Course information

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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.

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, Scandinavia, and a number of global countries. You will also study 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 Organisations
  • 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 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.

Please note that a placement with any specific arts organisation is not guaranteed, however we take you through a supportive process to gain a placement with an appropriate arts organisation.

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 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. You will be able to study a module in Music Management which is open to all, however, at the start of the year you will be able to discuss other MMus modules appropriate to your background. 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the ICCE Administrator.

What you'll study

Autumn term

Full-time students study for two-and-a-half days a week, while part-time students study for one day a week.*

Module title Credits
  Cultural Policy and Practice 30 credits
  Introduction to Audience Development n/a
  Introduction to Fundraising n/a
  Seminar Series & Guest Speakers n/a

Spring term

Full-time students will study three modules on the programme over two days. Part-time students will normally study two modules on one day.*

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 a placement.

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: Work Placement 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, tourism, and copyright. During the term there are also timetabled sessions for individual tutorials relating to your dissertation.

Module title Credits
  MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy: Dissertation 60 credits

* Clarification on Full-time/Part-time

There are many ways of doing this degree part-time. We recommend having a conversation with the programme convenor about how to proceed, and to determine time commitments.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 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.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. 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

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £10450
  • Home/EU - part-time: £5225
  • International - full-time: £18900

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. 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.

Careers

Skills

The programme enables you to develop the following skills:

  • Critical awareness of cultural policy issues
  • Preparation of specific audience development (marketing) and fundraising strategies for arts organisations, and more generic organisation strategic plans
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • A range of knowledge and skills required for operating in the cultural sector
  • An understanding of how new technologies impact on culture at all levels

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
  • Organisational development and fundraising

You will also be given individual career advice in personal tutorials, helping you identify potential areas of interest for future employment.

For more information on the range of careers available to MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy alumni, please see the What our students Say section.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

What our students say

Weiqing Zhang

the experience I gained on this programme layed a solid foundation to help me realise my dreams

I found out about Goldsmiths because of my previous boss in a gallery I worked at recommended it to me because. She said it is one of the most creative schools in the art field and it is well-recognised in China's art scene, which means it will better for my future job hunting after graduation. Before I came to Goldsmiths, I was working in MD Gallery, an international Gallery founded by a Paris woman. I was also working as a volunteer in Himalayas Art Museum, which is one of the largest museums in Shanghai.

I found my course a little bit tough as it was sometimes hard to find a balance between reading more books and seeing more exhibitions, while also spending a lot of time absorbing knowledge from lectures, too. As an international students, you can use a lot of energy to transfer English and Chinese and try to understand the deeper meaning of what the teachers said.

We all loved the college's atmosphere, both the physical environment and the artistic and creative atmosphere here. Everything here is so different from what I've experienced in former traditional study atmosphere. I would always walk in London centre and go to a lot of exhibitions as well. Finding new pubs or cafes in London helped me to immerse myself in London culture, too. The academic studies and research have been the most important channels to lay a solid foundation to realise my dream.

My ambitions to work as an excellent art administrator in an art institution such as an art museum have come true. Since completing my MA in ICCE, I now work as a core team member at the Start Museum. I am responsible for exhibitions assistance, researching artists and collections.

The Start Museum is a new contemporary art museum opening in Shanghai at the end of 2019. It's located near the West Bund Cultural Belt, Xuhui District in Shanghai, and was designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel. 

Thanks to what I've learned and experienced during my MA, I have improved my thinking and research abilities and have helped my job.

Ricardo de Lacerda Ferreira

the academic background gained in ICCE gave me a solid foundation to continue researching cultural policy

Originally a lawyer from Brazil, I always felt that the world is too fascinating for borders. For this reason, lived all over the world.

After working several years in the United Nations as a human rights officer in countries like Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo I felt I needed to think outside of the box to further develop my work.

The MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from ICCE was the answer for this need, as I wanted to gain knowledge on how arts and culture can be powerful tools for human empowerment. I was lucky enough to be part of a very diverse cohort and guided by the amazing lecturers together we developed our skills as arts administrators and cultural policies specialists.

Following the end of the MA, I remained in the UK for 6 months where I worked as a general manager for the Outside Edge theatre company. Currently, I am working as an international Legal, Cultural and Creative Adviser for the State Secretariat of Arts and Culture in Timor Leste, where I coordinate the construction of the country’s cultural policies as well as seeking business opportunities for the country in the cultural sector. As a young country, Timor Leste is investing a lot in the cultural segment and the creative industries, specially regarding the creation of the National Academy for the Arts and Creative Industries and the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage.

I am very glad I had the academic background gained in ICCE as it gave a solid foundation to continue researching on cultural policies in Asia and in the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

Andres Cordoba

I chose Goldsmiths, first of all, because of the fact that is located and well known in London. I am into contemporary arts, and definitely London is the place to be for a person like me.

My Goldsmiths journey so far has been interesting and challenging at the same time. First of all, I think that is very important to highlight that the education system in my country, Colombia, is very different, so to adapt to this new challenge has been difficult at some points, but definitely satisfactory. I am referring particularly to the fact that an MA at Goldsmiths consists on individual work basically. I have felt so far that lectures are just a guide for you to discover what you like and which topics you like to research. I must say, nevertheless, that the professors are extremely helpful and they will definitely make a difference if you look for help. So, at the beginning I was worried, to be honest I felt a little lost, but now every day I feel more confident and I know what I want to study and research.

Regarding the IWW, I have to say that it is very helpful, when it comes to socialize, which is a very important part of the experience here as well. So, to meet people from all over the world that are in your same situation makes you feel accompanied, and in a huge city like London, that is priceless. I think that the activities are also helpful, except the library induction one, because I did not go to the library, which in my opinion, does not makes, a lot of sense. But, in general terms, I found it useful.

I chose Goldsmiths, first of all, because of the fact that is located and well known in London. I am into contemporary arts, and definitely London is the place to be for a person like me. So many activities, museums, galleries, exhibitions, conferences, etc., going on, that at some point is actually overwhelming. Another reason to choose Goldsmiths in particular is the fact that is well known for the arts and the university incentivises creativity, which is fundamental for me. I have met people that studied here, and they had an amazing time, both academically and personally, so for me that is a plus. The university also offers a lot of extracurricular activities, it has many clubs and societies that you can join, about many topics, so that makes you network with students with your same interests and at the and interesting things and projects can turn out.

My background is in the arts, I have worked in art galleries before, so as I said, London is a place to be if you are into arts, because all the city has to offer. I have worked also in the district art institute of Bogota, my city, and this also gave me an interesting point of view of cultural policy and arts administration. It is important to say that my BA is in anthropology, and even though I do not work in it specifically, it has given me the tools to look into contemporary art in a very different and human way.

My expectations are high, to be honest, I hope that Goldsmiths and this MA program in particular, can help me develop management tools for me to work more effectively and critically in the visual arts industry. I also expect that the University provides me with spaces that can lead me to network with people from different backgrounds, that have my same interests. When I graduate, I hope I can find a job in the visual arts industry in London, or, even better, I hope I can start and entrepreneurial project in London in the same field.

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