The Institute of Art Business and Antiques

The Institute of Art Business and Antiques is a member of an organization recognized as a symbol of quality and integrity in the art and antique world:

International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers Association (CINOA) and the part of CINOA on the territory of Russia and CIS - International Confederation of Antique and Art Dealers (ICAAD)

The mission of this international organization is to:

Advocate for art and antique dealers
Protect national heritage
Eliminate traffic of stolen art and antiques
Support artistic development, education and research
Promote private and public collections


The Institute aims to give students basic skills, both academic and practical, in attribution and expertise of art objects. Students gain competence in the formation of private collections and knowledge of how to invest in the art market. They master management of antique dealing and contemporary art.

We are located in a historic part of Moscow, not far from Leningradskoe shosse, 5-minute walk from “Dinamo” metro station in a legendary villa “Black Swan”. For those students who come by car - there are no difficulties with parking there.

The Institute offers programmes by different authors, designed to train experts in the history of art, expertise of art objects and management in  antique dealing.

We combine lectures with visits to outstanding art collections, exhibitions and auction houses in Moscow. The main feature of the Institute is a skill-based and hands-on education system, as most of the classes take place in museums, auction houses and private galleries.

The graduates of the Institute receive validated diplomas, which allow leading professional activity in the contemporary art market and dealing with professional collecting. (Our diploma is equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma in the UK).

Our location

Our location

Our location

Education Staff

The study programmes are taught by some of the most knowledgeable and highly respected experts in the field of art. All of them are not only acknowledged specialists, but have legal rights and state certificates to expertize art objects.

Among them are the best specialists in art history and theory, experienced museum practitioners. Some are experts from the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Tretyakov Art Gallery, the State Historical Museum, the Kremlin Museums, Museum of Oriental Art, Ostankino Palace-Museum of Serf Art, Kuskovo Ceramics Museum, House of Icons, restoration workshops, as well as lecturers from the best Moscow academic institutions.

Our students

Our students are from diverse backgrounds, interests, generations and have had different life experiences.  They choose our institute because they want to get a better understanding of the artists, their techniques, methods and masterpieces.

We seek students who aspire to gain knowledge in art history, explore various fascinating art collections with people who live and breathe art.

We welcome potential students who aspire to establish their own collections; collectors who are interested in long-term investments; owners and employees of galleries and art shops, who want to enhance their knowledge of art.

All those people who choose art and antiques as their specialization and would like to progress or simply to fill any gaps in their knowledge are encouraged to apply.