MA in Art Law and Arts Management
International Hellenic University (IHU)
1 - 3 year
Full time, Part time
31 Aug 2024*
Earliest start date
* for international applicants | for Greek applicants: 30-09-2024
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, and 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.
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 5:00 pm. To be awarded the MA degree, students must complete a total of 90 credits.
Scholarships and Funding
- To be eligible for the Academic excellence scholarship, candidates need to provide evidence of academic excellence such as a first-class bachelor's degree or an official document from the School that they have been among the top 5% of the graduates of their class.
- The Tuition fee exemption in accordance with Law 4957/2022 concerns only Greek citizens.
- The additional funding is for IHU graduates of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics, or of other Schools of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies (UCIPS) who decide to attend a second postgraduate programme of the School, and for IHU students who are studying at the same time and are second-degree relatives (siblings).
The previous year there were also tuition fee discounts based on specific criteria for specific programmes, announced on the programme’s page (tab: Fees and Financing). For the upcoming intakes, there is no such announcement yet, for any update we will keep you informed.
- 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, collection as investment property, auctions, auction houses)
- Settlement of disputes concerning cultural objects
- Copyright Law (national – international)
- Arts management
- Digitality and the Arts
The elective courses
The programme 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: it’s 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 programme. 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.