Art, Law and Business (Christie's Education, London) MSc

This Master’s in Art, Law and Business is designed to explore the relationship between all three disciplines and to critically evaluate the processes and outcomes of this interaction. It will explore the specificity and dynamics of the Art Market(s) with in the current international economy.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • This intensive programme is designed for a small group of highly motivated students wishing to fast-track into the art world as professionals.
  • It offers a unique combination of the study of Law and Business with Art and is taught at Christie’s Education London, part of Christie’s Auction House, which is an affiliated institute of the University of Glasgow.
  • London is the heart of the international art market and the course makes full use of the museums, galleries and commercial outlets in the city. You will be registered with the University of Glasgow, but study in London at Christie’s Education in Great Titchfield Street.
  • The work placement is a special feature of the programme. It enables you to work inside Christie’s King Street – the global headquarters of Christie’s Auction House – so that you can make practical use of the skills you are learning in a real-life environment.
  • You will also be taken to art fairs such as Art Basel, Hong Kong, FIAC Paris and TEFAF Maastricht, so that you can experience the international art market from the point of view of dealerships and discover how the market works outside the auction house. 
  • The programme is particularly concerned with the operation of art law, and the relationship between international law and the art trade. Art law has developed through agreement and dispute between the art market’s main trading partners in the USA and the UK, as well as by agreed international norms through international bodies such as UNESCO.
  • Key features:
    • The only programme of its type in the UK to combine the study of Art, Law and Business in one course of study.
    • Work placement of one-day-a-week is incorporated into the programme.
    • Visits to international art fairs are incorporated into the programme.
    • Lecturers from within Christie’s Auction House as well as visiting academics and practitioners.
    • Access to Christie’s Auction House.
    • Study in London at Christie’s Education.
    • Opportunities for post-Master’s internships.

Programme structure

The programme comprises three main strands:

  1. Art: taught through a lectures and seminars, supported by visits, leading to summative assessment by seminar presentations, essays and examination.
  2. Law: taught in lectures, case studies and seminars leading to summative examination.
  3. Business: taught through lectures, visits, case studies, projects and seminars leading to course work in the form of reports, summative examination and a dissertation.

Teaching is delivered in all 4 semesters through lectures and seminars at Christie’s Education, London. Work placements are timetabled every Wednesday during the teaching period. Visits to international Art Fairs are staged at appropriate times during the 15 months of the programme. Dissertation research is co-supervised by Christie’s Education staff. Reports on your performance while on work placement form part of your overall achievement appraisal at the end of the programme.

Core Courses

History of Art Lecture Programme

  • History of Art Lecture Programme
  • Theory of Art and Culture Seminar

Art Business Lecture Programme

  • The Art Market(s)
  • Art Institutions
  • Auction Process
  • Art Marketing Management
  • Art Market Evolutions

Art Law Lecture Programme

  • Contract I: The Legal Structure of an Art Transaction
  • Contract II: Variation, Breach and Financial Instruments
  • Authenticity and Expertise – Legal Principles
  • Ownership, Title and Restitution
  • Corporate Law and Regulation
  • Restriction on the Movement of Art
  • Taxation of Art
  • Intellectual Property and Freedom of Expression

Cataloguing Classes

  • Single Object Catalogue & Consignment Report 


  • At Christie’s Auction House

Art Fairs

  • At least three international fairs during the period of study

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. The applicant must show some aptitude for working with works of art, but a degree in History of Art is not required to apply for this programme; career changers from Law and Business are also encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


This is a Christie’s Education programme:
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Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MSc. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

Your career opportunities will be found in the auction world in the first instance, but can range to the full extent of commercial services associated with the art world: auctioneer; dealer; art insurance; art legal advisory; commercial gallery; museum support. You will also be qualified to go on to further research at PhD level in Business or Law or the History of Art.

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to Christie's Education.