Study at the center of the art world

Study at the center of the art world

Christie’s Education

Zhu Jinshi courtesy of Pearl Lam Gallery.
November 5, 2013
Study at the center of the art world

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The innovative courses at Christie’s Education provide a rich learning environment, where handling works of art, discussion and research are integrated. New York City has been the heartbeat of many Contemporary art movements and a major center for the international art market. Starting in the fall of 2014 with the launch of the Master of Arts in Global Contemporary Art, applicants now have two Master’s Programs at Christie’s Education to choose from. Both programs take only fifteen months to complete. Students complete nine months of course work followed by an extended study trip, an internship and a Master’s thesis.

New: Master of Arts in Global Contemporary Art
This full-time graduate program provides an in-depth study of contemporary art within a global context since 1980. The Master of Arts is designed for those who possess an art history undergraduate degree or relevant professional experience and wish to undertake a comprehensive study of the forces, techniques and processes that make up today’s cutting edge art. Through direct examination of both the artistic and commercial goals of today’s art professionals, it offers the student a unique opportunity to engage in contemporary art within the framework of globalization.

Topics will include conservation with an emphasis on new media and materials, the market and patronage, and the challenges that new forms of artistic production pose to traditional art structures. Among other practical curatorial skills, legal, tax, and insurance issues will be examined as well as the various means of measuring value in art. Upon completion of the program the student gains not only a comprehensive understanding of the central role of art within the dynamics of globalization, but also the transferable skills needed to secure a career in the international art world.

Master of Arts in Modern Art and its Markets
This full-time graduate program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and its markets, exploring their evolution from 1850 to the present day. The Master of Arts is designed for students with backgrounds in art history, as well as those with first degrees in other fields who wish to gain access to the art world. Led by an expert faculty, the program combines art history, art market history, knowledge of current art business practices, and the development of connoisseurship skills through object-based learning. Our exclusive access to the auction house and a wide range of art professionals provides students with first-hand knowledge of the workings of the art world and the transferable skills they need to become art world professionals. An intensive program, it takes only fifteen months to complete and concludes with the writing of a master’s thesis and placement in internships to help students launch their professional careers. For gainful employment disclosures visit:

Part-time certificate courses
Christie’s Education New York also offers certificate courses

Modern and Contemporary Art in New York
Art Business

These part-time programs allow students to immerse themselves in the New York art world in a flexible way offering lectures, seminars and study trips. The Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art in New York consists of weekday classes over the course of nine months. The Art Business Course is offered on Wednesday evenings and can be taken as modules or in entirety for a certificate.

Short Courses
Finally, Christie’s Education New York offers a variety of short courses that span several days to weeks. 2013-2014 short courses include “Engaging with Contemporary Art,” “Chinese Contemporary Art,” and “Special Topics in 19th and 20th Century Jewelry.” Short courses are open to everyone and do not require an application—simply register and pay online. Staff and faculty can also personalize an offering for groups; inquire about the bespoke option to learn more.

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.

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