Certificate for Module (Ecology of Art Collecting) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Arts Management, Media & Communication courses
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Certificate for Module (Ecology of Art Collecting)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

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This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to inquire the cultures of art collecting in contemporary world. With the use of both international and local perspectives, how art collecting has become a remarkable cultural practice and the ecology of art collecting will be scrutinised. Students will learn the different aspects that form the art collecting ecology, and will deal with special topics including the patterns of collecting, art valuation, relationship between connoisseurship and taste, the changing role of museums as well as the impact of technologies and the COVID-19 on art collecting.

1. Art Collecting and Connoisseurship: “The trained eye” – what/who is a connoisseur? What is the role of a connoisseur in art collecting?

2. The Price of Everything: How is art purchased? Where do we go and look for art to buy? Who/what determines the price of an artwork? In a buoyant market and with prices/ transactions becoming more and more transparent, we seem to know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

3. The Chosen Ones: What is the role of the museum? Who decides what to collect and display?

4. The Different Pillars: From the artist’s studio to a collector’s home, how is the artwork being handled and by what parties? How do these “pillars” contribute to a healthy/balanced art ecology? What are the roles and inter-dependency of the different pillars?

5. The New Normal: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways we communicate, conduct business, obtain information and entertainment.  How has it changed the way art is being created, displayed, appreciated and collected?

QF Level

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QF Level: 6

QR Registration No.: 19/000089/L6

Validity Period: from 01 Feb 2019 to on-going

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the certificate for module, students should be able to

  1. analyse the relationship between contemporary art collecting and cultural economy;
  2. critically examine the strategies of display of artefacts and cultural objects in exhibitions, museums and galleries; 
  3. evaluate art collecting as cultural practice signifying collectors’ taste and socio-cultural status.



  • Brief review of the history of art collecting and its linked phenomena
  • How art is bought and sold; what to buy, when to buy and how to best make a knowledgeable purchase
  • Key exhibition strategies employed by galleries and institutions in spotting new talents and building up their collections
  • Comparison and analysis of the local, Asian and international art scenes and marketplaces
  • Brief introduction to the latest art forms and the value of art
  • Skills in researching, evaluating and buying art works intelligently
  • Similarities and differences between private and corporate collecting
  • The importance of corporate collecting for companies and how it serves to enhance a company’s corporate identity and stimulate a dialogue between the company, clients, employees and the public 
  • The ways connoisseurship is related to “taste”
  • The politics of display of artefacts and cultural objects in exhibitions, galleries and museums
  • The reasons underlying the explosion of the art market in contemporary world
  • The features of cultural economy and the role of contemporary art collecting in cultural economy


Application Code 1875-DP110A Apply Online Now
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  • 36 hours
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  • Ms Judy Inn
  1. a) hold a bachelor’s degree in areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, IT or Business, or equivalent, awarded by a recognised institution; or

b) hold a sub-degree or higher diploma awarded by a recognised institution and have two years of recognised professional experience.

2.  Obtain a score of 6.5 in IELTS (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent, for those graduated from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction.

3.  Be considered on individual merit for those with other qualifications.

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Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$10,000
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Ecology of Art Collecting)
COURSE CODE 40C107000 FEES $10,000 ENQUIRY 2910-7607
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Ecology of Art Collecting)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) 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.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.