Experience and understand the creative economy, cultural policy and current best practice in professional arts management.
- Develop professional networks with help from sector practitioners and academic experts.
- Boost your employability with work-based experience in arts and cultural organisations.
- Gain an understanding of arts and cultural management in an international context.
This flexible course adapts to the ever changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning.
We'll give you the unique opportunity to engage with an extensive range of regional, national and international arts and cultural organisations. These cover the full range of the creative industries including dance, theatre, music, digital creativity, fine art, fashion and heritage.
You'll graduate as a responsive, resilient, flexible and imaginative practitioner, equally comfortable in a variety of settings, adept at working in partnership with a wide range of organisations.
"I was supported through both of my degrees to the most excellent standard, and was offered really wonderful opportunities."
Charlotte Kippax, BA (Hons) History and Heritage and MA Arts Management
What you'll learn
Building on your own experience and background, you'll expand your professional arts knowledge, management skills, entrepreneurial thinking and creative leadership skills.
Delivered in close collaboration with leading arts organisations, we'll provide you with the theoretical framework, appropriate skills and practical experience to meet the challenges of working in your chosen field.
You'll cover theory, critical thinking and skills development as well as gaining practical experience. You'll analyse debates in and around culture and the arts, and apply them to contemporary practice, structures, funding and participation.
On the course you combine bespoke Arts Management modules with a choice of Business and Management modules in your own particular areas of interest. These include:
- Arts Management in the 21st century
- Managing Arts and Cultural Events
- Marketing Communications
- Extended Placement Project or Dissertation in Arts and Cultural Management.
- Marketing Management
- Creative Enterprise: a New Business Venture
- Managing People
- International Business Environment
- Advanced Academic and Business Skills.*
*Recommended for international students whose first language is not English.
How will I be assessed?
On this course you're assessed by a variety of methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:
- Reports on work-based assignments
- Research project reports
- Reflective learning and work-experience journals
- Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents
- Project progress reports
- Project evaluations
How will I be taught?
We combine academic study with professional work experience. You'll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, work-based learning, and research projects.
Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in arts and cultural management. You'll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the workplace.
As well as researching and reflecting on current policy and debate in arts and cultural management today, you'll also be introduced to people who are dealing the reality of how these play out in arts organisations in practice. You'll benefit from being taught by a range of professional practitioners from across the arts and cultural sectors. They deliver lectures and workshops, mentor you on work experience and research projects, and become part of your own developing professional networks.
Gain experience in the sector
At the heart of this course is work-based experience and embedded networking opportunities. You'll have opportunities to assess current practice and to research the wider theoretical and academic contexts of arts and cultural management today.
Prepare for a career in arts management
Culture, the arts and the creative industries are estimated to be worth over £81 billion to the UK economy.
Careers in arts management are varied and cover every cultural and artistic area. They include roles in:
- Events and venue management
- Programming events and seasons
- Audience development
- Community engagement and social inclusion
- Education and learning
- Managing artists and performers.
"I was able to balance the course well with working full time, and the two even complemented each other. The subject content was really fascinating, particularly the chance to meet representatives from the Arts sector."
Charlotte Kippax, Arts Management graduate
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
The majority of module workshops, seminars and tutorials are held at our Newton Park campus.