IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time
This programme will equip you for working life in the arts and cultural industries, with a specific focus on working in and managing the arts.
Why study BA Arts Management at Goldsmiths?
- Culture and the arts are vital to the global economy. You'll develop a powerful combination of theoretical insights and professional practice skills to help you navigate these important and expanding sectors.
- You’ll learn how to understand arts and creative organisations, from small community endeavours through to world renowned flagship organisations. This will prepare you for a career in this fascinating subject, in settings such as museums, galleries, theatres, dance and live music venues, festivals, and cultural centres.
- The programme includes talks from experts and visits to cultural organisations, so you’ll gain direct experience of professional practice. You may also benefit from a work placement as part of your studies in, for example, an audience development, fundraising or event management context.
- We're based in London - a global leader in the arts and one of the most important cultural centres in the world. London is the perfect place to study this subject, giving you unrivalled access to a diverse range of arts organisations. The city will become your classroom.
- You can tailor the degree to your unique interests, through independent work in your final year.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship
What you'll study
You’ll learn fundamental arts management skills through a balanced foundation of academic and professional practice modules with examples drawn from across artistic disciplines.
In core modules you’ll cover key cultural policy concepts such as:
- events management
- funding systems and fundraising
- audience development and audience evaluation
- budget and planning
- working in cultural organisations
- cultural policy
You’ll also choose from a variety of optional modules covering the cultural studies of arts, music, media and theatre. Optional modules are offered by a range of departments including ICCE, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Music, and Theatre and Performance.
Year 1 (credit level 4)
You study the following modules:
|Year 1 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Arts in London||15 credits|
|Introduction to Arts and Cultural Theory||15 credits|
|Fundraising in the Arts||15 credits|
|Visual Culture||15 credits|
|Events Management||30 credits|
You will also have the opportunity to take optional modules to the value of 30 credits.
Year 2 (credit level 5)
You study the following modules:
|Year 2 modules||Module title||Credits|
|The Audience in Theory and Practice||30 credits|
|Contemporary Arts and Cultural Theory||15 credits|
|Managing Arts Organisations and Cultural Businesses||15 credits|
|Professional Practice in Arts Organisations and Cultural Businesses||15 credits|
|Cultural Policy in the Arts||15 credits|
You also study optional modules to the value of 30 credits.
Year 3 (credit level 6)
You complete a dissertation and undertake an independent Professional Practice Project. You also choose optional modules to the value of 30 credits.
This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. This includes visits to London and regional cultural organisations.
You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, producing essays or project work, and attending exhibitions, performances and events.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
- Year 2 - 12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning
- Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 68% coursework, 30% written exam, 2% practical
- Year 2 - 88% coursework, 12% practical
- Year 3 - 100% coursework
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
We also 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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fees & funding
You'll develop knowledge and skills in key concepts such as:
- Events Management
- Funding Systems and Fundraising
- Audience Development and Audience Evaluation
- Budget and Planning
- Working in Cultural Organisations
- Cultural Policy
With the wide range of skills you’ll develop, you’ll graduate understanding not only the practice within your chosen field, but also how it relates to the theory you’ve learned.
Our students are currently working at diverse organisations such as Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum, and London Short Film Festival, and many more.
Careers in arts management including fundraising, press and communications, arts education, events management, business planning, and producing roles in all areas of the arts.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.