MA in History and Business of Art and Collecting


Program Description

MA in History and Business of Art and Collecting


MA in History and Business of Art and Collecting

This Master of Arts will immerse the students in the history of some of Europe’s most important art centers. In each European center students learn about works of art, study the market and meet professionals, curators and experts. We strongly believe that “Experience is the best teacher” and this MA is a unique opportunity to directly involve students in the history of collecting and the art market as it evolves.


  • Museum Manager
  • Auctioneer
  • Antique Dealer
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Expert
  • Gallery Manager
  • Contemporary Art Advisor
  • Artist Agent
  • Art Finance Expert
  • Cultural Heritage Manager
  • Exhibition Curator
  • Cultural Tourism Advisor
  • Artistic Director
  • Cultural Institution Manager
  • Cultural Industries Entrepreneur


Drawing upon the expertise of an international group of professionals, visiting lecturers and our core team of professors, you will learn about the historical context surrounding art and collecting, the development of the art market in Europe up to the early 20th century and its mechanisms today.

1st year: History of Art from 1500-1900 and Structures of the Art Market, intensively taught through lectures, seminars, visits and workshops with study trips abroad.

2nd year: In-depth research seminars and business workshops in London; writing the dissertation.

Collecting and the Historic Art Market

  • The History of Collecting from the Renaissance to c.1750
  • The Patronage and Collecting of the Medici c.1420-1650
  • Collecting and the Rise of the Art Market in Paris and London c.1750-1915
  • Art and Collecting in the Netherlands
  • Art Nouveau in Brussels
  • The Economic, Social and Cultural background of the Art Market
  • Specialist Seminar on Collecting in the 17th or 19th century

The Art Market Today

  • Methodology and Structure of the art Market in Paris
  • Principles of Finance Marketing and Law
  • Practices of Conservation and the Art Market in Italy
  • Structure and Practices of the Art Market in London
  • Marketing, Sponsorship, Client relationships, Creating an international Dealership
  • The Structure and Marketing of TEFAF
  • Workshops in law, Conservation, Marketing, Economics and Writing a Business plan.


  • THEME: Arts & Culture
  • DURATION: 2 years
  • TUITION FEES: Year 1 – 13 000 euros / Year 2 - 7 400 euros
  • PROGRAM TYPE: Full time program
  • INTAKE: September
  • LOCATION: Paris - 1 Semester + London - 3 Semesters
  • DEGREE: UK MA delivered by University of Warwick. IESA Certificate.


Upper second class BA degree with honors (2.1) or equivalent completed.

Applicants should have knowledge of art history.

For applicants whose native language is not English, proof of language proficiency is required: -IELTS: 7.0 overall (with 2 minimum component scores at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+) -TOEFL: 105 overall (ITB).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
13,000 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
France Paris, Ile-de-France
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United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 2 years
Price 13,000 EUR
Year 1; Year 2 - 7 400 euros