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Christie’s Education New York has been designated as a degree-granting institution by the New York State Board of Regents.  Our graduate and certificate programs are registered with the New York State Education Department.  Christie’s Education New York is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education in their capacity as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Code of Conduct

As a student carrying a Christie’s ID, it is important that you adhere to these guidelines when present at Christie's Rockefeller Plaza. You must also follow any directives given to you by Christie’s staff while you are at the auction house premises.

Professional and appropriate attire is expected of all students when they are attending events at Christie’s auction house at Rockefeller Plaza. For women, this means dresses or skirts of conservative length, suits or pants suits. For men, suits or pants with sports jacket and tie. In the saleroom, do not wear loud colors and noisy jewelry as they are distracting to clients and the auctioneer. Sneakers, mini skirts, tank tops, cotton t-shirts, leggings, stretch pants, shorts or jeans are inappropriate. When Christie’s Education students visit Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, these dress codes should be followed.

Certain evening sales may be designated as black-tie events. If you are asked to attend the sale, it is recommended that women wear conservative evening dress, men must wear tuxedos.

Please enjoy your food and beverages in the student lounge except during the hours of 12:00pm and 1:30pm when the HAM seminar room will be opened up as a study all and students may eat their lunch in there. These hours are subject to change as the CE staff sees fit. Only water is allowed in the lecture room and Museum Studies room. No food or beverages at all are allowed in the library, to prevent damage to the books and catalogues.

Cell phones must be turned off during all class sessions both at Christie's and at off-site visits. Staff will place calls for students only in the event of an emergency.

The policy of Christie’s in regard to the Smoke Free Air Act, New York City Local Law No. 5 of 1995, is one which maintains a smoke free environment. Smoking is not allowed within the confines of the premises at Christie’s or Christie’s Education.

Substance Abuse
Possession, drinking, selling or being under the influence of narcotics, illegal substances or alcoholic beverages is expressly prohibited. Such use on or off Christie’s premises resulting in impaired academic performance will result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises is not permitted except during special events when alcohol is served by school.

Chewing Gum
Chewing gum is strictly prohibited in all areas at Christie’s auction house at Rockefeller Plaza.

Public Areas
Smoking is strictly forbidden in all Christie’s auction house and Christie’s Education areas.

Drinking and/or eating are strictly forbidden for Christie's Education students in Christie’s public areas. This includes all public spaces inside both Christie’s Education and Rockefeller Plaza.
Keep all food and drink in the student lounge (Please see Coffee/Food section above) of Christie’s Education and dispose of your garbage in the trash bins provided.

Off-Site Visits
Field trips often involve visits to artist's studios, galleries or private collections. Frequently these venues are the artists' or collectors' homes as well as their workplace. In either case, it is a privilege to enter these spaces, and it should go without saying that as visitors, we should conduct ourselves accordingly.

Professors will often provide information about the artists and their work or the collectors and their collections prior to the field trip. There is often a discussion prior to off-site visits and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, so that when you arrive you are prepared to ask pointed and relevant questions. This will enable students to engage in a knowledgeable and concise discussion, which is built upon what is learned in class, and to use the off-site experience advantageously.

Students should follow the same conduct guidelines that are required of you while you are at Christie’s and also to abide by any rules put forth by the institution, gallery, or studio being visited. Field studies and field trips are strictly academic functions, attendances are recorded and visitors are not invited.


*Please also see the Drug and Alcohol Policy

Constitution and Citizenship Day

On December 8, 2004 President George W. Bush signed a bill (public law 108-447) designating every September 17 as Constitution Day for all schools eligible for Title IV funding. This provision was introduced by Senator Robert Byrd.

Constitution day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by 39 of the 55 delegates present at the Constitutional Convention. The 39 delegates represented thirteen states. The delegate that signed from New York was Alexander Hamilton.

Copyright Infringement Policies

Statement on Intellectual Property

Respect for intellectual labor is vital to academic discourse and to every intellectual and creative enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. Christie's Education New York disapproves of the unlawful use of others’ intellectual property. The employees and students of Christie's Education New York are prohibited from unlawful use of others’ intellectual property. Employees or students who make unlawful use of others’ intellectual property do so at their own risk and assume all liability for such use. Questions concerning this statement should be directed to the Christie's Education librarian.

P2P File Sharing and Illegal Downloading

The use of P2P file sharing applications on the Christie’s Education network without prior authorization is strictly prohibited. These applications consume bandwidth and technological resources and may expose the Christie’s Education network to attacks, viruses and spyware. In addition to consuming bandwidth and technological resources, P2P file-sharing exposes the University network to viruses, spyware and other attacks and is frequently used to illegally distribute copyrighted works.  

Penalties for Copyright Violation

If a copyright owner successfully prosecutes an infringer, the penalties are set at "not less than $750 or more than $30,000" per infringing work. However, if the copyright owner can establish that the violation was "willful" the penalty can be $150,000 per work. (from US Code Title 17 Chapter 5 Section 504: )

Furthermore, The US No Electronic Theft Act establishes that penalties can be charged even if the infringer did not profit in any way from the violation. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

Disability Support Services

Students with learning or physical disabilities who wish to request special accommodations should notify Christie’s Education in writing and be able to provide a letter from a physician for their file. Those with learning disabilities may be eligible for untimed exams or the aid of a computer for written exams, but must meet with the appropriate professor to make arrangements. Those with physical disabilities should have their physical requirements outlined in the letter from their physician and should meet with the Academic Director before classes begin to discuss any requirements or special needs.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Christie’s Education is committed to creating a safe and healthy academic environment for its students, faculty and staff. The school expressly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, or staff members on school property, or while conducting school business off-premises. Members of the school community are responsible for complying with federal, state, and local laws on the possession, use, and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs. Those who violate such laws will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.

General Policies
1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or improper use of either illicit or prescription drugs, or alcohol is prohibited.
2. Students and others who have demonstrated a repeated abuse of alcohol will be referred to appropriate counseling services.
3. Disruptive behavior, inappropriate behavior or intoxication caused by drugs or alcohol use will not be tolerated. Violators are subject to removal from campus and disciplinary action.
4. All members of the Christie’s Education community, including staff and faculty, must abide by the terms of this policy.
5. Violations of the policies, rules and standards adopted by Christie’s Education concerning substance abuse should be reported to Christie’s Human Resources Department when the violation involves an employee. Student-related reports should be made to the Business Manager for Christie’s Education.
6. Any member of the Christie’s Education community found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may range from referral for counseling, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the school or employment, based on the merits of the case.
7. Any student convicted under federal, state or local law applicable to the policy stated above (No. 1) must report said conviction to the Business Manager within five days.
8. According to federal regulations, students convicted for a drug offense that occurred during a period of enrollment while they were receiving Title IV Federal Financial Aid, may lose eligibility for Federal Aid.

Rules Governing the Use of Alcohol
1. Students are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages anywhere on school grounds, the auction house facilities or sites visited during field studies.
2. Alcoholic beverages may be provided only through Christie’s Education for special events, including but not limited to the graduation reception and alumni events. No other alcoholic beverages may be brought onto campus or served.
3. When alcoholic beverages are provided on campus, food and non-alcoholic beverages must also be made available.

Sanctions for Violation of these Policies, Rules and Standards
1. Students charged with violations of this policy shall be referred to the Academic Director and Business Manager and outcomes of disciplinary proceedings may result in the following determinations:
 Dismissal of charges, student found not responsible
 Student found responsible and sanctions imposed
Depending on the merits of the case, possible sanctions may include:
 Referral for substance abuse assessment, counseling and/or treatment
 Probation
 Loss of privileges
 Suspension from Christie’s Education
 Expulsion from Christie’s Education

In addition to school sanctions, the Academic Director and Business Manager, or a designated representative, may refer the students to appropriate governmental authorities when the student’s activity is in clear violation of federal, state or local laws.

Employees suspected of violating these policies, rules and standards, or convicted under a federal, state or local drug or alcohol statute, shall be subject to review in accordance with human resources policies and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. Such a review may result in the following findings:
 Dismissal of charges
 Official warning or other appropriate discipline/action

Employees should refer to the Christie’s Employee handbook for details on employee conduct and work rules pertaining to drugs and alcohol. Additional information can also be obtained by contacting a Human Resources representative at Christie’s.

Counseling and Treatment
Students are encouraged to speak with the Academic Director or Business Manager if they have any questions on drug and alcohol counseling and treatment programs in New York City.

Employees with questions or concerns about substance dependency or abuse are encouraged to use the resources of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP may be reached by calling toll free (877) 243-6215. They may also wish to discuss these matters with their managers or the Human Resources Department to receive assistance or referrals to appropriate resources in the community.

Employees with drug and alcohol problems may be eligible to participate in a rehabilitation or treatment program through Christie’s health insurance benefit coverage.

**For a complete write-up of Drug and Alcohol policies procedures please see the Annual Security Report 2012 available upon request at the front counter.

Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination

Christie’s Education does not discriminate in admissions, employment, programs or services of the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, martial status, citizenship status, disability, and veteran or military status. Questions regarding compliance with the above requirements and requests for assistance should be directed to the Academic Director or Business Manager.

Financial Assistance

Please refer to our Financial Aid page.

Vaccination/Imunization Policies

New York State requires all full-time students born on or after January 1, 1957, to submit immunization documentation for measles (rubella), mumps and rubella (German measles) prior to the start of the academic year. New York State also requires that all full-time students, regardless of their date of birth, submit a Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response form. The immunization forms are sent to students after their payment of the tuition deposit. Failure to comply with the state law will prevent students from studying at Christie’s Education.

Tuition and Fees

M.A. program $1,324.00 per credit (44 credits)

Library and Media fee $528
Student Registration and Services Fee $654
International Student Registration Fee (F-1 status only) $95

Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are due on the dates specified in the chart below:

Tuition and Fee Schedule 2017-2018
Itemization Payment Deadline Total
Tuition Deposit One Month From Acceptance $1,000.00
Fall Term 2017 - 13.5 Credits*, less deposit August 10, 2017 $16,874.00
Library Fee August 10, 2017 $528.00
Student Registration/Services Fee August 10, 2017 $654.00
F-1 International Services Student Fee August 10, 2017 $95.00
Winter Term 2018 - 13.5 Credits December 5,2017 $17,874.00
Spring Term 2018 -  12 Credits March 6, 2018 $15,888.00
Fall Term 2018 - 5 credits August 10, 2018 $6,620.00


M.A. program $1,470.00 per credit (40 credits)

Library and Media fee $528
Student Registration and Services Fee $654
International Student Registration Fee (F-1 status only) $95

Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are due on the dates specified in the chart below:

Tuition and Fee Schedule 2017-2018
Itemization Payment Deadline Total
Tuition Deposit One Month From Acceptance $1,000.00
Fall Term 2016 - 13.5 Credits*, less deposit August 10, 2017 $16,640.00
Library Fee August 10, 2017 $528.00
Student Registration/Services Fee August 10, 2017 $654.00
F-1 International Services Student Fee August 10, 2017 $95.00
Winter Term 2017 - 13.5 Credits December 5,2017 $16,170.00
Spring Term 2017 -12 Credits March 6, 2018 $17,640.00
Fall Term 2017 - 5 credits August 10, 2018 $7,350.00


Tuition payments may be made by check, money order, wire transfer and credit card. All fees are payable to Christie’s Education in U.S. dollars and drawn on U.S. banks only.


Late payment and uncollected fees 1 ½ % monthly penalty
Returned/Bounced check fee $25 (each transaction)
Christie’s Education transcript fee $15 (each official transcript)
Replacement Diploma/Certificate $25.00
Trips: M.A. Students, for who these trips are mandatory and any Certificate students who sign up will be charged for admission and transportation fees for field trips if they fail to attend. There is a cancellation fee of $400 if a student cannot attend the extended study trip that takes place once a year.

School policy does not permit students who do not meet payment requirements to attend internship programs and graduation, as well as to obtain academic advisement, diploma, transcript, employment recommendations and all other services. Students who fail to make tuition payments on time will be prohibited to attend classes and any school functions.


In the rare event that a MA student is granted an extension to complete his/her thesis beyond the December graduation date, the student will be responsible for paying maintenance of matriculation fee of $2,805 for the extended period of enrollment. Additionally, students who are granted any other type of program extension will be required to pay additional tuition and fees. Please contact the Business Manager for further information.

Please click here for the COA breakdown.

Refund Policy

Students who intend to withdraw from Christie’s Education should advise the Academic Director and Business Manager in formal writing. After the notification of withdrawal is submitted, students will promptly receive an official withdrawal letter from school.

Those students who officially withdraw from the Christie’s Education Master of Arts program may be eligible for a refund of tuition. The date in which official notification is received by the institution determines the students’ refund. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of notification to the institution.

Withdrawal prior to the 1st day of term 100%
Withdrawal within the 1st week of term 50%
Withdrawal within the 2nd week of term 20%
Withdrawal after the 2nd week of term 0%

Students considering withdrawal who have received federal financial aid funds should refer to the “Return to Title IV” policy and are strongly encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Administrator prior to notifying the institution of their decision.

Change of Enrollment/Leave of Absence

Christie’s Education expects its students to maintain continuous registration in an academic program with the exception of institutionally scheduled breaks. However, it is sometimes necessary for a student to take a leave from enrollment for a period of time. Such leaves may be voluntary or involuntary, and will be handled in accordance with the Christie’s Education Student Leave of Absence Policy. Students must also visit the Academic Director and Business Manager for additional information concerning the impact of a voluntary or involuntary leave and any additional requirements for such leaves.

I. Voluntary Leave of Absence
Christie’s Education recognizes that situations may arise when a student may want to voluntarily interrupt his or her academic studies. The institution is committed to handling reasonable requests for leaves in a responsible manner. This policy may not be used in lieu of disciplinary action to address any violations of Christie’s Education rules, regulations, policies, or practices. A student who is granted a voluntary leave while on academic and/or disciplinary status will return to that same status.

A voluntary leave is defined as a student’s request to separate from Christie’s Education for a temporary period. The duration of the leave must be agreed upon by both the student and the Academic Director or the Director’s designee. An extension of the original agreed upon duration may be granted for good cause. However, a Leave of Absence together with any additional leaves must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12-month period.

A student on an approved leave of absence will be considered enrolled at Christie’s Education and would be eligible for an in-school deferment for student aid loans. Federal financial aid and in-school deferment may be negatively impacted if a student fails to apply for the leave of absence or if the application is denied. (This impacts students who receive Title IV federal financial aid or who want to have a federal student loan deferred from payment while in school). Students will not receive disbursements of Title IV student loan financial aid funds during the leave of absence.

Procedure: The following procedure must be followed in order for a student to be granted an official voluntary leave of absence:
1. The student should discuss a leave of absence with the Academic Director.
2. The student must submit a written request for a voluntary leave of absence, outlining the reasons for the leave, to the Academic Director and Business Manager. This letter must be signed and dated by the student before submission.
3. If the student is seeking a voluntary leave due to a medical or psychological condition, he/she must submit documentation from a medical professional to the Academic Director.
4. The student will be notified in writing by the Academic Director or the Director’s designee of the approval or denial of the request for a leave. If the request is approved, the terms and conditions of the leave shall be set forth in the approval letter.
5. If a voluntary leave is approved, the Christie’s student identification card is to be returned to Christie’s Education.
6. The notation “leave of absence” will be entered on the student’s transcript.

Returning from a Voluntary Leave of Absence: Students may return early from an approved leave of absence prior to the official leave end date only with the approval of the Academic Director. For students receiving federal financial aid, failure to return from an approved leave of absence may have an impact on student loan repayment terms as well as the grace period. The first day of the leave will be reported as the beginning of the grace period for those that fail to return.

II. Involuntary Leave of Absence
Christie’s Education may place a student on an involuntary leave of absence from the student’s academic program when that student: (1) poses a direct threat to health and safety of self or others; and (2) is not able or not willing to take a voluntary leave of absence. This policy may not be used in lieu of disciplinary actions to address any violations of Christie’s Education rules, regulations, policies, or practices. A student who is placed on an involuntary leave while on academic and/or disciplinary status will return to that same status.

1. When an involuntary leave is under consideration, the Academic Director or Director’s designee will request a meeting with the student. The student will be asked to provide relevant medical and/or psychological information from his or her health care provider.
2. A decision will be reached by the Academic Director or Director’s designee. The student will be informed in writing of the decision and the terms and conditions of the leave and re-enrollment.
3. If a student is placed on an involuntary leave, the Christie’s student identification card is to be returned to Christie’s Education.
4. The notation “leave of absence” will be entered on the student’s transcript.
Appeal of an Involuntary Leave Decision: A student who is placed on an involuntary leave may appeal the decision to the Business Manager within ten business days of the decision. The appeal should be made in writing and should set forth the basis for the appeal. The Academic Director and Business Manager shall review the record and any additional information submitted by the student. The Director and Business Manager will affirm or reverse the decision, which is then considered final.

Return from an Involuntary Leave/Re-enrollment:
1. At least eight weeks before the start of the term in which the student is expected to return, the student must notify the Academic Director in writing of the intention to return/re-enroll at the conclusion of the leave period. If the conduct giving rise to the involuntary leave was
caused by a psychological or medical condition, the student must also submit documentation from a medical professional confirming that the student is fit to return to school.
2. Following the review of the re-enrollment request and upon consideration of information provided by the student’s health care provider, a decision will be reached by the Academic Director whether the student may return/re-enroll in the Master of Arts program and the terms and conditions of such a return. The Academic Director or Director’s designee will notify the student in writing of the decision.
3. Failure to contact the Academic Director within the designated time period may result in the denial of re-enrollment.

Appeal of Decision Denying Re-enrollment: A student may appeal a decision denying re-enrollment to the Business Manager in writing within ten business days of receiving the decision. The Director of Studies and Business Manager shall review the record and any additional information submitted by the student and render a decision. The decision reached shall be final.

Academic Programs - MA in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market and MA in Art, Law and Business

Programs of Study

M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market

M.A. in Art, Law and Business

In 2007 Christie’s Education New York was accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education in their capacity as a nationally recognized accrediting agency in the United States. Christie’s Education New York, as a degree-granting institution, holds its own graduation ceremony at Rockefeller Center each year.

Why Graduate Study at Christie's Education?

Christie’s Education New York is part of the global family of Christie’s Education founded in 1978. By coming to study at Christie’s Education you will be receiving a unique insight into the functioning of, and history of, the art market with unparalleled access to the auction house and the works of art that pass through it every week. The history of art is explored through continuing first hand observation of works in many media and students address issues of meaning, originality, and authenticity.

Internship Program

All master’s students participate in an internship program which is a required and monitored component of their master’s degree. Christie’s Education helps students secure internships through the assistance of an internship coordinator who helps them research opportunities and target three or four prospective placement sites to which they will apply for an internship.


On graduation, many of our alumni go on to careers in the art world and can be found at some of the most prestigious cultural institutions in New York and throughout the United States. Many of our alumni choose to begin their own businesses, including art consulting firms and galleries. Below is a select listing of the organizations where our alumni have been recently employed: Christie’s: Post-War and Contemporary Art; Estates and Appraisals; Impressionist and Modern; Photographs • 511 Gallery • Artists Rights Society • Bellwether Gallery • Brooklyn Museum • College Art Association • Doyle New York • Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts • Fine Art Capitol • Gagosian Gallery • Jewish Museum • J.Paul Getty Trust • Marian Goodman • Masterson Gurr Johns • Mitchell-Innes & Nash • Museum of Modern Art • Mixed Greens • Pace Wildenstein Gallery • Peter Findlay Gallery • Seattle Art Museum • Sotheby’s • Swann Galleries • Tajan • The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum • ViArt Corporation

How to Apply

Applications are made by completing the Application Form. This is available on the webpage for each course by clicking 'apply now' in the top left. 

Applicants will be asked to attend for interview based on the information they provide on the form. Christie’s Education accepts applications for New York beginning in the fall for the following academic year.

All applicants for master's programs must also complete the following:
Letter of Recommendation

All applicants must pay an application administration fee of $90

Any queries concerning the application process should be addressed to the Admissions Committee on

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Christie's Education New York offers financial assistance to admitted students through Merit Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships. To apply please download the form here.


Christie’s Education believes it is important for future students to have an opportunity to meet faculty in order to discuss the suitability of the courses and the applicant’s plans for the future. In New York, the Admissions Committee invites selected candidates for an interview where candidates will be asked to discuss a selection of images as well as their particular interests. Applicants will be formally notified of the outcome of their interview within 2-3 weeks by official letter and email.

TOEFL and GRE Exams

Applicants to the Christie’s Education New York master’s program must be proficient in English. Applicants whose native language is not English, or who are graduates of non-English speaking colleges and universities, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional for applicants to the Master's Programs. The TOEFL and GRE test takers must have their scores forwarded to Christie’s Education by Educational Testing Service (ETS) which administers these exams. They must enter the Christie’s Education code, 9394, on the TOEFL and GRE Score Report Request Form. For information on these exams, please visit the ETS website at


Academic Programs - Continuing Education

Christie's Education New York offers two program options for those who are unable or do not wish to commit to a full-time degree: a Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art in New York and The Art Business Certificate. Christie's Education New York also offers a variety of short course programs all year long.


Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art in New York

This part-time certificate program combines academic study of modern and contemporary art with wide-ranging exposure to the vibrant New York art world.  Beginning in September and ending in early June, the certificate program runs parallel to the full-time graduate program and is divided into fall, winter, and spring terms.


  • Students attend the Modern Art Survey lecture course, which meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning.  Team-taught by the Christie’s Education faculty and respected scholars from other institutions, these lectures chronicle the evolution of modern and contemporary art from 1850 to the present.
  • Students also attend the certificate seminar one afternoon per week.  Led by a Christie’s Education professor, this intimate gathering sometimes meets in the classroom, but mostly entails field studies to art-related sites in and around New York.  Students visit artist studios, conservation labs, exhibitions, and private collections, among other venues.
  • Students may also attend weekly Art Business sessions, out-of-town field trips (taken once per term), and special topic lectures.

Students may elect to perform academic work and receive a certificate at the end of the program if they have satisfied the requirements.  They may also attend the lectures and seminars without the pressure of academic work, but no certificate will be awarded.

How to Apply:
While no formal interview is required, applicants are encouraged to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee as part of their application process. Please complete the Certificate Application Form and submit to the Admissions Committee. Any queries should be addressed to the Admissions Committee at $35 Admission application fee.

The Art Business Certificate

The Art Business Certificate is designed for both art professionals and newcomers to the field who wish to gain the knowledge they need to thrive in today’s highly competitive art world.

Click here for more information.


Christie's Education Continuing Education Program

Evening and day time short courses are offered at Christie’s Education New York and provide an insight into art and the art world. Class lengths and topics vary, so please visit our short course page for class offerings and times.

Click here for more information.

Transfer of Credits Policy

Christie's Graduate Program is a fully integrated program of study, and therefore, accepts no transfer credit.  Transfer of credits from Christie's to graduate programs in other institutions may be possible, subject to the approval of those institutions.

Placement of Graduates

Release of the Disclosure for Gainful Employment Program

See sectors and occupations that students from our programs filter into

Graduation from Christie's Education programs does not guarantee job placement in any way. Career Counseling is available for Christie's Education New York graduates.

Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records; and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. The law applies to any individual who is or has been in attendance at an institution and regarding how the institution maintains educational records.

Primary rights of Students under FERPA
1. To inspect and review educational records
2. To seek to amend educational records through informal and formal hearings
3. To have some control over the release of information about educational records

Educational records contain information that is directly related to a student and are maintained by the institution, or a third party acting on behalf of the institution.
Examples of education records include:
1. Handwritten notes,
2. Computer files/generated information,
3. Printed information,
4. Video or audio tapes,
5. Film,
6. Microfilm or microfiche, and
7. Any information maintained in any way about a student.

Directory Information
Some information in a student's educational record is defined as Directory Information under FERPA. Under a strict reading of FERPA, the school may disclose this type of information without the written consent of the student. However, the student can exercise the option to restrict the release of directory information by submitting a request to the school to limit disclosure. Such request can be made by completing a FERPA Hold Directory Information Form, which can be obtained by contacting the Admissions and Academic Coordinator, and can also be found online at

Christie’s Education, in accordance with FERPA, has designated the following categories of information about individual students as public, or directory information. This information will be routinely released to any inquirer unless the student specifically request that all or part of the following list be withheld:
• Student name
• Address
• Email address
• Telephone number
• Date of birth
• Enrollment status (part/full time)
• Field of study
• Dates of attendance
• Degree and date of graduation including anticipated graduation date
• Awards received including academic awards
• Previous institutions attended

Unless covered by an exception, Christie’s Education staff may not release:
1. Social Security number,
2. Race/ethnicity/nationality,
3. Gender,
4. Grades, or
5. Other personally identifiable information without written consent or when covered by an exception.

To have Christie’s Education staff release information other than directory information, students must authorize access to non-directory information for third parties. This can be done by completing a FERPA Non-Directory Information Release Form, available at or by contacting the Academic and Admissions Coordinator.

Under FERPA, educational institutions may release information from student records without prior consent:
1. To school officials with legitimate educational interest* (as defined by institution within FERPA guidelines).
2. To schools in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.
3. To federal, state and local authorities involving an audit or evaluation of compliance with education programs.
*Legitimate educational interest

Christie’s Education discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.

A school official is a person employed by Christie’s Education in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom Christie’s Education has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using Christie’s Education employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Academic Advisory Board; a student serving as a graduate assistant; or a student serving on an official committee, such as the staff and student forum or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Christie’s Education.

FERPA Annual Notice to Reflect Possible Federal and State Data Collection and Use

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities.

In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

Access to Education Records
Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day Christie’s Education receives a written request for access, anytime after their enrollment.

Students should submit their written request, identifying as precisely as possible the record(s) they wish to review, to the Academic Director or Business Manager or other appropriate official records custodian. The Christie’s Education official will make arrangements for your review of the education records, or will advise you of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
If a student wishes to photocopy or otherwise reproduce all or a portion of their education records, they may do so, for those items to which they have not waived their right of access, at the cost normally charged students for use of such school equipment.

Records Not Open to Student Review
In accordance with federal regulations, students do not have the right to review the following records:
1. The financial records of the student's parents.
2. Letters and statements of recommendation for which the student has waived his or her right of access.
3. Records connected with an application to attend Christie’s Education if that application was denied.
4. Education records containing information about more than one student, in which case Christie’s Education will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student.
5. Those records which are excluded from the FERPA definition of education records.

Right of Christie’s Education to Refuse to Provide Copies
Christie’s Education reserves the right to deny copies if the transcripts or other records are not required to be made available under FERPA, if the student has an overdue financial obligation to Christie’s Education or if there is an unresolved disciplinary action against the student.

Request Amendment of Education Records
Students have the right to request amendment of their education records if they believe they are inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the Academic Director and Business Manager, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

Christie’s Education officials will reach a decision and inform the student within fifteen business days after receiving the request. If the student’s request to amend the record is denied, the school officials will advise the student of their right to a hearing on the requested amendment.

The hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer or committee appointed by the Academic Director. The hearing will be held before an officer or committee with no direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. However, the hearing officer or committee may be employed by or exist at Christie’s Education. The hearing will be held within a reasonable amount of time after the request for a hearing has been made. The hearing officer will notify the student, reasonably in advance, of the date, place and time of the hearing.

The student will be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issue raised. The student may be accompanied by one or more other persons, including an attorney. The hearing officer or committee will make a decision in writing based on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and the reasons for the decision.

If the hearing officer or committee supports the complaint, the education record will be amended accordingly and the student will be so informed. If the hearing officer or committee decides not to amend the education record, the student has the right to place in the education record a statement commenting on the challenged information and/or stating the reasons for disagreeing with the decision. This statement will be maintained as part of the education record as long as the contested portion is maintained, and whenever a copy of the education record is sent to any party, the student’s statement will be included.

Destruction of Records
Nothing in this policy requires the continued maintenance of any student record for any particular length of time. However, if under the terms of this policy the student has requested access to their education record, the record will not be destroyed before the custodian has granted them access.

Under FERPA, students have the right to contact the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605, with a complaint about the Christie’s Education’s compliance with FERPA.

Complete regulations and full definitions of terminology are at

FERPA Hold Directory Information Form

FERPA Non-Directory Information Release Form

Required Course Materials

Required course materials will be updated regularly and will be made available to all enrolled students before each term.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory academic progress is defined as proceeding toward successful completion of degree requirements and all students are required to meet the requirements listed below in order to be eligible for a Master’s degree at Christie’s Education.

Students attending Christie’s Education and who are in receipt of Federal Financial Aid are required to make satisfactory progress in their degree program in order to remain eligible for federal aid. The institution is required by the US Department of Education to check the academic progress of students and we will do this prior to releasing disbursements of federal financial aid funds.

Please note that the federal regulations stipulate that students may not take more than 150% of the normal duration to complete their studies in order to remain eligible and continue to receive federal financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements All graduate students are expected to maintain full-time status, with part-time study permitted on a case-by-case basis only with special permission from the institution. Master of Arts students are to complete their coursework, internship and thesis within 15 months and are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point at the conclusion of each of the three terms. M.A. students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the completion of the program in order to graduate.

The Master of Arts degree is awarded upon successful completion of the 44 credits listed below:

Modern Art Survey 6 Credits (2 credits per term) Connoisseurship Seminar/Field Study 9 Credits (3 credits per term) History of the Art Market Seminar/Field Study 9 Credits (3 credits per term) Professional Practices 6 Credits (2 credits per term) Historiography 9 Credits (3 credits per term) Internship 2 Credits M.A. Thesis 3 Credits
M.A. candidates must pass the thesis and end-of-term presentations, complete their internships by the end of November of the year following admission, and fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Academic Warning Students’ academic progress will be monitored closely by faculty and the Academic Director through each term and those students who risk failure to meet satisfactory academic progress will be given a notice of academic warning after mid-term grades are recorded during week six of each term. Students who receive a notice of academic warning will be asked to meet with the Academic Director and their professors.

Failure to Maintain Academic Progress
A student in the M.A. Program whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for one term will be placed on academic probation. An M.A. student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for two consecutive terms will not be allowed to continue in the M.A. program. An M.A student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 at the conclusion of the third term will not be allowed to continue but may be given the option to graduate with an Advanced Certificate if their Graduation/Retention GPA is above a 2.8 and he or she successfully completes the Internship requirement.

A student who fails to achieve the required cumulative Graduation/Retention GPA of 3.0 will be placed on financial aid probation for the following term of enrollment at Christie’s Education. A student may receive financial aid while on probation, but must meet the standards in the ―Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements‖ section in order to clear the probation and continue to be eligible. If the student does not meet academic standards by the end of the probation period, they will no longer be eligible for financial aid. An appeal can be made to the institution in writing if this situation arises.

Graduate Assistants and Scholarship Recipients on Academic Probation Graduate assistants on academic probation may be in jeopardy of having their position terminated for failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress or to maintain the minimum 3.3 grade point average required of graduate assistants. Scholarship Recipients are also required to maintain a 3.3 grade point average or their scholarship offer will be rescinded and the student will be fully responsible for payment all tuition and fees due as a result.

Staff Directory

Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Academic Director,
1 212 355 1501 ext. 3301

Margaret Conklin, Vice President, Business Manager;
1 212 355 1501 ext. 3302

Hilary Smith, AVP Recruitment and Admissions Officer;
1 212 355 1501 ext. 3309

Catherine Warden, Short Course and Financial Aid Administrator;
1 212 355 1501 ext. 3300

Diana Campos, Career Services Officer;
1 212 938 0724 

Student Body Diversity

Our students come from many diverse backgrounds and from across the globe. Studying at Christie's Education will give students the ability to work closely with students that represent the global reach of the art world.

Student Handbook

Available here.

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Withdrawal Policy

Return to Title IV Policy for Federal Financial Aid
Christie’s Education, in accordance with 34CFR Sec. 668.22, calculates the return of Title IV Funds for any student whom received Title IV Aid and subsequently withdraws from the institution.

If a student completely withdraws from Christie’s Education and has used Federal Title IV funds (i.e. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan), during the enrollment period (i.e. term) in which they withdraw, the institution will observe the federally mandated process in determining what, if any amount of money must be returned to the federal program(s). Title IV recipients who withdraw completely before completing 60% of the enrollment period for which the student has been charged will be required to return a portion of the federal funds they received.

Official Withdrawal Policy
Students who intend to officially withdraw from Christie’s Education must inform the Academic Director and Business Manager in writing, as outlined in the Academic Policies, Standards and Integrity section of the Student Handbook.

In cases where a student has received federal financial assistance during that term, the Financial Aid officer will determine what, if any adjustment be made. This determination will be based on the formula mandated in the federal regulations for the return of Title IV funds. This determination is made on the basis of the number of calendar days completed in the term prior to the student’s notification to withdraw, divided by the total number of days in the term.

If the resulting percentage is greater than or equal to 60%, no return of federal funds will take place. If the percentage is less than 60%, this percentage will be used to determine the portion of Title IV aid that has been “earned.” The remaining amount must be returned to the federal loan programs.

Determination of Withdrawal Date
The official date of withdrawal for a student is the date the institution was formally notified in writing of the student’s intention to discontinue their enrollment. If a student is administratively withdrawn (i.e. dismissed from the institution for academic or other reasons), the official withdrawal date shall be the date the institution informed the student of this decision. In the case where a student ceases to attend classes without formally informing the institution, the official withdrawal date will be the date the institution became aware that the student ceased attendance.

Refund Policy
Refunds as a result of official withdrawals will be made in accordance with the Christie’s Education refund policy. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of the withdrawal date and in the following order:

 Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
 Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans

After a withdrawal from the institution, if the amount of money that must be returned to the Title IV programs exceeds that which exists in the student’s account as a result of the institution’s refund policy, the student will be notified as to the amount of any financial aid that must be repaid to the federal loan program(s).

This repayment must take place in order for a student to reestablish eligibility to receive federal funds in the future. Any loan proceeds must be repaid under the normal repayment procedures for the federal loan program and the terms and conditions of the promissory note of the loan signed by the student.

The official refund schedule of Christie’s Education is as follows:
Withdrawal prior to the 1st day of term 100%
Withdrawal within the 1st week of class each term 50%
Withdrawal within the 2nd week of class each term 20%
Withdrawal after the 2nd week of class each term 0%

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Students Object Handling
Studying at Christie’s Education helped me learn how to define and create value in a global art market and better positioned me to succeed in this market, which is highly dependent on inter-institutional business.
Jennifer Grossman
Assistant to the Vice President, Richard L. Feigen & Co.
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