Combining interdisciplinary study with real-world experience
The Master of Arts program in Art Market Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the global art world. Graduates forge careers in a broad range of for-profit and non-profit art organizations—among them, commercial art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, museums, foundations, online platforms, and art appraisal firms. In addition to learning about business models and funding structures—i.e. how institutions and organizations work—students gain an understanding of how these individual players interact with one another to form a vast and interdependent network.
The program takes full advantage of its location in New York City—and, more specifically, in Chelsea, the hub of the New York art world—to immerse students in this dynamic field. Frequent guest speakers and site visits offer vivid insights, along with valuable networking opportunities. Additional industry experience is acquired through a required internship.
Reflecting the demands of the industry—where success may require both art historical expertise and business acumen—the MA coursework is interdisciplinary in nature, covering subjects ranging from art law to valuation and appraisal to the history of contemporary art. The curriculum integrates comprehensive studies with practical experience in creating an actual exhibition. In this unique feature of the program, students are the organizers and curators of a gallery exhibition, handling every aspect of the process—selecting the artists, managing the budget, installing the show, and designing the catalogue and website.