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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

Student profiles

Duy Hung Tran

"My Goldsmiths year has definitely made a positive impact on me and the way my organisation is now operated."

After graduating from the MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy program I returned to my home country (Vietnam) and currently continue running The Onion Cellar, an arts initiative that I co-founded and have been coordinating and curating events for (from another continent at times) since 2011. Through the event medium, we seek to champion leftfield / underground music and visual arts, to transcend boundaries and strengthen exchanges between the Vietnamese alternative cultural scene and those further afield. So far, more than eighty film screenings and concerts have been organised in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, thematically and aesthetically covering a large variety of ground, with participation and involvement from artists as diverse as Vincent Moon, Zeni Geva, Kangding Ray, Jonas Mekas, Don Hertzfeldt, amongst many others.

My Goldsmiths year has definitely made a positive impact on me and the way my organisation is now operated. Thanks to Gerald, Sian and other lecturers (including industry professionals who gave very informative guest-talks) I obtained a great deal of new insights and at the same time many of the practices I applied prior into my work were put into proper perspectives.

On a personal level, getting to know my fellow Goldsmiths students (those in my program or otherwise) has been most inspiring. I became good friends with a number of people who - though coming from different backgrounds and aspiring to work in different things - had the same independent / non-corporate / community-centric approach to the arts. This has had the welcoming effect of improving my self-confidence to persevere in the path I've chosen to pursue.

Another aspect I really enjoyed about the program is the combination of practical and intellectual discourses it engendered. The experiences of researching and working on my assessments (especially the final dissertation) - and in general having a chance to intellectually engage with such a wealth of knowledge (through discussions with the departmental staff and through the vast catalogue of the Goldsmiths Library) - have been greatly stimulating and rewarding. Over the course of the program those experiences made me seriously consider the prospect of exploring even further the academia avenue, which I should hope to revisit in the future.

Seo-hwa Roh

Seo-hwa Roh has always had a passion for the performing arts and love to be involved in the creative process and is looking forward to continuing her work with exciting new artists.

Since her undergraduate days, Seo-hwa Roh has been working in the field of Film, Theatre, and Art, exploring different perspectives, via various means such as making films and working as a theatre administrator.

At Goldsmiths, whilst studying an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy that she completed in 2007, Seo-hwa Roh was able to attend various seminars organised by the drama department and develop her skills in a British and European context.

After graduating from Goldsmiths, Seo-hwa Roh stayed in England to intern where she discovered much about the cultural scene in Britain. Since coming back to Korea in 2009, she have worked in several international arts events such as the Uijeongbu Music Theatre festival, Delphic Games, and Hi Seoul Festival and has been very fortunate to work with renowned foreign artists and theatre companies. Seo-hwa Roh managed the performing arts competition at the Delphic games and International Programme Coordinator at the festivals. They were quite intense experiences, but she really loved being at the heart of bringing these vibrant events to fruition.

Seo-hwa Roh has always had a passion for the performing arts and love to be involved in the creative process and is looking forward to continuing her work with exciting new artists, both as a producer and through directing theatre performances.

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.

Colin Kwok

After the MA programme Colin returned Hong Kong and worked as a researcher for Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Hong Kong.

Colin studied the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in 2004 and during the programme Colin spent his internship in the International Intelligence on Culture, mainly assisted the research on Hong Kong Arts & Cultural Indicators.  He also joined the Creative Clusters conference which was held in Brighton.  As a student representative he kept abreast of the latest development of the global creative sectors; and in which he was able to meet his future bosses.

After the MA programme Colin returned Hong Kong and worked as a researcher for Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Hong Kong.  He became involved in cultural researches for Hong Kong and Beijing, and tried pursue a PhD with his immense interest on cultural and creative districts.  However, desperate for a stable income to maintain his family, Colin eventually joined the Government service as a police inspector. 

As a police inspector Colin managed his subordinates with an open mind inherited from the MA programme.  His international exposure during the programme paved the way for effective communications between the police and the general public.  The programme not only brought creative thoughts to Colin, but also the working attitude inspired by the professors, guest lecturers and students of Goldsmiths.

Jessica Ramsey

At Goldsmiths, she particularly benefited from the diversity of the international student body and exceptional instructors, as well as the flexibility the course offered in her chosen fields of research.

A born and bred New Yorker, Jessica moved to London in 2007 to undertake the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course to expand a developing career in artist and events management. With a background in classical music and strong interest in international politics, her main body of research focused on the impact of cultural globalisation in the context of music, media and identity. At Goldsmiths, she particularly benefited from the diversity of the international student body and exceptional instructors, as well as the flexibility the course offered in her chosen fields of research. Most importantly, Goldsmiths pivotal position in the wider London academic and artistic community, as well as its unique geographical locale, provided a launching pad for an ensuing career path in London government and international events management.

Following the completion of the course in 2008, Jessica joined the culture and events team at the Mayor of London’s office, where she had the opportunity to develop and curate a number of London festivals and community events, as well as contribute to the new Mayor’s cultural strategy.

Jessica joined events wizards EAS in October 2010 as an Accounts Manager, and is currently managing a broad portfolio of clients including London Fashion Week, The United Nations, Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix and many, many more. She is a freelance French Horn player and currently works and lives in East London.

 

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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