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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
6995

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Arts Management at Bath Spa University

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

Overview

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.

Modules

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:

Core

  • Arts Management in the 21st century
  • Managing Arts and Cultural Events
  • Marketing Communications
  • Extended Placement Project or Dissertation in Arts and Cultural Management.

Optional

  • Marketing Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • 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
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective learning and work-experience journals
  • Reviews
  • Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents
  • Project progress reports
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations.

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.

Opportunities

Visiting lecturers

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
  • Marketing
  • Audience development
  • Fundraising
  • 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out
  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £6,995 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for enthusiastic, intelligent, hard-working individuals who have a thirst for knowledge and skills.

Typical offers

You will normally have a good first honours degree in any academic subject. You may be considered without a first degree, if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience. You may be asked to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. A minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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