November 3, 2016

MA in Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Courtesy of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Focusing on art from the 1960s to the present, the MA in Contemporary Art programs prepare students for a wide range of careers in a field that has dominated the art markets for the past decade. By combining historical study with practical real-life skills, this MA provides students with a strong understanding of historical developments, critical theory, and institutional networks in the world of contemporary art.

London and New York are global centers of contemporary art and the Master’s degree programs provide access to the art professionals who are actively shaping the contemporary scene. Students can begin to build a personal network of artists, critics, dealers and scholars while exploring the many professional options available to them in the international art world.

A focus on communication and connoisseurship supports expertise in such areas as art appraisal and evaluation, curation, display and collection management, while the basics of art law and analyses of the financial structures of the global markets provide a foundation for entrepreneurship and management.

We believe contemporary art is best studied in-situ. That’s why trips to museums, studios, galleries, biennials and art fairs—both domestically and abroad—form a fundamental part of our MA Contemporary Art curriculum. Taking students outside the classroom enhances each student’s first-hand understanding of contemporary art and its markets, and augments learning from cutting-edge lectures, seminars and workshops, talks and events.

If you’re considering a career in the international contemporary art world, take a look at the MA in Contemporary Art and explore the links below to find out more.

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Explore the MA in Contemporary Art
Meet Kathy Battista, Director of the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and find out more about the program.

MA Contemporary Art faculty in London are passionate about providing new perspectives on contemporary art in a global arena. Following the success of the inaugural free Contemporary Art Lecture “Triumphs and Laments” with William Kentridge last month, the second this November will feature Bedwyr Williams talking about “Crewe, Its Part in My Downfall.” Learn more and register for your place.

Alumni from the MA in Contemporary Art go on to work in all corners of the art world. Read the story of Risa Daniels, alumna, and, Exhibitions and Programs Manager for The FLAG Art Foundation, New York.


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