This programme offers you the chance to engage with the key issues in the formulation of arts and cultural policy and the administration of the arts, in particular those relating to the performing arts.
This MA from the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) will enable you to develop an awareness of and a critical approach to the discipline, by studying arts policy and practice in Europe, audience development, fundraising, arts education, cultural tourism, regeneration through arts, arts diversity and social inclusion, copyright and the role of the arts in relations and diplomacy as well as national and cultural identity. There are modules in:
Practitioners from many companies, venues and national organisations teach on the programme, providing a direct link with the profession.
Through individual research and placement with an arts company or management organisation you will develop essential practical skills to enhance your potential and your employability as an arts administrator.
The programme also offers you one module in a complementary area. These at present are:
From the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE):
From the Department of Theatre and Performance:
From the Department of Music - see below.
It's also possible to follow a ‘Music Pathway’ in this programme, which allows you to broaden your musical knowledge and skills through largely theory and/or history-based modules.
Modules and StructureAutumn Term
You take four modules taught over two-and-a-half days (for full-time students).
You will study three modules on the programme over two days.You choose one 'Shared Module', and then you take the Management and Professional modules which are broken up into Business Planning for Arts Organisations and an Internship
The Shared Modules will allow you to continue to develop your understanding of a creative practice, or a specialist area of management.This module, therefore, comprises studies in one area of creative practice eg. Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media or Cultural Diplomacy. (For some modules it will be necessary for a student to have a background in the area they wish to study as they are primarily concerned with the discipline rather than its administration/management – for example in music).Note: not all modules may run every year.
Drama• Performance Art and Health• Sociocultural Analysis of the Musical
ICCE• Cultural Relations and Diplomacy• Entrepreneurial Modelling• Interpretation, Education and Communication in the Art Museum
Music• Modules fromMMus programmes
Media & CommunicationsBranding II: This module offers an in-depth examination of key debates and topics in contemporary brand development, from both critical and practical perspectives.
Summer TermTaught one day a week, you will have lectures and seminars that cover contemporary arts management issues such as: copyright and performing rights; touring; cultural leadership and diplomacy; and further develops some areas introduced earlier in the year, such as arts and tourism. During the term there are also timetabled sessions for individual tutorials relating to your Dissertation.
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent to enroll and study on this programme.
No work experience is required.
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