Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A course to explore art world’s commercial and ethical side

Christie’s Education, owned by one of the world’s top auction houses, is introducing a new London-based master’s degree in art, law & business. Spread over four-term and accredited by the University of Glasgow, it forms part of a vast range of both undergraduate and postgraduate academic courses that lead to degrees awarded by the University. Previously, it offered evening courses on the subject. Interviews will take place in London, apart from during Art Dubai, Art Basel Hong Kong and Frieze New York.

From arts of China to jewelry and wine to opera Christie's Education offers a variety of courses- evening and day courses - lasting from a single day to an entire term. Sotheby’s Institute of Art, which is no longer owned by the world-renowned auction house, has master’s courses in art business, and is launching an art business MA in LA, according to an announcement made in January, in collaboration with the MBA program at California’s Claremont Graduate University. This will include a prominent business administration component than other courses available at the institute’s campuses in New York and London.

These courses look to fill an apparent gap existing in traditional arts education modules.  The university approach largely is just to train students for taking up academic roles in art institutions and museums; generally their courses don’t talk about ¬money and business of art. As Christie’s has stated , a new option in Art, Law & Business from 2013 within all its Postgraduate courses will let students explore the commercial and ethical side of art-world-practice.

Christie's Education New York also offers a Masters Program in. A part-time Certificate option in this field of study is also available. In Asia, Christie’s Education offers short introductory courses in Hong Kong that covers a gamut of topics related to art and collectibles from both historical and market perspectives.  These courses feature both Christie’s staff and industry experts as lecturers. It’s working with China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) for a course on Global Art Market: Collecting & Investment. 

Modular Art Business courses are already available in London and New York, to offer a flexible evening program for those keen to get an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the art business.

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