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


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



  • 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.


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


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


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

Annette Brook

Annette is a playwright and has had work shown at Soho Theatre, Brockley Jack Studio, Theatre503 and The Feminist Library.

Annette has managed to combine both her BA English (also Goldsmiths) and MA Arts Administration degrees working at Spread the Word (London’s writer development agency) for five years in three different roles and as Communications Manager for the Royal Society of Literature since 2013. At the RSL she is responsible for external communications including website, social media, press, advertising, publicity, e newsletter and manages the team of Volunteers. She is a trustee of Peckham Platform, a community gallery in south London.

Annette is a playwright and has had work shown at Soho Theatre, Brockley Jack Studio, Theatre503 and The Feminist Library. She was a 2015-16 Jerwood Arvon Mentee. 

During her time on the MA she particularly enjoyed her work placement with Writernet (playwright development organisation) and writing her dissertation on social class and theatre. She also liked the mix of cultural policy alongside the more practical elements and visiting a range of arts and cultural organisations to meet those who had forged a successful career in the arts.

J J El-Far

"I am confident that the experience and expertise I gained at Goldsmiths will continue to open doors for me throughout my professional life."

I am an Arab American artist and creative producer based in Harlem, NYC. When I was looking into graduate schools for arts administration, I initially thought about staying in New York, but the programs were all either 2 or 3 years long, and prohibitively expensive. Working for the British Council as the Arts Program Coordinator, I produced arts programs that supported cultural relations between the US and UK, which exposed me to British artists and culture. I knew I had found the right fit with Goldsmiths. I was intrigued by the notion of focusing on the UK’s cultural policy, which I consider to be superior to the United States’ as well as the international aspects of the program. The thought of living in London for a year, which is a true global crossroads and cultural mecca, was even more enticing. Plus the program ended up being more cost effective and time efficient, so that sealed the deal.

I found the program to be very well rounded, and while some of the material was remedial for me having worked in the field for several years already, I found that dedicating time to the study of best practice and cultural policy was still very helpful and rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the sessions about marketing and audience development, business planning, and the visits from arts professionals. During my spring semester, I worked three days a week at Artsadmin, a position that counted as my work placement. There I served as Assistant Producer on the Two Degrees Festival of art, climate change and social action, and had the opportunity to work with world-class artists on public art events around the city.

The British Council was very generous to hold my position for me until I returned from London. Shortly after resuming my post, I was promoted to Arts Officer where I now have greater responsibility over our partnerships and program management. I am also the Co-Founder was Creative Director of the Harlem Arts Festival, which supports and presents emerging artists for the Harlem community. I have recently become Chair of HAF’s board, and decided to focus my energies on long-term organizational development, board growth and artistic partnerships. Since graduating from college with a dual B.A. in Theater Arts and International Studies, I have always been focused on building a career in the arts with an international scope, while being an advocate for progressive policies and incorporating social justice agendas within the arts in the US.

As a member of Theatre Communications Group’s Young Leaders of Color, Women of Color in the Arts, and Theatre Without Borders, I was glad to expand my professional network to include my incredible classmates from around the world, and gain valuable contacts in the arts sector in Britain. Previously, I co-founded and was Executive Director of Hybrid Theatre Works, an international theater collective, which created over 60 original works using non-traditional space and new media. While at Goldsmiths I was invited by the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to consult and lead workshops on creative producing. I am confident that the experience and expertise I gained at Goldsmiths will continue to open doors for me throughout my professional life.

Jack Dean

"After graduating, I worked for two years as General Manager at the Bike Shed Theatre, then embarked on a full time career as a freelance theatre maker and writer."

After graduating, I worked for two years as General Manager at the Bike Shed Theatre, then embarked on a full time career as a freelance theatre maker and writer.

In 2014 I was commissioned by Camden People's Theatre to create "Camden on the Moon" as part of 20:20 Vision. 

In 2015 I created "Grandad and the Machine", a steampunk fairytale for grown ups, which is still touring. The development of the show was supported by ACE, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Apples and Snakes. I received a commission from the Unlimited fund for disabled artists to tour the piece, including a showcase at the South Bank Centre. 

In early 2016 I was commissioned by ARC Stockton and The Civic, Barnsley to create my first piece for children aged 3-7. Supported by ACE, "Horace and the Yeti" saw me take a major step forward in terms of size of production team, and working with another performer for the first time. Audience reactions were extremely positive and I will tour the piece in 2017. 

As an artist working in spoken word and poetry I have performed at prestigious venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club, New York, the BBC Radio 4 National Poetry Slam and Latitude Festival. I won an Ideastap Innovators Award in 2013 and toured extensively with Apples and Snakes as part of Public Address 2. My debut poetry collection, Poems for Grown Up Children, is published by Burning Eye Books.

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.


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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