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MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy

  • Length
    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Department
    Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Course overview

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 and Cultural Entrepreneurship 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:

  • Cultural Policy and Practice
  • Management and Professional Practice 1: Work placement
  • Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts
  • An option module in a complimentary area

Practitioners from many companies, venues and national organisations teach on the programme, providing a direct link with the profession. See our our partners in learning.

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 and Cultural Entrepreneurship:

  • Entrepreneurial Modelling
  • Interpretation, Education and Communication in the Art Museum
  • Cultural Relations and Diplomacy
  • Cultural and Creative Tourism
  • Culture, Tourism and Regeneration

From the Department of Theatre and Performance

  • Disability Theatre
  • Sociocultural Analysis of the Musical
  • Radical Performance

From the Department of Music - modules from MMus programmes. This also includes a module in Music Management.

From the Department of Design:

  • Enterprising Leadership: An Introduction to the Discourse of Contemporary Leadership, Enterprise, and Innovation

Music Pathway

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. 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the ICCE Administrator

Modules & structure

Autumn term

You take four modules taught over two-and-a-half days (for full-time students).

Module title Credits
  Cultural Policy and Practice 30 credits
  Introduction to Audience Development n/a
  Introduction to Fundraising n/a
  Seminar Series n/a

Spring term

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, Theatre and Performance, Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship, 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).

Theatre and Performance

  • Disability Theatre
  • Sociocultural Analysis
  • Radical Performance

ICCE

  • Cultural Relations and Diplomacy
  • Entrepreneurial Modelling
  • Interpretation, Education and Communication in the Art Museum
  • Cultural Tourism and Regeneration
  • Contemporary Issues in Cultural Policy

Music

Design

  • Enterprising Leadership: An Introduction to the Discourse of Contemporary Leadership, Enterprise, and Innovation
Core modules (taught in ICCE): Module title Credits
  The Management and Professional Practice 1: Internship n/a
  Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts Organisation n/a

Summer term

Taught 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.

Module title Credits
  MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy Dissertation 60 credits

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

We engage directly with external partners from the creative industries,
and make use of our home in the heart of this thriving global city

Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

The creative industries and cultural sector are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. In the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) we specialise in preparing our students to understand, manage and innovate in these fascinating areas.

Many of our programmes are taught in partnership with international, regional and local cultural organisations, giving you the opportunity to gain direct experience of professional practice.

Find out more about the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Skills & careers

Skills

The programme enables you to develop the following skills:

  • Critical awareness of cultural policy issues
  • Preparation of specific audience development and fundraising strategies for arts organisations, and more generic strategic plans
  • Leadership and teamwork skills

Careers

Graduates typically go on to careers in the following areas:

  • Cultural policy: researching, developing, writing, analysing and evaluating policy
  • Management in building-based and touring theatre, dance, music and visual arts organisations
  • Arts education, arts regeneration and arts for social and community purposes
  • Audience development, programming and planning

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Profiles

Jen Barnes

"Moving to London to attend Goldsmiths has been, hands-down, the best decision that I've made regarding my career and education."

"Moving to London to attend Goldsmiths has been, hands-down, the best decision that I've made regarding my career and education. Not only have I gained the knowledge and skills that I felt I was lacking in the areas of business and cultural policy, but I have also gained a massive network in the arts sector.

Our lectures are frequently led by guest lecturers from various arts organisations in and around London. This offers a unique opportunity to see behind the curtain, so to speak, and to get a real feeling of the day-to-day requirements of running these organisations. The required internship is crucial, and for me, has led to employment. London's cultural scene is the perfect backdrop for studying the arts and you can't beat the travel connections to Europe."

Janice Gore

Janice currently coordinates the Bachelors degree in Arts Management at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Janice studied Literature and History at the University of the West Indies and has been working in the arts and culture sector in Jamaica largely through administration, marketing, public relations, writing and publishing.   
 
Goldsmiths afforded her the opportunity to study current trends and best practices in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in 2006 and to explore arts management as a discipline to be further developed in Jamaica. Goldsmiths also provided opportunities for training and developing her administrative and management skills. Along with cultural policy, arts and regeneration is a key area of interest. Since then she has gone on to do Publishing Studies at City University London. 
 
Janice currently coordinates the Bachelors degree in Arts Management at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. She lectures courses in Cultural Policy Development, Contemporary Issues in the Cultural Industries and National Identity and the Arts. She has a keen interest in advocating for the growth of the culture sector in Jamaica.
 
At present she is conducting research on issues related to cultural policy and law in Jamaica. She works intermittently with various arts professionals in Jamaica and is an avid music and theatre lover who is seeking to expand the arts publishing landscape in Jamaica. Her ultimate goal is to merge all her skills into a successful business and academic careeer.

Jen Farrant

She is currently working part time for the Royal Opera House Bridge as the programme manager for Arts Award.

Jen Farrant graduated from Goldsmiths with an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in 2012 and since then has been working as a freelance arts manager, including developing strategic development plans for Arts Award Supporter for Trinity College London, running pan European projects with multiple partners and multiple projects within arts education.

She is currently working part time for the Royal Opera House Bridge as the programme manager for Arts Award, where she has responsibility for developing Arts Award across the region. ROH Bridge is one of 10 Arts Council England Bridges who are responsible for helping to support young people to have meaningful arts and cultural experiences.

In addition Jen continues her freelance work, currently as the festival director for Thurrock International Celebration of Culture and working with Trinity College London.

Caitlin Leadem

After graduating, Caitlin worked as a publicist for a collection of performing comedians in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival.

With a background in Organisational and Interpersonal Communication and contemporary dance, Caitlin Leadem moved to London from North Carolina, USA to attend Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2008.  After an exciting year of study at this institute and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies, Caitlin knew that while still wanting to be involved in dance and performance arts, on stage was not the place for her.

The MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths had everything Caitlin was looking for and she enrolled in the course in 2009.  Caitlin was very proud to have the opportunity to join the Goldsmiths community of highly accomplished professionals and alumni.  The emphasis on visiting arts organisations and the ready access Goldsmiths students have to learn from respected leaders of arts and culture in London and the UK was extremely beneficial. Whilst studying, Caitlin had the pleasure of working for Jonzi D Productions, an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells.

After graduating, Caitlin worked as a publicist for a collection of performing comedians in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and was then offered the opportunity to work for Emery PR. Caitlin quickly became responsible for appearances, tours, and DVD releases for Sean Lock, Jeremy Hardy, Stephen K Amos and Tim Vine amongst others.

Caitlin looks forward to continue working in arts management and PR in London and will most certainly be utilising all the knowledge gained at Goldsmiths along with the opportunities her curriculum has provided. 

Lara Stavrinou

She found that the concrete skills offered by the course, such as fundraising and management, are invaluable to making yourself a proactive and employable arts graduate.

Lara Stavrinou is a producer and facilitator. She is currently Youth Arts Inclusion Coordinator at Ovalhouse theatre, which involves managing disability arts projects, outreach work with NEETS and young offenders, and setting up a national network for arts organisations working with at risk young people.  She is currently producing Danny Braverman’s solo show Wot? No Fish!! on a mini national tour and Edinburgh Festival Fringe run. She also facilitates drama workshops for Theatre Peckham.

Lara previously worked as London Theatre Assistant at Arts Council England and has also worked for Hampstead Theatre's Creative Learning department, Tamasha theatre company, The National  and the Royal Court.

As a writer, she has partaken in several writers groups at the Royal court and has had work performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Whilst undertaking the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, Lara particularly enjoyed writing a business plan and her Disability Theatre module. She focused on Arts Education and engagement and enjoyed delving into research and learning more about the sector that employs her. She found that the concrete skills offered by the course, such as fundraising and management, are invaluable to making yourself a proactive and employable arts graduate.

Entry requirements

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.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from 1 October until 1 April for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees & funding

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Find out more about tuition fees.

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