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Art Business Basics

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
2 weeks
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
Deadline on 12 Mar 2022 (Sat)
2861 0278
How to Apply
This course is now part of the Certificate for Module (Art Business Investment and Management) which combined the 2 art courses, Art Business Basics and Experiencing the Art Market, to provide a more comprehensive study of the Art Business.

For details, please kindly refer to below link.

This is a foundation course to introduce the language, key players, different types of art asset classes, frameworks and dynamics of the primary and secondary art markets.  The basic concepts of art finance and art as an alternative investment will also be introduced. 

Statement of Attendance will be issued to students if they achieve 70% attendance or above.

Business Practice in the Art World

"Art Business Basics" is the foundation course of a series called Business Practice in the Art World. This series is designed to give students an opportunity to look inside the art business circle. Students gain the knowledge in art business through lectures, experience sharing and visits to the art fairs, galleries and art consultations. The whole series is suitable for newcomers who wish to have a basic understanding of the art business practices. They could be buyers, collectors, or investors or even professionals who need some basic knowledge to facilitate interaction with clients.

Art Business Basics 藝術商業的基本知識

This is a foundation course to introduce the language, key players, different types of art asset classes, frameworks and dynamics of the primary and secondary art markets.  The basic concepts of art finance and art as an alternative investment will also be introduced. 

Session 1 - An overview of the art business sector

  • Artistic value vs market value of art
  • Art market vs the traditional financial market
  • Key players in the art business
  • The major art categories and assess classes

Session 2 - Art as an alternative investment

  • Buying and Selling in the primary and secondary art markets
  • Art finance
  • Additional issues/expenses in art investments
  • How to value art

Session 3 - The key developments of the contemporary art market

  • Updates on the global art market developments
  • Characteristics of the art market developments
  • Top-selling artists
  • Developments of the Hong Kong art market

Session 4 - Future trends

  • The high net-worth segment
  • Online art sales and auctions and virtual galleries
  • Cloud funding and pooled investments
  • Free ports for arts and government policies

Complementing the lectures, there will be homework requiring the students to prepare a short presentation to be done in class.


To be advised.



Ms Julia Ip (葉敏中小姐)

Julia Ip is passionate about art and is an avid art collector and independent art curator. With experience as a gallery owner and art consultant offering art collection and investment advice, she has been active in the international art market scene for more than a decade.  Julia frequently treads around the globe to attend major international art events and auctions and has been involved in a number of headline-grabbing transactions for highly sought-after artworks.  She is also a seasoned investment banker with close to 20 years of work experience in global investment banks including UBS, BNP Paribas, and JP Morgan.

Julia is also a keen philanthropist and the founder and executive director of Project Artist X, the first art-based social enterprise in Hong Kong with a mission to benefit the local community through art. In addition, she serves as a committee member for the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA), as well as for ADA’s social enterprise arm, ADAM Arts Creation.  From 2010 to 2013, she was on the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Foreign Financial Institutions Association (HKFFIA).

葉敏中(Julia Ip)熱衷於藝術,更是一位積極的藝術收藏家與獨立策展人。Julia帶着擁有自己的畫廊、及提供藝術收藏和投資建議的專業經驗, 在過去十多年一直活躍於全球藝術市場,經常踏足大型的國際藝術活動和拍賣,並參與了很多熱門藝術品的激烈拍賣。除了藝術投資外,Julia也是一位擁有近20年經驗的投資銀行家,曾蹤橫多家大型國際銀行,包括瑞士銀行(UBS),法國巴黎銀行(BNP Paribas)和摩根大通(JP Morgan)等。

Julia也是一位慈善家,創辦了本港首家以藝術為基礎和利用藝術造福本地不同社群為使命的社會企業Project Artist X,現時擔任該機構的執行董事。此外,她更是香港展能藝術會(ADAHK)以及其社企部門ADAM Arts Creations的顧問委員之一。此外,Julia在2010年到2013年間於香港外國金融機構協會(HKFFIA )出任過董事一職。

Application Code 2050-2018NW -

Days / Time
  • Tue, Thu, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • 4 session(s)
  • 3 hours per session

(a) Degree holders 


(b) Other qualifications or working experience will be considered on individual merit.

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$5,090 (includes all lectures and course materials)

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