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Arts, Design & CultureArts Management

Executive Programme: Collecting Contemporary Art

New Course | Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
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Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
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3 days to 8 days

This programme represents a collaboration between HKU SPACE International College (IC) and Central Saint Martins (CSM), supported by HKU University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG). The entire programme consists of modules delivered by a Central Saint Martins’ lecturer from London and modules led by HKU SPACE and industry experts from Hong Kong, Europe, Asia and China. 



On completion of this programme, participants should be able to:

  • examine local and international art in context as outlined by veteran practitioners from London, Hong Kong and China covering Western, Asian and local perspectives;
  • track up-and-coming artists and art investment trends, understand the strategies, and acquire a set of practical skills in collecting contemporary art;
  • deal with special topics including purchasing art online, documentation, art valuation, art investment and corporate collecting, by learning from our CSM lecturer, representatives from art fairs' senior management team, gallery owners, industry practitioners, HKU SPACE academic staff and fly-in academics from Asia and China; and
  • obtain the latest knowledge through interactive lectures, conversations with local art practitioners and unique experiences at galleries, artists’ studios, museums and exhibitions.
  • Getting insights into activities and programmes of corporate art initiatives by local and international companies
  • Discussing different cases of cooperations between brands and the art industry 
  • New case studies from private, public to corporate collections will be discussed 
  • Expose to the unique contemporary art scene in China, via a curator-led visit to art and cultural districts, private museums and exhibition spaces in Shenzhen 



Related Programmes

Application Code 1570-DP091A -

  • United Learning Centre
    6/F, United Centre, Admiralty, Hong Kong (MTR Admiralty Station Exit D)
  • Selected modules will be held outside HKU SPACE campus

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Applicants should normally hold:

  • a bachelor's degree awarded by a recognised university, preferably with experience in art business or art-related projects; or
  • a recognised tertiary level qualification, with substantial years of relevant experience.
Enrolment Method


Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS, or
2. Crossed cheque payable to "HKU SPACE"
(Please specify the programme/course title, applicant's name, and HKU SPACE student card number, if applicable.)
Note: Holders of HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for modules with a tuition fee for a minimum of HK$2,000-HK$40,000, however, the applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

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Notes to Applicants

  1. Applicants may be required to pay the tuition fee in cash or by EPS if the programme is to start shortly. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (refer to Note 2 and Note 3), subject to the School’s discretion..
  2. HKU SPACE reserves the right to cancel a programme in cases of insufficient enrolment or unforeseen difficulties arising from running the programme. In such circumstances, tuition fees would be refundable.
  3. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS or cheque will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  4. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant programme brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme staff for details.
  5. Payment and enrolment to a programme cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a programme, the student is not allowed to switch to another programme. When a transfer is approved by International College under special circumstances, a processing fee of 10% of the programme fee will be levied on every approved transfer.
  6. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail. An administration charge applies for each additional copy of receipts. For additional copies of receipts, please call +852 2910 7645. An administration charge of HK$30 for each additional copy applies. The receipt(s) is not a guarantee that your application is successful.
  7. If a short course is postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, including staff illness, flight delay or cancellation, HKU SPACE, and partner university if applicable, will make every reasonable effort to reschedule the class or to make up the schedule in the same week. HKU SPACE apologises for any inconvenience caused if this happens and urges you to ring to IC office at +852 2910 7555 if you have any concerns.
  8. The Director may, at his discretion, refuse to admit an applicant.
  9. Due to copyright issues, and to allow a free exchange of ideas among participants, the use of audio and/or visual recording is strictly prohibited in class.

Central Saint Martins was formed from the merger of two historical art and design colleges, St Martin’s School of Art founded in 1854 and Central School of Arts & Crafts founded in 1896.The two colleges merged to become Central Saint Martins, bringing together their internationally renowned traditions into a new dynamic formation.

Today, CSM is one of the world’s premier arts, design and fashion colleges with a reputation based around the achievements of its graduates, current staff and students. CSM students are typically restless in developing beyond the accepted norms of their subject that places the college at the heart of London’s dynamic creative scene.

With its 150 years of history, CSM’s famous alumni include some of the most important British and international artists from famous painters such as Lucien Freud and Frank Auerbach who studied fine art at Saint Martin’s in the middle of the 20th century; to Sir James Dyson, the industrial designer and founder of Dyson Industries; A.S. Byatt, the British author; Colin Firth, the actor and winner of BAFTA’s Best Actor Award and to the latest wave of the world’s celebrated designers including Katharine Hamnett, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.