Master in Contemporary Art Markets

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

Program Description

Master in Contemporary Art Markets

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano




The Master in Contemporary Art Markets is an intensive study path that will give you the artistic vocabulary and expertise to interpret the dynamics and economics of today’s art market.

You’ll have the opportunity to network with established industry professionals and to collaborate with internationally acclaimed art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, institutions, collections, and art centers.

The educational path comprises two cycles. The first cycle is dedicated to theoretical lectures and thematic workshops on the humanistic, economic, and legal aspects of the art market. The humanistic theme addresses modern and contemporary art languages, the history of private and public collections, and valuing historic and contemporary works of art. The economic and legal theme focuses on the operational structures and economic processes of the art market, while analyzing managerial, technical, and administrative elements. This first phase also includes class visits to galleries, fairs, foundations, and museums.

During the second cycle, you’ll complete your internship, attend a series of conferences held by professionals, and prepare your final project. Your internship is a valuable opportunity to put your knowledge to practical use and gain direct insight into various dimensions of the art market. You’ll also have the chance to participate in an exciting three-day field trip to Art Basel in Switzerland.

The Master in Contemporary Art Markets program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Master’s degree (60 CFs).


Subjects: Economics and the Art Market, Art Management, Art Market Legislation, Valuation of Collections, Contemporary Museology, and History of Contemporary Art

Workshops: Collection Assessment, Cataloguing and Management of Art Archives, Art Conservation and Restoration, Collection Management, Art Market Information, Photography Market, Non-European Collections, Installations, and Curatorship


Professional Perspectives

Graduates of the Master in Contemporary Art Markets program will be capable of fulfilling a wide range of roles in the contemporary art sector. They could launch a career as a(n):

  • Project manager for galleries, museums, and foundations
  • Specialist and administrator at auction houses
  • Art advisor
  • Curator of private collections
  • Cataloguer within art foundations and archives
  • Communications manager
  • Financial advisor on art collections
  • Legal consultant on the value of art collections
  • Gallery director


NABA’s Career Service helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.


Students will undertake a minimum internship period of 200 hours, gaining hands-on experience at a gallery, auction house, art center, foundation, museum, private collection, publishing house, or art periodical.


The Master in Contemporary Art Market collaborates with Open Care, FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea (FMCCA), UniCredit, Miart, and Exibart.

This school offers programs in:
  • Italian

Cost & Fees

  • EU and Swiss citizens: €12.950
  • non-EU citizens: €16.250

Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
1 year
Full time
12,950 EUR
Italy - Milan
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EU and Swiss citizens: €12.950; non-EU citizens: €16.250