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This full-time graduate program provides an in-depth study of the relationships between art, law and business and how they influence the commercial art world. It combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on practical training and workshops.

 Emphasizing practice over theory, the program introduces students to the foundational tools, skills and concepts of the art market, law and business. These are all essential prerequisites for anyone wishing to work in the current global art marketplace. 

The core pedagogical strategy for the Christie's Education, Art, Law and Business program is based on the premise that utilizing the lens of commerce and law to view art and the art market will serve to enhance our understanding of how the global art market functions.  Through this non-traditional approach to the study and examination of art and art markets, students will develop uncommon insight into the dynamics that influence markets.

Our program goal is the training of students across the three disciplines of art, law and business resulting in graduates who are equally conversant in art and in commerce and who, therefore, will have the necessary transferable skills to make a smooth professional transition into the global art world. With unparalleled access access to art market professionals working at Christie's, students will learn from and interface with, the current leading practitioners of the art market. As part of the curriculum, students will travel to domestic and international art destinations to meet with professionals working across the art market landscape, including art fairs, museums, special exhibitions, conferences, galleries and art investment vehicles.

Over 15 months of intensive study, statements take a combined 40 credits to complete their degree. The program concludes with a final term that is exclusively focused on a mandatory internship and an independent capstone project that are each instrumental in helping students to activate their professional careers. 

Who should apply:

The program is designed for recent undergraduates as well as existing professionals from other disciplines who wish to gain access to the global art market. Our program is best suited for those aiming to start careers in the management, administration and strategy of commercial entities within the international art world and creative industries. Graduates typically go onto careers in auction houses, galleries, art fairs and other art related businesses in areas that include business management, business strategy, client services, marketing, public relations and risk management. 


Course dates

Orientation Week
September 4 - 7, 2018

Fall Term
September 11 – November 9, 2018

Rosh Hashanah Observed
September 10, 2018

Yom Kippur Observed
September 19, 2018

Fall Term Exam Week
November 12-16, 2018

Winter Term
January 2– March 8, 2019

MLK Day Observed
January 21, 2019

President’s Day break
February 18-22, 2019

Winter Term Exam Week
March 11-15, 2019

Spring Term
April 1 – May 31, 2019

Memorial Day Observed
May 27, 2019

Spring Term Exam Week
June 3-7, 2018

Study Trips
Dates to be announced

*All dates subject to change

Noah Kupferman
Faculty Member

Noah Kupferman

Program Director, Art, Law and Business

Art Business l, ll, lll
One of the foundational courses in the Art Law and Business Program, Art Business (l, ll and lll) is intended to provide students with a basis of qualitative, quantitative and analytical skills necessary to run a business. The course is designed to provide a general understanding of the commercial and financial markets in general and the art market in detail.

Art Business provides an introduction to the main players and their interaction within the art markets; also introduced are the tools that are necessary to critically assess the markets qualitatively and quantitatively. The Art Business course investigates the dynamics of the art market(s) within the current international economy. Topics covered include: economics, finance, accounting, statistics, spreadsheet construction, marketing and strategy. 

3 credits per term (9 credits total)

Language of Contemporary Art I, II, III

The course surveys the history and development of global art from the 1960s to the present. Its goal is to provide students with the necessary art historical background to understand the principles and formal components of modern and contemporary art.

The course's scope includes both the western canon as well as emerging art centers worldwide. The course progresses both thematically and chronologically to introduce students to major artists and movements across the global landscape. It also includes lectures on the watershed exhibitions that define moment as well as lectures on specific artists. Students are assessed through mid-term final exams.

2 credits per term (6 credits total)

Art Law, I, II, III

The Art Law course investigates the role that law plays in the commercial art world. It explores key legal instruments used in transactions, the roles of national and international legislation in the governance of the art market and the effects these have on the free movement of cultural objects between key international selling centers. 

These courses provide students with knowledge over a range of areas in international art business including: art law and taxation, appraisal/valuation, intellectual property rights, ethics and corporate social responsibility and use of information and communication technology.

2 credits per term (6 credits total)

Mapping the Art World

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the institutions that have historically played an essential role in shaping the art market (private dealers, galleries, collectors, auction houses, critics, museums).

We look at the various players who are central to the global art world. Students will hear from dealers with international galleries, advisers who travel internationally to keep up with art fairs and curators of international exhibitions and biennials, artists who show works around the world and public relations and marketing firms, which allow students to hear first-hand the issues central to working within a global economy. In addition to the lecture, students will attend field studies once a week in and around New York. The goal of the field studies is to foster connoisseurship skills and to build an understanding of the current art market and of various art world environments. The field studies are a unique opportunity for students to develop the ability to look critically at artworks and to begin making determinations about value, based on specific criteria. This class will conclude with a trip  to the Miami Basel Art Fair.

3 credits

Marketing the Art World

This course introduces students to the practical application of marketing strategies for the arts within the context of the ever increasing competitive economic environment. Students will encounter a wide spectrum of important marketing topics and issues facing the art world in this class, including: digital and traditional branding, communication and media relations strategies, use of social media, developing and maintaining audiences, market research and segmentation and pricing issues. These important concepts are applied in practically based term-long projects as each student develops a full marketing plan for an art-focused exhibition or cultural event.

2 credits

 Management in the Arts: The Art Advisory and Gallery Business

This course provides students with the opportunity to understand the processes involved in launching and successfully managing a commercial art gallery and art advisory business. In addition to reviewing the historical development of the gallery, students will study current art businesses specializing in different media and historical periods as well as galleries operating at different business levels and contexts. Guest speakers from diverse commercial venues provide first-hand art market insight into how successful galleries manage the dynamic complexity of the art market. Students will also explore the impact of art fairs and online sale platforms on the traditional brick and mortar gallery art business. A term-long project will take students through the journey of planning and preparing to open an art gallery or art advisory business. This project provides a platform upon which students are able to synthesize and apply their learning in a practical hands-on manner.

3 credits

Risk Management and Logistics 

The growth of the global art market has been a catalyst for an entire niche economy that has evolved to support this growth. One major business development over the years has been in the area of risk management and logistics for the art market. Risk management often refers to art insurance and deals with ways of preventing and/or minimizing loss – but, risk management and logistics has grown to include much more, including: project management, collection management, storage, transportation, installation, exhibition services and care consultation.Through a series of lectures, readings, and discussions with guest lecture practitioners students will learn in detail about this growing area of the art world.

2 credits 

Collections Management 

Issues explored include accessioning procedures, cataloging systems and information management, collections storage and handling, development of collections policies and legal and ethical foundations for gifts and loan agreements. Traditionally, these have been the responsibilities of the registrar or collections manager in a museum setting but with the growth of private collections and galleries throughout the world the applicability of these skills has grown considerably and has become crucial to the running of an effective global art business.

2 credits

The Auction Business 

This course introduces students to the inner workings of the auction business by focusing on how property is obtained for sale, how the major auction houses compete for consignments, the inter-departmental teamwork involved with bringing works of art to the auction block, and finally what actually happens in the auction sale room. Key moments in auction house history are combined with the evolution of the rules and regulations that govern the NY auction world. Students are given an inside perspective to buying and selling at auction, the fine points of “saleroom science, “and how private sales and online bidding have changed the auction industry. Additional insight is provided by guest speakers from Christie’s auction house who will explain their various roles in key departments.

2 credits

Capstone Project

This is the culminating independent project that allows students to develop their voice through researching and writing on a topic of their own selection. The project can take a variety of forms. The subject could be a body of work analyzing a sector of the market, a business plan, a study on the impact of a specific area of law or regulation, or another piece of commercial analytical work.

3 credits 


Master’s students pursue full-time internships during their final term. Students secure internships in a wide range of sites including Christie’s auction house, commercial galleries and not for profit art institutions.

2 credits

Study Trips 

All M.A. students participate in study trips to major international art fairs or other art events. Students will interact with the art and network with professionals while applying their newly acquired skills in a real-world setting.


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

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. There is a priority deadline of January 12, 2018 but applications will be accepted after that date until a program is full.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent international degree
  • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts, diplomas or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language. Transcripts in other languages must be accompanied by English translations certified by official translation professionals or agencies
  • Applicants who attended university outside of the U.S. must submit an equivalency report from World Education Services,
  • Essay statement, 2–3 pages on why you are interested in the program
  • Sample of writing, no more than 10 pages, which can be taken from undergraduate work or written specifically for the application
  • Official GRE score report (optional)
  • Official TOEFL scores report if applicable
  • Three letters of academic or professional recommendation from writers who know the applicant’s abilities well. Letters should be sent in hard copy on letterhead with original signatures
  • Resume
  • Personal interview (by invitation only). Invitations will be sent once all application materials have been submitted

All admissions materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted in hard copy to Christie's Education Admissions, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

NOTES: Christie's Education welcomes international applicants and is authroized to issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Students, or I-20, to international students who are accepted to the Master of Arts programs and meet the required financial guidelines. 

The Admissions Committee reviews complete applications only, and invites selected candidates for an interview that is mandatory for admission to an M.A program. These interviews are by invitation only. Successful candidates will receive an acceptance letter and be required to secure their place in a program by paying a tuition deposit within a pre-determined time.



Student Learning Results

In preparation for careers in the art world, students will:

  • Gain advanced understanding of the structure and inner workings of the commercial art world
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the art auction business
  • Develop transferable professional business skills in finance, accounting, marketing and strategy
  • Build personal art business networks through extensive opportunities to interface with leading art world professionals across the art market landscape
  • Become familiar with current research resources for art law and art business
  • Be prepared for employment in the commercial art world and the creative industries worldwide
  • Become conversant in the major trends and issues in contemporary art

Christie’s Education students and alumni have access to the on-site Library and a broad range of electronic resources. Christie’s Education is within easy reach of the key public research libraries, such as the New York Public Library and the local museum libraries.

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.

IT Facilities 
Desktop PCs, WiFi access and Canon Multi-functional devices with color printing and scan to USB available.

Additional Resources 
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. 

Karen Maguire 
Learning Resources Manager 


Upon graduation many of our alumni go on to very successful careers in the art world, founding their own businesses, including art consulting firms and galleries, and working at some of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world, including:

Antique Resources Inc. Chicago

Acquavella Gallery New York

Aran Cravey Gallery Los Angeles

Arario Galley Seoul, South Korea

Art New England Magazine Boston New York

Artists Rights Society New York

Artnet Worldwide New York

ArtViatic Paris

Asia Art Archive Hong Kong

Auctionata/Paddle8 New York

AXA Art Insurance Corporation New York

Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore

Brooklyn Museum New York

Cai Studio New York

Castor Gallery New York

Chambers Fine Art New York

Christie’s New York, London, Shanghai*

Collectrium New York

Columbia University New York

Cristin Tierney Gallery New York

David Zwirner Gallery New York, Hong Kong

Doyle New York

EFA Project Space New York

FITZ & CO New York

Gagosian Gallery New York

Gallery Hyundai Seoul

Garis & Hahn New York

Gurr Johns Inc. New York

Heritage Auctions New York

Institute of Contemporary Art New York

Invaluable New York

Jack Shainman Gallery New York

James Cohan Gallery New York

Jan Balet Art Preservation New York

Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné New York

Kim Heirston Art Advisory New York

Kavachnina Contemporary Miami

Lehman Maupin Gallery New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

Michael Werner Gallery New York

Mnuchin Gallery New York

MoMA PS1 New York

Museum of Arts and Design New York

The New Museum New York

New York Art Residencies and Studio (NARS) New York

New York Foundation for the Arts New York

New York Public Library New York

Nu-Garde Gallery New York

Pace Gallery New York

Phillips New York

Richard L. Feigen Gallery New York

Richard Tattinger Gallery New York

Robert Mann Gallery New York

Saatchi Art New York

SCHEUBLEIN Art & Auktionen KG Munich

Sharjah Art FoundationSharjah, UAE

Skarstedt Gallery New York

Sotheby’s New York, Paris

Spanierman Gallery New York

Stavanger Kunstmuseum Stavanger, Norway

Tate Gallery London, England

The Armory Show New York

The Heller Group - Art Advisory New York

Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services New York

Wenham Historical Association Massachusetts

Winston Art Group New York


* There are currently over 100 alumni permanently employed in the Christie’s group of companies


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.

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Tuition and Fees 2018–2019

Tuition Deposit 

Due one month after acceptance 

Fall Term Tuition Payment 

Library and Media Fee 

Student Registration and Services Fee 

F-1 International Student Services Fee 

 Due August 10, 2018

Winter Term Tuition Payment 

Due December 3, 2018

Spring Term Tuition Payment 

Due March 4, 2019

Fall 2 Tuition Payment 

Due August 9, 2019

Total Program is 40 credits
$1,558.00 per credit

*The F-1 International Student Service Fee only applicable for international students who require a visa to study in US.



Dr. Veronique Chagnon-Burke, Academic Director

Noah Kupferman, Program Director

Dr. Agnes Berecz, Associate Professor

Visiting Lecturers to be announced.

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