Christian Battaglia

MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy

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 :

  • 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

What you'll study

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
  Management and Professional Practice 1: Internship 30 credits
  Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts Organisations 30 credits

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 the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

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 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing

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

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.

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.



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

What our students say

Jana Jammal

"The degree was the ideal stepping stone to starting my career in the arts in the UK."

I absolutely loved my time at Goldsmiths University. The curriculum was engaging, inspiring and eye opening, but best of all I got to study alongside brilliant like-minded people from all over the world. 

The degree was the ideal stepping stone to starting my career in the arts in the UK

Chun-Ying Wei

"Studying with bright minds from all over the world and enjoying great arts in London made the year in Goldsmiths unforgettable."

Upon receiving the BA degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from National Taiwan University, Chun-Ying followed her passion in performing arts to work in the National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taipei. In 2007, she headed for London to advance her professional skills. The MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy programme not only integrated her academic background and working experience but also provided her an opportunity to reflect on the nature of cultural policy making. Studying with bright minds from all over the world and enjoying great arts in London made the year in Goldsmiths unforgettable.

After completing the degree, Chun-Ying returned to Taiwan and worked briefly as an arts administrator. With the passion and curiosity on cultural policy, she joined the Council for Cultural Affairs (now Ministry of Culture) as a project executive. The curiosity persisted and motivated her to pursue a career in cultural policy research. In 2010, she was awarded the Government Sponsorship for Overseas Study from Ministry of Education (Taiwan) and returned to Goldsmiths for her PhD research in ICCE. Her research interests include cultural diplomacy and relations, cultural identity, and nation branding.

While working on her research, Chun-Ying also worked as the London Correspondent for the magazine Performing Arts Review, a flagship publication by the National Performing Arts Center in Taipei. In 2013, she initiated a writing project ‘London life A to Z’ (in Chinese) with her husband Shunyu Pai. A selection of their writing was published in book format in 2016:《倫敦腔:兩個解釋狂的英國文化索引》Londonphiles: Footnotes of a Great City (Undertable Press). She now lives in Taipei and is about to complete her doctoral thesis.

Saira Dhanoo

" My current roles involve being part of so many different worlds, but they all come together and Goldsmiths provided invaluable industry mentorship towards this end."

Having graduated from my Goldsmiths programme, I had a renewed passion for Arts Education and began preliminary research into its rollout which was then presented at the 2nd World Conference on Arts Education, UNESCO, South Korea. 

I'm now Senior Instructor in Drama at The University of Trinidad & Tobago and I manage a small theatre company that uses role-play for private & public sector human resource training. I also participate in Curriculum Review for the Curriculum Planning and Development Section of the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and in Subject Panel Review Teams for Theatre Arts in the Caribbean for which the study of cultural policy at Goldsmiths adequately prepared me. 

Additionally, I’m an Examiner for the practical component of Theatre Arts at the Secondary Level. It’s a rich experience, being part of so many different worlds but they all come together and Goldsmiths provided invaluable industry mentorship towards this end. 

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