Art Market Economics
Art Market Economics
Art Market Economics is an intensive and in-depth course designed to introduce you to the essential features of today’s art market. Written and presented by Dr Clare McAndrew, leading art economist and author of the annual industry benchmark report, The Art Market, An Art Basel & UBS Report. Over six weeks, the course will teach you the development and structure of the art markets in key regions; critical economic theory for understanding the market; art finance; regulation; and the economic impact of the art market. Art Market Economics is structured for those thinking of entering the art industry as a career, for those wishing to develop their professional careers, or for those looking to enter the art market as buyers or consignors.
This detailed course is augmented throughout with in-depth data visualisations that unpack complex subjects for ease of understanding. The animations in Art Market Economics were created by Adam Frost and Tobias Sturt, who produced infographics at The Guardian newspaper and teach their data visualisation masterclass. The course includes weekly multiple-choice tests to help you learn and retain the core content.
Included in the course are twelve exclusive interviews giving you access to the people working across the art world, offering you unparalleled insight into their roles, expertise, and motivations.
Exclusive interviews feature:
- Josh Baer Art advisor; founder of the Baer Faxt
- Bruno Boesch Of Counsel, FRORIEP; editor of The Art Collecting Legal Handbook
- Stephen Brooks Deputy CEO, Christie’s
- Anthony Browne Chairman, The British Art Market Federation
- Michael Findlay Director, Acquavella Galleries
- Anneke Geyer Communications, Basel Tourism
- Suzanne Gyorgy Head, Art Advisory & Finance, Citi Private Bank
- Phillip Hoffman CEO of The Fine Art Group
- Robert Norton Co-Founder, Verisart
- Jussi Pylkkänen Global President, Christie’s
- Alice de Roquemaurel Senior Specialist, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s
- Uli Sigg Former Swiss ambassador to China; major collector of Chinese contemporary art
What you will learn:
- You will have gained a professional understanding of the economics of the art market.
- You will have been taught about how the market for art is situated within the context of the wider economic landscape, the globalisation of demand and supply, and the market’s rapid expansion over the last 20 years.
- You will have seen how the art market is structured into primary and secondary markets, the expansion and diversification of those institutions that operate within them, how they function and interact, and the strong polarisation towards the top end of the market.
- You will have studied the economic theories essential to understanding the art market, and gained the analytical skills to understand supply and demand curves, elasticities, drivers, and the factors involved in valuing works of art.
- You will have been taught about the different types of investment in art, and how to calculate the risks and returns associated with them using statistical methods.
- You will have learned about the role of the state in the art market, including externalities, regulations and taxes.
- You will have seen how the art market is responding to digital disruption, and learned about the ways the art market has significantly expanded online. You will have been taught about the overall economic impact of the art market, ways of measuring this, and the importance of ancillary industries.
- You will be well-placed to commence further study or to consider a career within the art professions.
Registration is open for this course, you can register today by clicking on Enrol Now against your preferred course dates in the Course Dates tab.
This course has been CPD certified.
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Watch our trailer video for an overview of the course
Watch a selection of excerpts from across the sessions of Art Market Economics on Art Market Bubbles, Sectors and Sub-sectors in the Art World, and Supply and Demand.
Session One - Introduction to the Art Market
- History of the art market
- Art market bubbles
- Geographic distribution of the art market
Session Two - Art Market Structures
- Sectors and sub-sectors of the art market
- Galleries, dealers and art fairs
- Auction houses
Session Three - The Economics of the Art Market
- Supply and demand
- Elasticities and changing demand
- Valuing art
Session Four - Art Finance
- Defining and measuring investment returns
- Assessing risk and calculating diversification
- Pricing art as collateral for loans
Session Five - Regulation and the Art Market
- Externalities and the role of regulation
- Cross-border trade
- Taxation and resale rights
Session Six - Online Sales and the Economic Impact of the Art Market
- The growth and segmentation of the online art market
- Blockchain and new technologies in the art world
- Measuring the economic, cultural and social impact of the art market
18 January – 28 February 2022
Online Orientation opens on 11 January 2022
19 April - 30 May 2022
Online Orientation opens on 12 April 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if you register before 8 March 2022
19 July – 29 August 2022
Online Orientation opens on 12 July 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if registering before 2 June 2022
20 September – 31 October 2022
Online Orientation opens on 13 September 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if registering before 9 August 2022
1 November – 12 December 2022
Online Orientation opens on 25 October 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if registering before 20 September 2022
The Christie’s Education Online Course Experience
Find out how you study with us
- Online courses are designed for students to study when it is most convenient for them. Our pre-recorded lectures are filmed with documentary-style production values, taking you on a narrative-led journey through your chosen subject.
- Lectures last around an hour and can be viewed at any time.
- Our courses are arranged in modules, containing your lectures and special features. Each week, a new module will open for you to study, allowing you to explore the content at your own pace. Typically, our courses consist of six modules overall.
- Handouts and English subtitles are provided to reinforce your learning.
- Discussion boards allow networking with fellow students.
- You have three weeks after the course has finished to complete your assignments and discuss the course with your tutor.
- All video lectures and course materials remain available to students for six months.
- If you complete all the assignments and complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates are not available for self-directed courses.
The course will require approximately five hours of study time per week. There will be further reading and weekly assignments.
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Online Course Brochure
Online Course Brochure
‘This was the best course on (art) economics I ever followed. Brilliant instructor, good educational tools and exhibits, very interesting economic reasoning. Science was brought in an uncompromisingly scientific but elegant way. Very impressive. Sincere thanks.’
'The material of the course was very comprehensive and I felt that I learnt more than I expected to learn. It was very in depth and I am grateful for this.'
'I have taken 19 courses resulting in a certificate. I would rate this course best.'
‘I would recommend this course to people around me.’
‘I liked the global view. This class does not focus on the western art market alone, but also introduces the art market in the emerging east, especially China.’
'I studied economics 50 years ago then became a financial economist at a bank. Although my professional knowledge was updated through attending seminars and life-long learning I somehow "forgot" the basics of modern economics. Dr. McAndrew brings basic economic theory to life in a brilliant way with a lot of evidence and references to interesting economists. About economics, Dr. McAndrew demonstrates that humans are complex beings not only motivated by self-interest.'
‘Compared to other courses, the depth of learning with regard to the art industry exceeded my expectation, particularly given the relatively short modules within each session.’
‘I looked forward to each week.’
‘I liked how there was a wide range of topics discussed, yet each topic is discussed in depth.’
'I have been very impressed with this course. Very clear layout and progression. A wealth of information generating starting points for further study. In general, very insightful interviews at the end of each module.'
‘I liked the detailed knowledge and presentation of information. The online platform was extremely efficient.’
‘I understood everything without any previous study of economics.’
'I liked the wide range of topics covered and the level of depth. I do feel that after not knowing anything about the art market, I have completed having a very good understanding of how the market works, the different players, levers used, restrictions and why certain locations strive better than others. It gives one a fantastic overview of the art market. Also the exclusive interviews with persons currently at the top of the Art Market was invaluable and a game changer.'
'Art is often explained in an art history or art interpretation context. However, for those who are looking for an analytical and quantitative explanation of "Economics", or those who want to understand art as a financial asset class, this course is very helpful to let us understand how the art market works.'
'Very interesting material that was condensed into a 6 week class in such a way that students were able to assimilate a lot of new information in a short period of time.'
'The content is very in depth and covers a wide range of topics and is presented clearly.'
‘This online course has a wealth of useful materials. The instructor employs many powerful economist theories in explaining the art market which I think is very helpful. In general, the combination of economics and art market in this class is very good, certainly beyond my expectations.’
‘Thank you for a very interesting and enlightening course.’
For any queries about this course please contact
Flora Warrington, Online Courses
Telephone: +44 20 7930 6074