The global trade in art is now estimated at over $45 billion (TEFAF Art Market Report 2017). In this growing and evolving market, the need for experts to negotiate, defend, analyse and understand the art world is ever more apparent.
Art law is an exciting and fast-developing area, tackling issues surrounding the legal treatment of fine art and cultural heritage. Our LLM in Art Law is a unique collaborative and interdisciplinary course, co-taught by academic specialists from York Law School and the Department of History of Art.
You'll gain a deep understanding of the complex legal, artistic, social and ethical issues in the art world, and learn essential skills of analysis and negotiation.
A wide range of networking opportunities and masterclasses - in addition to a compulsory field trip - means you'll gain practical, in-depth knowledge of the field, invaluable for careers in the trade or further academic study.
Gain a unique, interdisciplinary perspective with the only art law course in the country taught across Law and History of Art.
Some of your modules will include problem-based learning; a modern, dynamic learning method. You'll also complete a compulsory field trip, allowing you to experience some of the realities of working in the industry.
The Department of History of Art and York Law School were ranked 3rd and 5th respectively in the latest assessment of UK research (REF 2014).
The LLM in Art Law will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of the complexities of art law, whether or not you have an existing legal or art history background.
The course consists of:
There is also a compulsory field trip as part of the course, which will demonstrate some of the realities of working in the industry.
Research Skills and Methods (10 credits) will cement your knowledge of a variety of research methodologies and key research skills. At the end of the module, you'll prepare a proposal for your dissertation.
Introduction to Comparative Law (10 credits) will introduce the study of art law in its international context, by considering methods for undertaking comparative legal studies. It will provide you with an introduction to the workings of common law compared to codified civil law.
Art: A Problematic Life Cycle (20 credits) considers the key pressure points at which legal problems may arise during the 'life cycle' of art - from creation to sale, deaccession or destruction.
Art: Commodity or Valuable (20 credits) focuses on the inherent tension between art as a financial asset or commodity to be bought and sold, and art as a cultural good.
Law and Art: Parallel Perspectives (20 credits) is explicitly co-taught by academics from both the History of Art department and York Law School, with joint sessions considering issues such as the definition of ‘art’, artistic processes and originality.
You'll choose one module from the Department of History of Art. This module will allow you to consider your chosen topic from both a legal and art historical point of view, as well as build up your specific-subject knowledge.
Examples of provisional modules for 2018 include:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You'll write a 15,000 word dissertation on an art law topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of staff from either York Law School or the Department of History of Art. You'll prepare your dissertation proposal during the 'Research Skills and Methods' module.
There is wide flexibility in choosing your topic and you're encouraged to make the most of the interdisciplinary nature of the course.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
|Full-time (1 year)||£9,850||£18,460|
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You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The LLM in Art Law uses a number of teaching methods, including problem-based learning (PBL). PBL provides you with the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively (in a student law firm) on a variety of real-life simulations.
These simulations will enable you to experience the multi-faceted nature of art law disputes. The process of working through each case will help you to develop a broad range of legal and research skills, including:
Additionally, you will have opportunities to develop your presentation and oral skills in debates and reading group sessions.
York Law School is located on Campus East. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Law and Management building or nearby on Campus East.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Different modules use different types of assessment to provide variety and develop different transferable skills. These include presentations, posters, participation in seminars, client advice, coursework and your dissertation.
Graduates from York Law School are widely in demand in the legal sector. Since 2009, an average of 94.2% of our graduates have secured employment or further study six months after leaving York.
You'll get active support in careers and development planning, both through structured sessions and workshops, and individual advice from our Employability Tutor.
We encourage you to get involved with our Careers and Development Programme. The bespoke programme includes several employers, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes. There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non-legal employers or academic routes following your LLM.
Although most graduates from York Law School choose to enter legal fields, others have gone on to gain employment in sectors such as:
Graduates from the Department of History of Art benefit from excellent relationships with numerous museums and galleries and work in a wide-range of careers including:
Finally, the research skills you'll develop are an excellent foundation for further research. Many of our successful LLM graduates have gone on to pursue PhD studies, both at York and elsewhere.
Studying with York Law School means you will not only gain the necessary skills to become a legal professional but will also develop other transferable skills which are highly valued in any profession. These include:
Minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Law, History of Art, or another subject.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.
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