Please note: if you are not from the EU you must be enrolled on an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate that you will be transferring the credit from this program towards your degree. Preference will be given to undergraduates studying the history of art. EU/UK applicants with limited work experience will be considered for this program. Those with substantial work experience should consider other semester or MA programs, during which they will be able to draw on the support of the Institute’s Careers Service to find jobs or internships.
This intensive semester program is designed for those who are interested in learning about business practices in the art world both through study and through an internship which is embedded in the program.
Students undertake a work experience placement in an art-related work environment in London such as an auction house, an online visual arts organization, a commercial gallery or an art fair. This is combined with seminars and workshops which are designed to prepare students for the internship and to help them reflect on the experience.
In the business component of the program, students examine established art markets in the developed world and emerging art markets in the developing world, together with legal and management issues related to global art business practice, with a particular emphasis on the international auction house system. The program offers practical skills connected to accessing and analyzing art market data, and to evaluating market value for art works across key sectors. Students are introduced to contemporary management models for commercial and non-commercial practices through theory, case studies and practical work. Branding and marketing issues are explored, and essential art market professional roles (e.g. conservator, curator, gallerist, collector, journalist, art fund manager, etc.) are investigated, together with innovative new art business models, including online initiatives.
The program equips students with knowledge and skills appropriate to a wide range of careers in the art world or for further study on one of the Institute’s postgraduate programs.
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field.