Taught course

Art Logistics - London

Institution
Sotheby's Institute of Art · Sotheby's Institute of Art
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

All MA and Postgraduate Diploma applicants are required to have completed a BA degree or its equivalent. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to registration.

Applicants should demonstrate the following skills:

  • The ability to perform at a postgraduate level, as indicated by academic achievement and recommendations.
  • Knowledge of art history. This generally requires some formal study of art history, probably at undergraduate level. In special cases, art-related work experience or exceptional exposure to art making and/or collecting will satisfy this requirement (applicants with insufficient art history background may be required to take course work at the Institute or an institution of their choice that is approved by the Institute’s faculty).
  • The ability to speak, write and analyse required subject matter fluently in English.

Work experience is not required. However, relevant employment and/or internships enhance a student’s application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Delve into the theories and practices essential to operating and running large scale or entrepreneurial art businesses.

This pioneering Master’s program provides students with the diverse practical training and theoretical overview necessary to excel in one of the most important career paths in the professional arts world. The art world is a vast, complex, and rapidly changing environment where the care, display, and movement of art objects are multi-million dollar issues requiring high levels of thought and expertise. Students in this program will explore these operational approaches toward art objects and the logistical issues related to moving art from one location to another. They will become familiar with the power of positive disruption through technology and the growing use of big data and digital applications in business practice. Expertise and a fully-fledged understanding of logistics can lead to careers that form the backbone of the arts industries and the operations of cultural exchange.

Academic Structure

The Art Logistics graduate will have an advanced understanding of the fundamental role of operations within the art world, with a confident grasp of areas such as collections management, registrar and inventory systems, signage and labelling, and the legal and ethical issues arising from provenance and conservation considerations. Personal tutors aim to improve the written and oral presentational skills of their tutees, relative to art logistics contexts, and to facilitate opportunities for internship and employment within the art world.

The Master’s degree is awarded for 120 taught credits across two semesters, as well as the completion of a 60-credit dissertation over the course of an additional semester. The program is of twelve months’ duration and runs from January 2021 through December 2021.

The first two semesters are intensively taught. In the first semester, Navigating the Art World (30 Credits) brings students from all MAs together for an introduction to the art world and to a variety of postgraduate research skills and methodologies within the disciplines of art history and art business. Later in the program, specialist electives can be chosen from across all Institute Master’s programs, allowing a student to build a personalized Master’s profile. Students take two 15-credit electives across a variety of offerings for deeper expertise or to develop specialties. Core units (60 credits) for the Art Logistics degree include Operations: Client, Object, Location and Art World Logistics.

For the MA degree, students must complete the 60-credit dissertation in their third semester. During this final semester there is no formal teaching, with students researching their dissertation topics under the guidance of individual supervisors. At the start of the program, students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their academic and personal development throughout.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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