University profile

Christies Education

2019/20 edition

About Christies Education

Christie’s Education is unique – we are the only academic institution wholly owned by an auction house.

Christie’s Education is a specialist provider of postgraduate higher education and continuing education in the fields of art history, art business, curating and connoisseurship which places great importance on the practical experience of art through education as the key to professional success. Our programmes have been developed to provide focused and intensive training for students looking for a career in the art world.

Christie’s Education London is an associated institution of the Open University, which validates all the degree programmes. All our postgraduate degrees are designed in line with the concept of embedded employability, which is complemented by a rigorous professional development programme.

MA Art History and Art World Practice

The Christie’s MA in Art History and Art World Practice is a new 15-month taught postgraduate programme which equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of art and current art-world practice to enable them to develop professional careers in the art world.

The programme is clearly focused upon understanding the evolving meanings and status of artworks, both historically and today. In addition to lectures and seminars, the programme provides direct access to important works of art at Christie’s auction house, in major public and private collections, curated exhibitions, art fairs and art world events in the UK and abroad. Teaching is carried out by Christie’s Education staff as well as by invited distinguished art-world professionals and visiting lecturers from the UK and abroad.

Who Should Apply?

You should hold a good first degree, preferably but not necessarily in a related discipline. You are required to demonstrate genuine motivation for wishing to undertake the programme and an understanding of how it could benefit your career development. Applications are encouraged from those wishing to change career and mature students.

MSc Art, Law and Business

The MSc in Art, Law and Business is a 15-month, full-time, cross-disciplinary postgraduate programme which equips you with an advanced understanding of international art markets. It is unique in combining three challenging and intensively taught components in Art History, Art Law and Art Business, whilst providing a dynamic learning experience in a professional environment at the heart of the art world.

The programme focuses on how the art market functions from both commercial and legal perspectives, whilst maintaining a critical and intellectual understanding of the art and artefacts around which the market turns.

The programme offers a high level of academic and critical understanding of art, art law, and art business, and directly networks you into professional practice. Many of the lectures and study visits are led by professional practitioners, such as commercial gallerists, lawyers, artists, and curators. You also have the benefit of an integrated work placement during the fourth term of study.

Who Should Apply?

You are required to demonstrate genuine motivation for wanting to study the commercial art sector and should have obtained a degree preferably in one of the three disciplines studied on the course: history of art, law or business and economics.

Applications are encouraged from those wishing to change career, professionals, and mature students with experience of the art world.

Future career prospects:

Christie’s Education alumni are shaping the future of the art world, creative industries and beyond. Our graduates hold key positions in auction houses, commercial galleries, non-profits, cultural organisations, art fairs, art advisories, insurance companies and other art-related businesses.

You can find more about our graduate outcomes here

English language support

Applicants whose first language is not English should normally have IELTS 7

Fees, funding and costs

All fees include study trips in the UK and abroad.

Master's Programmes Fees for 2019-2020

MSc Art, Law and Business


MA Art History and Art World Practice


* Fees may be subject to change. If this were to happen you would be notified in a timely manner and presented with the options available.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Christie’s Education offers assistance to students who need financial help through a number of different schemes. Students must apply and be interviewed as well as submit the Scholarship or Student Bursary application requirements, clearly stating the award they are applying for that best suits their circumstances.

You can find out more here

Christie’s Education Trust Scholarship

The Christie's Education Trust offers support to students from all over the world to study at Christie's Education London through scholarships in the amount of £5,000.

Applicants are required to demonstrate a commitment to the study of art. This can be shown through previous education and/or academic achievement as well as career experience and/or aspirations.

Trust scholars act as positive ambassadors of Christie’s Education and the Christie’s Education Trust, supporting and promoting its goals through continued communication as a student and an alumni.

Trust Scholars may be asked to support Christie’s Education marketing materials such as the prospectus or by taking part in interviews for the website.

ESU Ann Chilton Arts Scholarship

The English Speaking Union (ESU) is an educational charity whose purpose is to promote international friendship and understanding through the use of the English language. The ESU Ann Chilton Arts Scholarship is designed to help fund part of the fees for a student with a confirmed place on the MA Art History and Art-World Practice programme. A scholarship of up to £10,000 will be awarded.


  • A student with a confirmed place on the MA Art History and Art-World Practice programme
  • Should be able to show through their future plans how they would commit to making a contribution to the wider art world through studying at Christie's Education London
  • Demonstrate financial need, and articulate how the scholarship would enable them to participate fully in the course
  • Be prepared to engage with the ESU during their course and attend and potentially participate in at least one function for the Ann Chilton Arts Scholarship.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Applicants for this particular scholarship will be expected to attend an interview at Christie’s Education or Christie’s King Street.


Christie’s Education welcomed students at its new London campus, 42 Portland Place, in September 2018.

We are situated in the heart of the London art world, close to the British Museum, the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery and a number of other art institutions. It is also close to Christie’s auction house. Nearby, students will find Regent’s Park along with a wide range of cafes and restaurants on Marylebone High Street.

How to apply

Christie’s Education London welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We seek students of diverse backgrounds, interests, ages and life experience.

Admissions requirements

  • Completed application
  • A university degree, normally at 2.1 level
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should normally have IELTS 7
  • Applicants must also provide a 1,000 – 2,000 word writing sample on an art related subject
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement (500 – 1,000 words)
  • Two academic letter references on institutional letterhead (or equivalent professional references for mature students)
  • Colour copy of passport photo page and previous UK visas if applicable
  • Paid Application Fee: £30.00


Applications can be made online only by accessing the individual programme pages on our website.

Application deadline

As a small institution places are limited. Applicants are advised to submit an application as soon as possible from October of the year before they wish to study. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline until a programme is full. All communication will be via the student gateway in Quercus. Once an application has been submitted you will also be able to track your application through the system.


If you require a visa to study in the UK, we recommend you submit your application form by April of the year you intend to study. Applications will normally be acknowledged within three working days.


Interviews are not mandatory at Christie’s Education London. Any students presenting themselves as needing additional requirement will be invited for interview to ensure that we can accommodate these.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 7665 4350
Christie’s Education
42 Portland Place