Christie's Education, New York offers a part-time certificate program that combines academic study of modern and contemporary art with wide-ranging exposure to the vibrant New York art world.
The Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art is flexible - you may enroll in a single term or enroll in the full nine-month program. Prospective students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director to discuss all program options before they apply.
Our certificate students attend the Modern and Contemporary Art Survey, which meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. This three-term course chronologically surveys art from 1850 to the present. Students also attend a certificate seminar one afternoon per week. Led by a Christie’s Education instructor, this intimate session involves some time in the classroom, but mostly entails guided field studies to art-related sites in and around New York. Students visit artists’ studios, galleries, museums and private collections, among other venues.
“I found the certificate program’s academic curriculum to be rigorous and inspiring. Lectures given by experts in their fields helped me approach the study of modern and contemporary art from various perspectives. I also valued field trips to cultural institutions that brought classroom lessons to life in visceral and exciting ways. The Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education answered many of my professional and personal goals.” - Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.
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Certificate students attend the Modern Art Survey lecture course, which meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. This three-term course chronologically surveys art from 1850 to the present. While fall and winter terms primarily survey the production of modern art in Europe and the United States, the spring term addresses contemporary art in an expanded international context. The course is team-taught by the Christie’s Education faculty and respected scholars from other institutions, including universities and major museums. Students may enroll in a single term or enroll in the full 9-month program.
Students also attend a certificate seminar one afternoon per week. Led by a Christie’s Education instructor, this intimate session involves some time in the classroom, but mostly entails guided field studies to art-related sites in and around New York. Students visit artists’ studios, galleries, museums and private collections, among other venues. Additionally, certificate students may join out-of-town field trips (taken once per term) and attend the Art Business Practice course and special topic lectures.
Students may elect to undertake some academic work and receive a certificate at the end of the program, providing they have satisfied the requirements. They may also attend the lectures and seminars without the pressure of academic work, though no certificate will be awarded.
September 9 – November 9, 2019
Rosh Hashanah Observed
September 30, 2019
Yom Kippur Observed
October 9, 2019
Fall Term Exam Week
January 7– March 15, 2020
MLK Day Observed
January 20, 2020
February 17, 2020
Winter Term Exam Week
April 8 – June 7, 2020
Memorial Day Observed
May 25, 2020
Spring Term Exam Week
*All dates subject to change
If you are interested in registering for the Winter or Spring terms individually, please contact us via email or telephone.
How to Enroll
How to Enroll
Applicants may apply by term or for the whole certificate. Only those students who complete all three terms will earn the certificate.
- Completed application form
- Non-refundable application fee of $35
- Essay statement, 2-3 pages on why you are interested in the program
- While no formal interview is required, prospective students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director to discuss all program options before they apply.
Please note: Students in this program are not eligible for federal financial aid or F-1 student visa status. All students, whether enrolling in one term or more, more apply.
The Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art is a non-credit bearing program.
The breakdown of fees for the Certificate
$19,072 full course
$6,691 per term
Library and Media Fee
Student Registration and Services Fee
Christie’s Education certificate students have access to the on-site Learning Resources Center (LRC).
The Christie’s Education Library consists of approximately 6,000 books and exhibition catalogues, sale catalogues, journals, e-resources and DVDs. Our library is an excellent resource that we are pleased to be able to offer to our students and alumni. The librarian is available to assist with reference queries during the open hours of the library.
Students at Christie’s Education also have access to a broad range of electronic resources. Through our affiliation with the auction house we have privileged access to Christie’s in-house sales database Lotfinder and to resources such as Artnet, Oxford Art Online and EBSCO Articles.
Desktop PCs, WiFi access and Canon Multi-functional devices with color printing and scan to USB available.
Christie’s Education Master's students have orientations on the resources available at New York art libraries such as the Thomas Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, the New York Public Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art.
Learning Resources Manager
Christie’s Education, New York is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education in their capacity as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Christie’s Education New York has been designated as a graduate degree-granting institution by the New York State Board of Regents and its programs are registered with the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, 89 Washington Avenue, 9th Floor, Albany, New York 12234, 518-474-1551.