Today’s contemporary art world can be complicated to understand. In an age of global communication, where art works are breaking records at auction and artists act more like celebrities than bohemian rebels, we no longer see the art world as an autonomous body working within a small community. It has become a combination of multiple worlds which interact and overlap in a complex fashion. The art world is a network of dependencies between a set of players, whose influence changes over time.
On this course you will look into the contributing factors affecting these changes and the shape in which the global contemporary art world is evolving.
Including exclusive interviews with: Jacob El Hanani, Jared Madere, Michael Findlay, David Lewis, Marc Porter, David Kleiweg De Zwaan, David Chau, Thomas Kaplan, Touria El Glaoui and Katelijne De Backer.
By the end of this course:
- You will have gained an in-depth understanding of the global contemporary art world.
- You will be able to identify the various players with an understanding of their individual role and their interactions among one another: artists, private dealers, galleries, collectors, auction
houses, art fairs, biennials, and museums.
- You will have gained an understanding of the various types of collectors participating in the art market.
- You will have acquired the knowledge to participate in the global art market.
Launching with Inside the Global Contemporary Art World, Christie's Education pilots a new way to study online with a self-directed option. This new format gives you the opportunity to study at your own pace and on a date that is most suitable for you, without any tutor involvement. Start your studies immediately*, and get access to the full course and all the materials you need right from the start. This flexible learning option enables you to study in the way that best suits you with ten weeks to complete the course.
*Students will be enrolled in their course within one working day of registration.
How to Study
We offer two ways to study this course, Tutor-Led and Self-Directed, allowing greater flexibility for our students.
Tutor-Led courses take place at set times throughout the year with full tutor support available during the course and for three weeks after completion. Students are expected to complete the course in five consecutive weeks and will receive a digital badge of completion.
Self-Directed is a new self-learning option that allows students to study at their own pace at any time throughout the year without tutor involvement so studies can start immediately*. This flexible self-directed learning option enables students to study in the way that best suits them with ten weeks to complete the course.
To enrol for either option click Register and the select your preferred course option.
*Students will be enrolled in their course within one working day of registration.
The course will require approx. 2.5 hrs of study time per week. There will be weekly assignments with set texts and optional further reading.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more information about online courses.
The course is facilitated through an online learning environment that is compatible with most modern browsers. It is the responsibility of students to have the proper hardware and software required to participate, along with access to Wifi. The basic technical requirements can be found in the FAQs.
Terms and Conditions
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'I liked the combination of video lectures with current news articles and the access to the instructor who was extremely knowledgeable and always provided feedback.'
'I'd definitely recommend this course as an introduction into the Contemporary Art World as it is informative and easy to understand/follow.'
'A source to get a practical knowledge from the global insider - Christie's.'
'I would recommend this online course for people interested in the art world, and who would like to make a career within it from the business perspective.'
'The quality of content and the insight into the art world I have had access to over the past five weeks have been amazing.'
'The feedback on my assignments was really comprehensive and the tutor was great in how she added to what I had submitted with suggestions of areas I could have focused on and/or incorporated. All done in such a way as to inspire me to re-look at some sections and do some additional reading.'
'Feels very current.'
'I feel the course materials have been most informative, and really appreciate the tutor for his prompt response whenever I post a question.'
'I appreciate the weekly postings of additional materials to supplement my understanding of the modules i.e. the 'Art of Money' video segment.'
'I organised myself to complete the lectures at the very beginning of the week as soon as they were made available, and usually wrote my essays at the end of the week. This method enabled me to have time to keep the main points in my mind throughout the week such that they have time to develop in my mind and lead to the creation of my own personal ideas. I found this very efficient and enabled me to process and actually integrate the information and their complexity more effectively.'
'I felt the course was designed very well.'
'Information structure was well thought out.'
'I found everything relevant, interesting and clearly explained.'
'I've really enjoyed this course. The lectures have helped re-frame my existing knowledge on the art world.'
'Very engaging, the video content was very well designed and apt.'
'I enjoyed the mix of media providing the information, the tutor’s ability to engage, the added components when things pertaining to the class were happening in the news, the stories of artists and their work, learning about the art of the sale.'
'The course and (my instructor) does a very good job of introducing the players and the story of how art moves. Since it occurs on a global scale now, there are so many people and places to talk about.'
'I really liked all the insider interviews and also the recommended reading at the end of each module. I thought the modules were really well thought through and the video content was well presented. The interviews you got with insiders really gives the course an edge.'
'I have really enjoyed being in this course. I feel that I have learnt a lot. It has been a pleasure working with you.'
'I was pleasantly surprised about the breadth and depth of the information and analyses of the different actors of the art world, which were far from superficial. The content was very detailed, clearly explained and put in perspective.'
'I like how the learning experience is incredibly structured via an accessible portal.'
'The Christie’s course was excellent and best of all it was fun. It inspired me to continue thinking about what next.'
'I feel as though I have learned so much in the last 5 weeks then I have in one year of attending University.'
'The video material made the course very easy to follow and convenient.'
'I thought the tutor’s weekly emails were interesting and thought provoking.'
'This course has inspired me, and has made the Art World much clearer for me.'
'I am really enjoying the course. Taking it has been so wonderful. I recognize the artists. I know a lot more about the dealers than I did before. It feels like the world of art has opened up, and I am beginning to understand it.'
'I very much liked this course.'
'Everything was interesting and perfect.'
'Easy access, practical information, clear schedule, detailed feedback.'
'The tutor was great - always responded to questions, was good at letting us know what was coming up, and had a great personal style.'
'This was my first online course and it has been a very positive experience.'
'I really enjoyed the articles, both included in the course work and recommended by the instructor.'
'What initially appealed to me about this course, and which met and surpassed my expectations, was the structure of the course, organised along the different actors involved in the art world. This made the content and my understanding of it very clear.'
'I feel this is an excellent introductory course on the subject and look forward to other course studies.'
'I appreciated the instructor's quick and succinct responses in addition to offering links to further research and to inform our discussion.'