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What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

This Art Business MA degree draws on a high standard of interdisciplinary academic and practical teaching by recognised scholars. It also offers insights from art market professionals, both those with long-standing careers and those who are rising entrepreneurs of the millennial generation. In short, the curriculum balances skills training with academic rigor, as well as core business and legal concepts with industry-specific knowledge in order to reflect the diverse professional landscape students might wish to enter. Students benefit from frequent field trips to art business enterprises and partnership projects with industry. The course is delivered in partnership with the Kingston Business School. This unique partnership enables students to benefit as much from state-of-the-art business expertise and campus facilities as from the creative context of the Kingston School of Art. This partnership has allowed the establishment of real-life projects with partners such as CREDIT and others.

What you will study

You will benefit from a systematic approach to understanding the core functions of the art market across different periods and mediums, from pre-modern markets to today, allowing you to cater your studies to your individual interests. The History of the Art Market focuses your understanding of past and present art business practices and changes to the art market over the past 400 years. Object Analysis & Appraisal asks what an object is and which values it contains, also incorporating questions of cultural heritage and globalisation. It focuses on art valuation and appraisal through lively workshops and seminar sessions with both teaching staff, art market professionals as well as examination of study collections. The Business and Art module, delivered by Kingston Business School, is designed to open a dialogue between art and commerce; blending these dual imperatives so as to fulfil and sustain personal passions and the aesthetic, while building sustainable revenue streams and investment. It also provides art law basics for operating in the art business environment.

Teaching and assessment

The course is assessed through a mix of academic essays, seminar papers and presentations, case studies, and a major research-based project or dissertation. There are no written exams, but a focus on coursework only. Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

After you graduate

Our students come from all corners of the world and often take the learning of the course back to their own countries. Graduates from the Art Business MA course set up galleries and online platforms, manage collections and advise collectors, work for auction houses or galleries. More and more students set up their own companies or expand their current businesses. Through our engagement with the RICS we have a large number of students taking up work in auction houses, insurances or as independent valuers.

Which department am I in?

Kingston University

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£17,600.00 (18,03,053) per year
Fee given is for 2020/21 year entry. There may be slight increase in the year 2021/22.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Knights Park

Grange Road,

Kingston upon Thames,

London,

KT1 2QJ, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£17,600.00 (18,03,053) per year
Fee given is for 2020/21 year entry. There may be slight increase in the year 2021/22.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Knights Park

Grange Road,

Kingston upon Thames,

London,

KT1 2QJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects. For certain courses work experience will also be required. For MBA students need to have Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average with two years' work experience. IELTS score 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all elements, TOEFL Score 88.

For international students

Applicants should: hold a good honours degree or equivalent in any discipline; and preferably have either a degree qualification related to the subject material or a proven knowledge and interest in the subject demonstrated through, for example, work experience. We welcome applications from mature applicants with proven relevant professional experience. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS academic test in English with an overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, TOEFL IBT with overall score of 88 with individual skills of R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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