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


  • 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

I-Chi Ko

"I absolutely believe that I made a best decision of my life in studying at Goldsmiths."

I chose Goldsmiths for my MA because of its creative, multicultural and diverse atmosphere.

The Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course provided me with lots of practical and theoretical ideas, which extended my thinking. For example, we had lots of lectures which by arts and cultural field experts, and visiting tutors who help you connect with the ideas that first appeared during your classes.

The best thing about the course is that it allowed me to meet lots of classmates from different backgrounds, countries and industries. We exchange our thoughts all the time, and we learn from each other.

I absolutely believe that I made a best decision of my life in studying at Goldsmiths.

Nadezhda Zhelyazkova

"During her time on the course, Nadezhda was thrilled to meet so many professionals from every area of the arts and beyond, both among her peers and lecturers." 

With a BA (Hons) Visual Arts degree from the University of Salford, Nadezhda has an extensive background as a practitioner in the visual arts, but her heart always lay with theatre and she finds working on theatrical productions to be the perfect combination of creativity and organisational skills.

During her time on the course, Nadezhda was thrilled to meet so many professionals from every area of the arts and beyond, both among her peers and lecturers. Certainly, the most valuable experience was the opportunity to do a six-month work placement at LIFT. This served as an extension to all the taught material on the course, and tied in with the practical implications of art administration.

Soon after completing the course, Nadezhda joined Newbury Productions, as a producer of touring theatre, on an exciting journey to expanding the company’s work and presenting international theatre to a UK audience. In addition, to her formal employment, she also worked as a freelance producer on several shows, including a site specific performance in London in October 2014, Sarah Kane's Crave at the Prague Quadrennial in June 2015, and Crushed Shells and Mud - a new play by Bruntwood Prize winner Ben Musgrave - at the Southwark Playhouse, in the fall of 2015.

At present, Nadezhda is working for Playing ON - a theatre company giving voice to disenfranchised people - on Philip Osment's new play Hearing Things. This is a large project, which involves producing the play, a series of satellite events, part of a larger festival around mental health awareness, and a drama workshop for mental wellbeing, all in collaboration with and taking place at the Albany Theatre in Deptford. 

Sinead Ryan

" After taking the plunge and moving to London, I quickly realised that music was not my only artistic love and I became heavily involved in theatre."

Before moving to London to begin my MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, I completed my Bachelor of Arts with Music in 2012 and my Bachelor of Music in 2013 from University College Cork. During this time, I was heavily involved in the Cork music scene - event management and performing - and this gave me an insight to the administrative side of music and the arts. After finishing my Bachelor of Music, I was employed by my University in their Student Activities Office as an adviser and subsequently was appointed project manager for the UCC Societies' Summer Camp. This instilled in me that, in order to placate my passion for the arts, community participation and organisation, the Goldsmiths MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy was the path to take.

After taking the plunge and moving to London, I quickly realised that music was not my only artistic love and I became heavily involved in theatre. I rekindled my interest in community and participation and was lucky enough to become part of the LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) Festival as their Participation and Production Intern working predominately on their main participation piece 'Turfed' which, with a cast of young people who had experienced homelessness, highlighted the world-wide issue of homelessness through the theme of soccer. 

Upon completing my MA, I found myself in the same position as many of my peers and faced the prospect of unemployment and job searching. I returned to Ireland after applying for a position with Music Generation Laois, a performance music education programme for children and young people in Co Laois that provides heavily subsidised music tuition and is part of Music Generation Ireland whose long-term goal is to provide a sustainable music education service for all children in their own locality.

I began working for Music Generation Laois in January 2015 acting as an administrator, events assistant, database manager, liaising with parents, students, teachers and schools, and acting as assistant tutor for our Primary Strings Programme. It is a varied role that is never the same from day-to-day but I am delighted to be working with an organisation whose work I feel so passionate about.


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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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