Research course

The Art Market and the History of Collecting

Institution
University of Buckingham · School of Humanities
Qualifications
MA by research

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows: a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university; or a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MA is offered by the University of Buckingham and the National Gallery in association with Waddesdon Manor (Rothschild Collections).

Investigating American and European art markets and cultures of collecting from the Renaissance to the present day, it is taught by staff from the University of Buckingham, the National Gallery and Waddesdon Manor.

A unique MA

A unique feature of the course will be access to two of the greatest surviving art dealers’ archives: Agnew’s, acquired by the National Gallery in 2014, and Colnaghi’s, housed since February 2014 in the Windmill Hill Archive, Waddesdon Manor. It is the first MA in the UK to offer, under the guidance of experts, practical training on how to use, unlock and analyse these rich holdings.

Study trips to Paris and Florence

The course will include study trips to Paris and Florence where students will have the opportunity to study a number of key European collections such as the Edmond de Rothschild collection in the Louvre and the Stefano Bardini collection in Florence as well as visiting important local archives.

Course structure

The course will start in September and will finish the following September. It comprises two introductory weeks on principles and methodologies followed by three 4-week taught modules delivered in the Autumn and Winter terms. During the third term, and under supervision, students research a dissertation which will be submitted at the end of September.

Subject to the agreement of the Programme Director, there are some options for part-time study, one day a week over two years, or by deferral of the dissertation.

A pathway to a career in the art world

Aimed at art historians, would-be curators, art market professionals, collectors and individuals with a general interest in the arts, the programme provides a pathway to a career in the art world or as a step towards further postgraduate research.

The Buckingham MA featured in a survey of postgraduate degrees focusing on the art market in The Guardian (23 March 2016). Click here to read the article.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,480
International students
£14,140

Full and partial scholarships are available, generously funded by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd and the Tavolozza Foundation.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Seddon (tel: +44 (0)1280 820307; email: stephanie.seddon@buckingham.ac.uk) or Jeremy Howard (email: jeremy.howard@buckingham.ac.uk).

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Stephanie Seddon
Email
stephanie.seddon@buckingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1280 820307