Master’s Degree - Modern and Contemporary Art: Approaches | Methods | Practices
Designed to be creative and adaptive, our Modern and Contemporary Art programme will allow you to analyse the interests and practices of a fast-changing art world.
All the course work for this programme is directly related to a real-work experience. You will be asked to write reviews, artefact analyses, acquisition reports and curatorial reports. Your thesis will be a catalogue of an exhibition that you would like to stage. Whatever period of study you chose you will receive the same core training. We will teach you the Christie’s Auction House cataloguing procedures and you will be able to assess and write about all forms of art in the period you have chosen to study. As part of this course you will also be introduced to critical writing and thinking about art so that you can either enter the art-world immediately or go on to study further.
- The core lecture series - Modern, Anti-Modern, Postmodern - underpins all components of the programme
- You will participate in two study trips a year to major events in Europe and several visits to UK sites throughout the year
- Object-based study is central to our teaching and will provide you with the opportunity to study in direct contact with works of art through museum and gallery-based classes, specialist-led handling sessions, studio visits and conservation sessions
- You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards through detailed case studies, assessing issues that affect market value. You'll learn to analyse the different processes of assessment, classification and interpretation used by art institutions
- Being engaged with current debates about curating will enable you to devise fresh approaches to the display of art works. You will explore practices in art criticism, developing skills to review exhibitions and produce reports
- Our Culture and Ideology Seminars will teach you the in-depth analysis of relationships between art practices, cultural contexts and critical debates. You will develop skills to deliver presentations and generate seminar discussion
- You'll be involved in Methodology Seminars - the analysis of technical, art-historical and interpretative text that provide transferable skills for independent research and individual development
- If you're doing a Master's degree you will prepare a thesis. This is your opportunity to create an exhibition on a small group of objects, independently researched and catalogued, where the key academic and professional skills learned on the programme are utilised.
Topics on this option
- Modernity: capitalism, city, empire in Nineteenth Century French painting from Edouard Manet to Paul Gauguin
- Modernisms: ideals of abstraction and expression in painting and sculpture from Paul Cezanne to Mark Rothko; Auguste Rodin to Anthony Caro
- Photography: dialogues with Fine Art from Alfred Stieglitz to Nan Goldin
- Avant-gardes: subversive strategies and critical debates - Futurism, Dada, Russian Constructivism
- Surrealisms: psychoanalysis, sexuality, the body - Salvador Dali, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois
- Beyond painting: performance, actions, objects - Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein, Yoko Ono
- Postmodernism: consumerism, simulation, identity - Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Chris Ofili
- Contemporary: installation, globalisation, participation - Gabriel Orozco, Sophie Calle, Alfredo Jaar
- Artists' talks by internationally renowned and emerging artists such as Martin Creed, Carey Young, Jimmie Durham
- Curators' talks: sessions led by innovative independent museum curators such as Emma Dexter, Simon Morrissey and Anthony Kiendl.
A university degree. We welcome students with degrees in a range of arts subjects but who have a working knowledge of modern and contemporary art and some awareness of current cultural debates. Non-English speaking students must have IELTS 7 or equivalent.
Master's - Modern and Contemporary Art
Monday 24 September 2012 -
Friday 28 September 2012
Monday 1 October 2012
– Friday 07 December 2012
Monday 07 January 2013
– Friday 15 March 2013
Monday 22 April 2013
– Friday 28 June 2013
Submit your completed application to email@example.com. Alternatively, your application can be returned to: Christie’s Education, 153 Great Titchfield Street. London W1W 5BD
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