Contemporary Art, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 14 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
The MA in Contemporary Art is the longest running specialized Masters program of its kind in the world. Established in 1991, it focuses on art in the period from 1968 to the present, with strands on art history, curatorial studies and critical theory and a strong emphasis throughout on professional career development.


The MA in Contemporary Art program welcomes prospective students who have an interest in gaining a strong understanding of historical developments, critical debates and institutional networks in the world of contemporary art. Students graduate from this intensive year-long program with the in-depth knowledge and professional preparation to work in any area of the expanding contemporary art world. Our graduates are subsequently employed in private galleries, auction houses, museums and foundations, private and public collecting, art publishing, art investing and consulting, visual archives, charities and not-for-profits, art services and e-commerce, and academia.


Our degrees are awarded by the University of Manchester in the UK and combine professional training with academic study.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Navigating the Art World Shared Core Curriculum
  • Contemporary Art Histories
  • Debates in Contemporary Art
  • Photography: Image and Power (1968Now)
  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • Performance Art
  • Photography and its Markets
  • Art and Authentication
  • Contemporary Design and its Markets
  • The International Art World: Public Sectors
  • The Market for Antiquities and Old Masters
  • Strategic Management and the Art World
  • Emerging Markets
  • Ethics, Law and the Art Trade
  • Contemporary Chinese Art
  • Court and Literati Painting in East Asia
  • East Asian Ceramics
  • Curating Asian Art

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
                                • Programme intensity

                                  You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                  • Duration 14 months
                                • Languages
                                  • English
                                • Delivery mode
                                  On Campus
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                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:


                                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                • Minimum required score:


                                  The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                                Academic Requirements

                                Required Documentation

                                • Academic transcripts/mark sheets from all post-secondary academic institutions attended.
                                • Two letters of academic reference.
                                • Personal Statement (max 1000 words).
                                • A writing sample.
                                • A CV/resume that includes all relevant art related background.
                                • English language proficiency exam.
                                • An Interview.
                                • A non-refundable application fee of 50 (GBP).

                                Tuition Fee Per Year

                                • GBP 28800 International
                                • GBP 24900 EU/EEA


                                Sothebys Institute of Art offers a range of financial assistance through both needs-based (financial assistance) and merit-based (Scholarship) awards across all postgraduate-level programmes. All candidates may apply for financial assistance on a rolling basis. Scholarship awards are highly competitive and have a deadline for submission.

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