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Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA: What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Christian Huhnt

Name: Christian Huhnt
Course: Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA, 2010–2013

"The art market course at Kingston was instrumental for what I am doing today. I doubt I would be at the place where I am now without this course. 

What the art market course taught me about the market, the dynamics of it, the history, the stories, the issues on authenticity, connoisseurship, collecting and auction business, continue to help me inspire my team and many more to join our project, as we are about to build the next logical step in art dealing history: a database to systematise the private art market.

So much of what I learned at Kingston helped me also in the Masters degree I finished soon after at LSE, in which I focused my dissertation yet again on the art market for a completely different subject (Information Systems).

I cannot say how grateful I am to Tom (Flynn, senior lecturer and course director) who continues to help me, even after the course, and who has been instrumental to my deep interest in this subject. His guidance on what to read, what to focus on, what to leave alone, has really guided me the right way and brought me so much confidence. I consider Tom as one of the most important of our advisers to the company and feel really honoured to say that I was one of his students."

 

Name: Will Axon
Course: Arts Market Appraisal MA (*now known as Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA)

"When I applied for the Arts Market Appraisal MA* at Kingston, I was working full time so approached my employer for sponsorship. I wanted to use the masters degree to work towards my RICS accreditation, which my employer positively encouraged. I found that the course complemented my existing job within the auction world, and the staff at Kingston University were sympathetic to any conflicts in my timetable that arose from existing work commitments.

"There was a wide range of students from different backgrounds on the course, which brought a depth of experience to the classes. The facilities at Kingston were excellent, with tutors available to give as much or as little help as needed or wanted.

"I would recommend the course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the arts, especially if they have one eye on becoming a member of the RICS. Juggling work, studies and, in my case, a young family, requires a certain level of dedication and commitment – but the end results are worth it!"

 

Name: Emma Lilley
Course: Arts Market Appraisal MA (*now known as Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA)

"I joined the Arts Market Appraisal MA* in 2007 and chose to do it in a single year. My first degree was in languages – I graduated in 1989 so it was some years since I'd done anything remotely academic. Initially I found the presentation side of things a bit daunting, but it's amazing how quickly you adjust and then start to flourish.

"I'd wanted a career change – I had been in publishing for 15 years – and had decided the art world was where my heart lay, but because I knew relatively little about it (and had no contacts) I felt that taking a course was probably the best way in. It gave me the chance to survey the art market from lots of different perspectives; we had seminars with auctioneers, art dealers, art consultants, specialist insurance brokers, and the Met's art and antiques unit, among others.

"We also did what I now realise was an extremely useful module in art law – I'm practising stuff now that I learnt in my art and copyright law lectures (thank you Daniel McClean). It was a really comprehensive introduction to the dynamics of the art world but also gave you an insight into the variety of jobs out there.

"By the end of the year I'd worked out where I really wanted to be – working for a contemporary art gallery, nurturing and promoting artists. Which is exactly where I am, thanks to the opportunities that opened up to me while I was researching my dissertation. So, all in all, a really positive experience."

 

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