for sustained intense work and the ability to manage and organise your time.


17 – 21 September 2018

Term 1
24 September – 7 December 2018

Term 2
14 January – 29 March 2019

Term 3
24 April – 5 July 2019

Term 4
16 September – 29 November 2019

*All dates subject to change


Christie’s Education, London welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We seek students of diverse backgrounds, interests, ages and life experience.

Admissions 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.
  • CV/Resume
  • 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.
  • Paid Application Fee: £30.00

Application Deadlines 

As a small institution places are limited. Applicants are advised to submit an application online as soon as possible from the October of the year before they wish to study however applications will be accepted until a programme is full.


If you require a visa to study in the UK, we recommend you submit your application form by April of the year you intend to study. Applications will normally be acknowledged within 5 working days.

Meet With Us

Students can arrange to meet our faculty in advance of application to find out more about the programmes and institution. Interviews are not mandatory at Christie’s Education London. Click here to view the upcoming recruitment events and to make an appointment with one of our recruiters.


Study trips are a key component of the hands-on approach that characterises Christie’s Education. Carefully chosen destinations are the key to experiencing the variety and diversity of the international art markets and art world today.

Past study trips have included: TEFAF Maastricht, FIAC Paris, Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennale & art fair, ArtBasel Basel, ArtBasel Hong Kong, KIA Seoul, Beijing, Taipei, Sydney Biennale, MONA Hobart, Sao Paolo Biennale, Rio de Janeiro, Inhotim Collection. 

Subject to confirmation, the study trips under preparation for the year 2017–2018 are:
• Turin Artissima Art Fair
• ArtBasel Basel
• Manifesta Palermo
• Marrakech Biennale and Marrakech 1:54 Art Fair
• Cape Town Art Fair


MSc Art, Law and Business programme Fee: £36,000

Terms and Conditions

Any application made for enrolment on a programme listed in this prospectus shall be subject to the Terms and Conditions published here

A non-refundable deposit of 5% of the first years fees is payable when offered a place on postgraduate programmes as well as the part-time courses.

The balance of the fee is payable by 1 September of the relevant academic year. Installment plans are available upon request. These will incur an additional administration
fee and need to be agreed by 1 September. Payment may be made by bank transfer, cheque or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Programme calendar and fees are subject
to change. Please note that all locations are subject to change and dates will be confirmed at the start of your programme.

* All fees include study trips in the UK and abroad. Please note that all locations are subject to change and dates will be confirmed at the start of your programme.
** Fees are correct at time of going to press, but are subject to change.

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