|Full time||1 year||2 days a week||September 2017|
|Part time||2 years||1 day a week||September 2017|
If you are interested in developing a career in the art market, this course is ideal. It offers a unique mix of academic tuition and exposure to London's huge and dynamic art market.
Dr Tom Flynn, Director of the RICS-accredited MA in Art Market Appraisal, describes the content of the course.
With an emphasis on understanding how the art market functions, you will be introduced to a wide range of businesses, collections and professionals. You will also study the economic and legal contexts within which professional practice is grounded, and gain the ability to apply techniques related to the valuation of objects used within industry. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a particular specialist area of the art market, which may include anything from antiquities to cutting-edge contemporary art.
Essays, seminar papers and presentations, case studies, and major research-based project or dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
This module aims to introduce students to issues thrown up by the interaction of law with the art world. Beginning with the fundamental basics of how statute and case law are established, the module explains to students several key themes such as contract and copyright. The module examines especially some themes pertaining particularly to the art world such as international treaties to protect cultural heritage, and the problems of censorship and obscenity. Students develop an understanding both of the abstract problems of applying law to a market place, as well as studying in detail the most significant art-related cases of recent years.
This module introduces students to the range of technical issues they will encounter as an Art Market Appraiser. The module seeks to emulate a series of real-world tasks to allow students to work through the problems likely to be faced. They examine and critically analyse practical professional issues such as valuing objects, tax, brokerage and agency, the meaning of professionalism and professional ethics, professional standards and the role of professional bodies – especially the RICS, together with the role of different stakeholders within the art market including journalists, museum curators and loss adjustors. The module is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and debates and includes contributions from visiting practitioners. The module is assessed through a practical investigative exercise involving the research for and production of an auction catalogue in which the practice of valuation is thoroughly explored; and a business plan in which all the strands of the module are brought together to develop students' awareness of the range of demands upon art businesses.
This module aims to introduce students to the history of the art market, an emerging academic discipline of great dynamism. It emphasises the way in which the European phenomena of collecting and exchange were globalised in the 20th century and continue to develop in different ways in the 21st century. The module guides students through the resources available for research into the history of the art market, and then invites them to write the history of a specific art-related business. The module introduces students to the cross-disciplinary skills involving economic, political and collecting histories which are necessary to develop a rounded understanding of the subject. On completion students should achieve a new perspective upon the history of art, integrating the aesthetic and the economic. Taught through a series of lectures and seminars, it is assessed by seminar papers and a critical essay.
This model interrogates the history and theory of specific creative and cultural formations with reference to art, design, their markets, publics and institutions. It addresses questions of cultural, economic and social value in a historical and contemporary context, and incorporates delivery by researchers, practitioners and professionals within the creative and cultural economies. The module is delivered in one teaching block to enable an intensive engagement with the subject. It leads to an assessment by presentation and essay.
The Major Project is the capstone module of the MA and most significant piece of work that students deliver on a Master's programme. The capstone project enables students to synthesise and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the course and it provides them with the opportunity to craft their own approach to the field through critical-theoretical and/or creative, practice-based research. The Major Project can accommodate research projects developed through a range of academic and professional contexts depending on the motivation and interests of the student. It can be presented either as a dissertation or as a portfolio comprising a chose medium or media with a critical commentary. The Major Project can also provide a platform from which students can launch the next stage of their careers. Based on ideas of material thinking and creative practice the taught elements of the module provide students with a strong understanding of different aspects of contemporary practice of value to both academic and professional environments.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.