The MA in Art Law and Arts Management Programme is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The program aims at exploring and highlighting the functional interdependence between art law and arts management. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the legal, financial and political considerations and the corresponding regulatory approaches implemented in Europe and elsewhere concerning the creation of digital works of art, the art trade, the operation of the markets concerned, the function of intellectual property law at the EU and international level, the protection of cultural heritage and protection against unlawfully acquired works of art. The program adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and is addressed to graduates of various academic backgrounds, including law, economics, political science, history of art, philosophy, etc., who wish to specialize in the interrelation between art, law, and the economy.
We aim at providing candidates with:
the specialized legal, financial and cultural background to pursue a successful career in academia and research, private organizations that commercialize works of art, museums, art collections, law firms practicing in the field of public sector organizations involved in the management, legal protection, re-claiming and supporting works of art;
legal and financial expertise in the operation and management of art markets (including sales of works of art, art portfolio management, art auctions, etc.);
in-depth knowledge of the national and international legal framework on national heritage, monument preservation, art loans, or archaeology laws;
intellectual property law expertise within a globalized art market;
insights on those fields of law (constitutional, civil, penal, etc.) affecting the legal protection of works of art.
The courses are taught exclusively in English. The academics teaching in the program come from universities both abroad and in Greece.
Who can apply
To be considered for the program, candidates are required to have:
an undergraduate degree from a recognized University
proof of English competence [a recognized certificate of proficiency of C1 level, recently acquired IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 95 and above) or TOEIC (745 and above) score]
The core courses
Cultural property regulation and national and international heritage legislation. International protection of cultural property
Artwork Transactions – Legal aspects of international trade in art (dealers, museums, collectors, collections as investment property, auctions, auction houses)
Settlement of disputes concerning cultural objects
Copyright Law (national – international)
The core courses
Digitality and the Arts
The elective courses
The program offers a choice of electives which represent a rich variety of subject areas. Participants choose two of the following modules (one in each term):
International protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict
Competition Law and intellectual property rights. Technology and intellectual property
Legal problems of architecture design, photography, and other artifacts (especially in digital form – multimedia)
Arts management applications
Marketing for Cultural Organisations
UNESCO: its Contribution to the World Cultural Heritage
In the third term, students choose a dissertation topic relevant to the courses of the MA in Art Law and Arts Management program. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as the supervisor, working closely with the student. The dissertation is an individual 10,000-word paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student’s supervisor. After the submission of the dissertation, the student must present the dissertation to the three-member committee.
The duration of the program is three terms; the first two are taught and the third is dedicated to the Master’s dissertation. The courses are taught over weekends, twice or three times a month, while the written examinations take place on Fridays, at 17:00 pm. In order to be awarded the MA degree, students must complete a total of 90 credits.
This involves taking:
Five core courses (30 credits)
Two core courses (18 credits) and
Two elective courses (12 credits)
Master’s Dissertation (30 credits)
Fees & Financing
The program fees for the MA in Art Law and Arts Management is 3.000€ *. The amount is payable in two installments for the full-time mode or in four installments for the part-time mode at the beginning of each semester. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK – OAED program.
If you have been accepted to a postgraduate program, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first installment of your tuition fees. The deposit is non-refundable once you have commenced your studies at the IHU. Prior to that, a refund can be made but a 20% administrative fee will be retained. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer or bank draft. Credit card payments can be made through electronic banking (contact your Bank as handling fees may apply).
The School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Economics offer a number of scholarships for the programs it offers, covering a significant proportion of the fees. These scholarships are competitive. Award criteria include the quality of the first degree, the undergraduate grades of the candidate, his/her command of the English language, and overall profile. Candidates for scholarships should include a separate letter with their application documents in which they request to be considered for a scholarship, stating the reasons why they think they qualify.
The next MA in Art Law and Arts Management class starts in October 2022. Interested parties are invited to submit their application by 30 September 2022 or until places are filled.
Aikaterini StavrouMA in Art Law and Arts Management
’After having incorporated into its context a major number of international law experts mandated to indicate the legal, cultural, and, inevitably, economic considerations upon the issue of the globalized art market, this challenging and demanding postgraduate program has managed to build for us, i.e. its current international students, a unique and innovative vocation – specialization; a specialization based on the different perspectives arisen with regard to the crucial issue of art as creation, ownership, and transactions.