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Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2017
Part time 2 years 1 day a week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Art Market Appraisal MA

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.

Key features

  • You will have the chance to undertake site visits, including an overseas study trip, to supplement your learning.
  • You can also take advantage of the University's on-site galleries.
  • This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for entry as a probationer practitioner.

What will you study?

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.

Course structure

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.

  • Professional Practice of Valuation
  • 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.

  • Dissertation
  • This introductory half-module teaches a critical knowledge of the concept and theory of various research methodologies, appropriate to arts market appraisal.

    We will encourage you to conduct research via secondary sources, within a guided choice subject area. A series of workshops and seminars will prepare you for the assessment, which comprises a literature review of issues relevant to your studies.

  • This module aims to provide you with practice of devising an original primary research strategy for a specific research project, appropriate to satisfying the course objectives. In so doing it ensures that you explore and critically evaluate primary research methodology and proposals by requiring you to prepare a well-developed research proposal which will be preparatory to undertaking your dissertation or masters project. In preparing the proposal you are supported by workshops, seminars and tutorials.


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.

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