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Christian Battaglia

MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy

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

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 Organisations 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

Student profiles

Riika Lahti

" The Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course provided me with a great variety of transferable skills which have provided me job opportunities within and beyond art."

I am currently working as a Project Analyst For Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course provided me with a great variety of transferable skills which have provided me job opportunities within and beyond art.

Laura Talbot

" The Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course not only exposed me to a wide variety of practical approaches to managing the arts but also opened my mind to diverse theoretical ideologies within the field. My learning expanded far beyond the lecture hall with the city of London as an extension of the classroom and my fellow students from all different backgrounds as my further teachers."

I received my Bachelors of Business Administration in 2009 with the aspiration of working in arts management. As often happens, life took a different path and I carved out a successful career in the hospitality industry for 6 years before deciding that it was time to follow my dreams of working in the arts. After living in New York for my entire life and having one of the most vibrant cultural cities on my doorstep, I decided that I wanted to broaden my artistic horizons and explore new ways of creating and thinking within the cultural sector. Undertaking my Master's course in London, another one of the world’s most artistically stimulating and forward-thinking cities was an obvious choice.

Studying at Goldsmiths was without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. The Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course not only exposed me to a wide variety of practical approaches to managing the arts but also opened my mind to diverse theoretical ideologies within the field. My learning expanded far beyond the lecture hall with the city of London as an extension of the classroom and my fellow students from all different backgrounds as my further teachers.  

As I learned more about arts funding and the challenges and successes of different models throughout Europe and how they compared to what I knew of the United States, it fueled my drive to work in Development and truly be one of the individuals working to make the arts possible. As part of the course, I had the opportunity to intern in the Development Department of the Donmar Warehouse and the experience was invaluable in learning about the inner workings of a thriving theatre company with a large, dedicated supporter base. Since coming back to New York, I’ve started working as the Fundraising Manager at TADA! Youth Theater. As one of only two people in my department, I am able to work in all facets of fundraising including individual giving, institutional grants, corporate sponsorship, and event planning. Working with a youth theatre puts me in a unique position of helping to foster the next generation of artists and arts lovers, which makes me feel every day as though I’m making an impact."

Lorna Wooldridge

" The MA introduced me not just to the arts scene in the UK, but the rest of the world, too, and through research I got to explore how our funding system for the arts and the audience development strategies used here compare to that elsewhere."

I have always been involved in the arts for as long as I can remember. I was in a number of theatre groups as a child and teenager, and have spent most of my life playing guitar. When undertaking a BA (Hons) in Advertising and Marketing Communications, I got a fantastic placement opportunity at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, which was an opportunity to combine my  passion of the arts with my degree by working as the Press and Marketing Assistant. By the time my placement came to an end, I didn't want to leave and stayed on until the BA was finished.

Whilst working a the theatre I saw some of the most clever audience development strategies take place, and became fascinated how a local theatre always managed to have a growing audience each season. It became clear to me how essential audience development is to the survival of the arts industries, and in order to explore that more I undertook the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.

The MA introduced me not just to the arts scene in the UK, but the rest of the world, too, and through research I got to explore how our funding system for the arts and the audience development strategies used here compare to that elsewhere. The atmosphere in Goldsmiths sparks creativity and was inspiring whilst researching. The tutors encouraged us to find answers to the current topical issues in the arts, and this led to my current role at The Audience Agency.

Since graduating in September 2016 I have been working as a Research Assistant at The Audience Agency, specialising in bespoke quantitative research. I work in the arts industries as a whole, museums, galleries and theatres, which expands on my knowledge developed in the MA. It encourages arts organisations to undertake their own research, and aids them in development of their audiences by understanding who their current audiences are. 

 

See more profiles for this programme

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

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • 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 & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

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.

Scholarships

The McKenna Charitable Trust Postgraduate Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to 4 Masters students from the UK or Europe, who are studying postgraduate Masters programmes within the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.

The scholarships will each cover 50% of tuition fee for the Masters programme totaling individual awards of £3,880 for the academic year of study.

In addition to the above award, students may apply for or ask to also be considered for The Harprit Sekhon Scholarship in the Creative and Cultural Industries. This consists of one award of £1,000.

Find out more about applying for these scholarships

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