Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

N2V3

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Course overview

We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.

All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published to the programme changes page.

If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.

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

Overview

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 compulsory 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

Year 1

You study the following compulsory modules.

Year 1 Compuslory 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
  Principles of Arts Management 15 credits
  Events Management 15 credits
  Perspectives on Capital: Cultural, Social, Financial, Critical 15 credits
  Digital Cultures, Digital Literacies 15 credits

Year 2

You study the following compulsory modules and 30 credits of option modules.

Year 2 compulsory 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

Year 3

You complete a dissertation and undertake an independent Professional Practice Project. You also choose optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Teaching style

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 - 20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 18% scheduled learning, 82% 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, 13% 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.

Download the programme specification. 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.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Valerie Ee Zi Yun

What I felt was the most beneficial about the course in BA Arts Management was their holistic approach in facilitating both theoretical and practical learnings about the creative and cultural sector

When I had chosen to pursue my studies in BA Arts Management at Goldsmiths, what I wanted to gain was a better understanding of the inner workings of the art industry from an international perspective. Looking back, I believe that this degree had fulfilled those intentions.

What I felt was the most beneficial about the course in BA Arts Management was their holistic approach in facilitating both theoretical and practical learnings about the creative and cultural sector. In particular, I really enjoyed being able to explore different practices within the arts, and having the flexibility to cater to my specific areas of interests. 

Despite the gloomy outlook of graduating during a pandemic in 2020, I was offered the opportunity to work for the National Arts Council in Singapore within the department of Sector Development (Visual Arts) shortly after I completed my studies. The role deals a lot with cultural policy, grants and programme development - areas in which were covered within the BA Arts Management course and definitely made me feel more prepared for the role. 

I can confidently say that my time with the University has been worthwhile and that I am truly grateful for the inspiring friends and lecturers that I have encountered along the way.

Nuri Koh

I had many career paths to choose from when job seeking after graduation, thanks to the sheer amount of practical experience I gained in the field during my years in London. Studying at Goldsmiths proved to be a pivotal moment in my life

I work within the Cultural Exchange and Planning team at the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, a designated institute under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The BA Arts Management course features a well-balanced curriculum, focussing not just on the practical aspects but also on academic theory. I was able to learn about diverse cultural theories and experience the arts and culture field first-hand at the same time, coming to a deeper understanding of the industry. With the Goldsmiths campus situated in London, one of the most important cities in the arts and culture industry, I was able to directly experience everything that was being taught in class, whilst immersing myself in various arts and culture from all over the world. In addition, the extensive choice of optional modules — media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and sociology amongst others — enabled me to further explore into specific fields that I was also interested in. This brought greater clarity in appreciating what it means to manage arts and related organisations. Amidst the many opportunities for students studying in London, I organised numerous exhibitions, managed a contemporary dance team and participated in several cultural festivals.

I had many career paths to choose from when job seeking after graduation, thanks to the sheer amount of practical experience I gained in the field during my years in London. Studying at Goldsmiths proved to be a pivotal moment in my life and has brought great opportunities that I would not have otherwise had.

Leticia Lukács

BA Arts management lectures taught me transferable skills; with the help of my lecturers, I gained more experience in the industry which eventually led me to full time role

I found a handful of Arts Management courses around the UK but the more I learnt about Goldsmiths, the more I liked it. I spoke to previous students who had nothing but positive things to say about the university and I fell in love with the area, but the one thing that really sold me on attending Goldsmiths was the way the course was structured, giving students the freedom to pick a wide range of optional modules and customise their degree to their interest. 

Shortly after starting my studies at Goldsmiths in 2017, I found an internship advertised exclusively to Goldsmiths students at the Albany in Deptford. I immediately applied and managed to secure the role. Finding entry level work opportunities can be difficult but the Goldsmiths Careers website is a great help for students looking for the perfect job. Lectures, such as Events Management, Fundraising in the Arts or Managing Arts Organisation and Cultural Businesses taught me transferable skills and with the help of my lecturers, I gained more experience in the industry which eventually led me to full time role as a Bookings Assistant in the Business Development team at the Albany, where I work on venue hire generating income for the charity.

Goldsmiths played a large role in my ability to recognise the intersections of certain roles within organisations and encouraged me to think critically about them to challenge old practices and bring in sustainable change.

Occupation: Bookings Assistant, The Albany

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Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
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

International qualifications

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

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17050

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

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

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

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

Skills

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.

Careers

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

Student work