M.A. / PgCert Arts, Festival and Cultural Management

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP11000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Queen Margaret University | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Within a rapidly changing domestic and international environment, the work of arts and cultural managers is becoming more complex and significant. The creative industries are growing rapidly and patterns of cultural work are changing. Cultural organisations and festivals are in a period of fundamental, pervasive and long-term change; managers must deal with a host of dramatic, often contradictory, demands and challenges. This leads to a situation where there is a need for graduates with more holistic and integrated perspectives regarding the management of cultural organisations and the political, economic, social and environmental conditions in which they function.

Description of / PgCert Arts, Festival and Cultural Management


This course has been developed in response to this need and is rooted in a belief that great leaders in the cultural sector will recognise the value of effective management while acknowledging that approaches may need to be adapted to meet the particularities of cultural organisations and festivals. Through encouraging you to become critically reflective, the course will develop your knowledge of the contemporary issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals while equipping you with the practical management skills that are essential for developing a career in the field. While not intended as practical vocational training a number of assignments are orientated towards developing the knowledge and skills required to become an effective practitioner in the field. In addition, students are encouraged to arrange and undertake practical experience within cultural organisations to complement their studies.

This MA is designed as a conversion degree and we welcome applicants from non-business related subjects. It is suitable for both graduates who wish to provide a functional management emphasis to their first degree and those with equivalent professional qualifications or experience. It is likely to be of interest to those who studied the arts and humanities at undergraduate level or those with significant workplace experience who would like to gain a formal qualification in a flexible manner.

Bursaries are available for staff from selected Scottish cultural organisations please see the Fees/Credits section for further details.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline August
Tuition fee
  • GBP 11000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4000 Year (EEA)
  • Home - full-time: £4000 per year
  • Home - part-time: £440 per 15 credit module
  • Home - part-time, dissertation: £880
  • International - full-time: £11000 per year
  • International - part-time: £1200 per 15 credit module
  • International - part-time dissertation: £2400
Start date September  2016
Credits 180 credits
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

15 credits: Critical Issues in Cultural Management and Policy/ Managing Cultural Projects and Festivals*/ Strategic Management and Finance*/ Marketing Cultural Organisations and Festivals*/ Fundraising and Development in Cultural Organisations and Festivals*/ People Management, Governance and Law/ Understanding Research/ Experiential Learning

If studying for an MA, you will also complete a dissertation or project (60 credits).

*These are the modules that will be taught on the block taught PgCert route

Block Taught PgCert:

We are now offering a PgCert Arts, Festival and Cultural Management will via a block taught route for the first time.This will allow those working full-time to undertake the PgCert by attending campus in four blocks of four days throughout the year. These intensive blocks of teaching are planned to be delivered at the end of September, the beginning of November, the end of January and the beginning of March.

English Language Requirements


IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for / PgCert Arts, Festival and Cultural Management

A UK honours degree or equivalent OR significant work experience in cultural organisations or festivals.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Work Experience for / PgCert Arts, Festival and Cultural Management

No work experience is required.

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