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Bachelor Expert Advisor in Arts Objects

Lyon , Paris

3 year cycle


This Bachelor’s in a nutshell

  • 3-year programme after High-school diploma equivalent to the French Baccalaureate
  • French Level II recognised diploma (RNCP published on the Official Journal on 03/12/2015), awarding 180 credits
  • Theoretical courses and professional experiences, including at least 683 hours of internship with a company


The educational objectives of the programme

Students in the “Expert Advisor” for the Art Market Bachelor’s programme benefit from a kind of teaching enabling them to understand the overall artistic and professional environment in this field. Courses related to understanding and identifying arts and works account for 60% of classes and seminars (90 credits). Understanding the professional world and its customs accounts for 40% of the programme (60 credits).

After completing the programme, students will acquire the following competences

  • General history of European and extra-European arts
  • History of styles and forms of artworks, art objects, furniture and decorative arts
  • General knowledge of the professional world in the art market sector
  • Understanding of customs and practices enhancing marketing of artworks and art objects

In the 4th ssemester, the choice of a “specialisation” in one of the main domains of the sector will enable students to go in-depth into the knowledge of artworks, of artists and of specific professional practices related to “antiquities and art objects” and/or “visual and contemporary arts”.

The academic programme is conceived as to alternate: classes and professional experiences during the three years, with, namely, a 7-month compulsory internship (full-time or 14 months part-time) over the 3 years.

The objective of professionalisation is achieved in year 3e with the realisation of a professional project (alternating individual work and group work).

The compulsory practice of English will enable students to acquire a proficiency level meeting ordinary communication needs (TOEIC), integrated with field-specific vocabulary.

Assets of the programme

  • Visits and professional meetings with actors in the field and access to major events in privileged conditions
  • Sound training in history of arts and styles
  • A pervasive professionalisation objective


Diploma :

  • Year 1 : Holding a high-school diploma equivalent to the French Baccalaureate
  • Year 2 : Having successfully completed at least 1 year of university education
  • Year 3 : Having successfully completed at least 2 years of university education

Language (English)

  • None for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Equivalent to the B1 level of the CEFR to join Year 3


 Courses  ECTS
General Art History 27
Arts and artistic handicrafts 18
Contemporary Arts 12
General History of Forms and Styles 21
Understanding the art market 12


 Seminars ECTS
Professional practices 24
Understanding the professional world 21
Appraisal and introduction to the assessment of art objects and artworks 12


 Specialised seminars / Ancient Art ECTS
Drafting a catalogue for art sales 3
Creating a file for artworks appraisal 3
Communication for artistic organisations 3


Professional immersion ECTS
Discovering professional practices 6
Professional immersion – Internships 12


Total 180
Language practice
English or another language (1) 6

(1) if students have already attained a TOEIC level or if they are native speakers of English


A profession combining curiosity, dynamism and expertise

The “Expert-advisor” for the Art Market programme meets the expectations of professionals in the field for positions of assistant in all sorts of galleries, auctioneer’s cabinets, auction houses, antique shops, artist agents, as well as communication agencies or media specialised in promotion and information in the field. “Expert-advisers” in art objects objects can work in antiques or decorative shops, art galleries, museums or art centres. They analyse, study and research on the elements for the authentication of a work. They oversee the estimation of works and artists and advise purchases and sales. They participate in the organisation of exhibitions


Expert Advisers develop a two-sided competence in arts and commerce. They are able to identify works and objects and set their commercial value. They know where to find information and how to collect it to enable authentication. They are acquainted with artists’ workshops and know where and how to sell works, how to promote artists and contribute to the implementation of exhibitions or auction sales.


Expert-advisors enjoy travelling, visiting artists’ workshops and looking for artworks. Intuitive, equipped with a fine taste, they are interested in the development of trends, contemporary creation or cultural heritage preservation. They like history and its relations with artistic creation. They enjoy sharing their passion for art.