Master’s Degree - History of Art and the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art
The M.A. in History of Art and the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art is designed to prepare students for the following:
- Visual Analysis, Identification, Interpretation and Description of Works of Art
- Assessment of Quality
- Art Historical Knowledge
- Promotion of Independent Thinking
- Knowledge of the Art Market and the Auction House
- Preparation for Employment
The master’s program is made up of the following components:
- Modern Art Survey: Provides the basic frame work for understanding art history. The course is arranged chronologically from circa 1860 – present.
- Connoisseurship Seminar: Teaches the critical skills needed to look at art, write about art, research and evaluate works. Students regularly handle or view art objects from Christie’s Education’s study collection and visit artists’ studios, conservation labs, museums and alternative spaces.
- History of the Art Market Seminar: Introduces the institutional network that supports and promotes modern and contemporary art. Students frequently visit Christie’s to meet with specialists.
- Art Business: Enables students to understand the inner workings of the art world. Students hear from a range of professionals such as auction house specialists, curators, arts administrators, art dealers, private dealers, critics and many others.
- Historiography and Methods of Art History: Introduces students to the origins and development of the discipline of art history. This course serves as a general preparation for researching and writing the thesis.
- M.A. Thesis: Addresses topics in the history of fine art from 1860 to the present with emphasis on the problems of connoisseurship and/ or the history of the art market.
- International and National Study Trips: Every year the class attends a major contemporary art event such as the Venice Biennale or the Cassel Documenta. Each term students travel on day trips to visit great collections in neighbouring cities such as the Newark Museum, Ballatine House, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.
- Internship Program: An opportunity for students to use the skills that they have obtained through the program. Typical internship opportunities include Christie’s, commercial galleries, museums, non-profit arts institutions, and elsewhere. Christie’s Education also selects one qualified applicant to intern with the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree. Christie’s Education New York welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with or without an art history specialization. We seek students of diverse backgrounds, interests, ages and life experience. After completing the online application form you will also be required to submit a sample of writing, official transcripts, official GRE Score Report, official TOEFL Score Report (if applicable), three letters of recommendation, and a non-refundable application fee.