Christie's Education

Christie's is the only major auction house in the world that directly runs educational courses at Master's, Diploma and Degree level. The international network of courses which we offer in London, New York and Paris give students the opportunity to develop a consistent programme of study in more than one location, with the assurance that the style and quality of the education and training they will receive will remain comparable and compatible throughout.

Christie's Education London was founded in 1978 and has been associated with Glasgow University for over 20 years. We share the same commitment to providing the highest quality education in art history. From autumn 2007 Christie's Education London, we will be able to offer 4 different course options: Early European Art; Fine and Decorative Arts; Modern and Contemporary Art; Arts of China.


United Kingdom

153 Great Titchfield Street
Phone: 020 7665 4350
Fax: 020 7665 4351

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Our Aims

What differentiates Christie's Education from more conventional courses is our belief in object-based learning: this encourages independence of thought and curiosity - essential qualities recognised as key attributes by employers. We provide an exclusive and intimate learning environment which enables us to offer opportunities to study works of art at first hand, in the auction house and through close links with public galleries, museums and private collections. We are committed to providing the highest quality of education possible in art history, connoisseurship and the art market. Graduates of the Christie's courses can be found all over the world working as curators, auctioneers, dealers and critics, or working in art insurance, publishing and marketing.  

Location and Getting there

London is a major centre for the international art market - the gallery scene is one of the most exciting in the world. Hundreds of artists live and work in the city and shows of new work can be found nearly every week. Visits to specialist collections and private galleries in London, and study visits to country houses and historic centres such as Oxford and Cambridge are offered on all the courses.

Christie's Education London is situated in the heart of Fitzrovia, one of the last of the central London 'villages' to retain its character. It is within walking distance of the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, and the fine open space of Regents Park is only five minutes away. We are very conveniently situated for train and bus services. Great Portland Street, Euston and Warren Street underground stations are all within five minutes' walk.  

Academic Staff and Description

Our courses offer exceptional opportunities to work alongside specialists, learning directly from works of art. A wide variety of art world professionals offer different perspectives on art and the art world. Classes and visits are regularly led by visiting professionals, including practising artists, dealers, conservators, curators and critics, offering a stimulating range of perspectives on the art and culture of the period studied.  

News and Events

Open Day - 16 Sep 2009 - come along to our Open Day at 153 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 5BD, meet faculty staff and find out what studying at Christie's Education is all about.  

Information For  Undergraduates

The London 2 Year Diploma Programme enables students to follow a new type of undergraduate degree that allows them to experience life both inside and outside a university environment.

Students study on the Early European Art course in year one, then on the Fine and Decorative Arts course in year two.

Two paths have been specially arranged for Christie's students who want to go on in the British Higher Education System:

Those who take the Christie's 2 Year Diploma Programme gain credits to pursue the MA (History of Art) undergraduate degree in their third year at the University of Glasgow.

Students who take the 2 Year Diploma Programme can also go on to University College London to study history of art to the equivalent level of a University of London BA (Hons). If they reach the appropriate level they are eligible to apply for a postgraduate MA in their fourth year.  

Information For  Postgraduates

The London Master's Programme:

Validated by the University of Glasgow for the award of the degree of M.Litt. (1 year's study September to September).

The Master's programme provides an education that will open up pathways into a range of careers in the art world, and can also lead to further post graduate study. All four options provide a variety of practical and critical skills. You will produce written work that ranges from analytical writing to exhibition reviews and curatorial reports. You will be introduced to museum and auction house systems of classifying objects and study different models of museum and gallery display. A unique feature of the programme is that the Master's Thesis takes the form of a proposed exhibition catalogue. Above all, the course aims to stimulate critical awareness, engendering a creative and informed understanding of art and the art world.

The London Diploma Courses:

Validated by Cambridge International Examinations (3 ten week terms, September to June)

These fast track courses are designed to provide students with a thorough working knowledge of art history and an in-depth underst...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

With 140 students of many different nationalities, Christie's Education London is truly international.

We offer financial assistance to students through a variety of scholarships, bursaries, awards and can also provide advice on external loans and funding.

Non-English speaking students must have IELTS 8 or equivalent for the London Master's Programme and IELTS 7 or equivalent for the London Diploma Programmes.  


Graduates of the Christie's courses can be found all over the world working as curators, auctioneers, dealers and critics, or working in art insurance, publishing and marketing.

Career development is specifically programmed into our courses, with chances to meet alumni who are now art-world professionals and can provide insights into how to get started.  

Student Facilities

Christie's Education London is in a centrally located building that began life as the Building Crafts College in 1969. It is well provided with teaching spaces including five lecture rooms, and has a museum room, student common room and Learning Resources Centre which includes a computer room, slide library, periodicals and book library.  

Student Support

We provide an exclusive and intimate learning environment. Small groups are central to our teaching philosophy and each student is assigned a personal tutor who is responsible for advising and supporting them throughout the year.  

Student Life

During your time at Christie's Education you will be part of a lively and welcoming community, making contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.  

Student Testimonials

I decided to come to Christie's Ed mainly because I was interested in going into an Art History program that had a professional and practical focus as I had no intention of getting a PhD or ever teaching. Also, I was drawn by its connection to the auction house and the strong hands-on focus. Personally, I plan on entering the business aspect of art in the secondary market, but many other students go to work for art funds, non-profits, galleries, etc and etc. Christie's really opens many doors, but with anything in life- you are the one who has to walk through them. We have a class devoted to Professional Practices and we have weekly trips to the auction house and other art establishments that introduces us to countless professionals in the art world. Personally, I have made a lot of strong contacts for the future and know that this program has made those happen for me. The professors really are all great and are all very approachable and focused on your success unlike anything I expected. I am prepared to write a thesis this summer. We have a class called Historiography and Methods of Art History which is specifically des...  [ Read All ]


Students are offered help finding suitable places to live through our accommodation lists. Many share flats or take up residence with people who have offered accommodation in the past.  

How To Apply

There is no application fee. Applications are made by completing the application form available online. Applicants will be asked to attend for interview on the basis of the information they provide on the form.  

Visit us (open days)

2009 Open Days:
16 Sep 2009
18 Nov 2009  

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7665 4350