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BA (Hons) Arts Management

  • UCAS
    N2V3
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    BTEC: DDM
    IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Course overview

This programme will equip you for working life in the cultural and creative industries, with a specific focus on working in and managing the arts.

These industries are an important and expanding sector in the global economy. In this programme, you will develop a powerful combination of theoretical insights and practice skills that will lead to success in this sector.

You’ll learn how to manage arts and creative organisations, from micro-businesses through to major international arts institutions. This will prepare you for a career in this fascinating area that covers a number of the creative industries: museums, galleries, theatres, dance and live music venues, and software and film companies.

The programme is taught with guest lectures from and opportunities to visit international, regional and London-based cultural organisations, so you’ll gain direct experience of professional practice, and you may benefit from a work placement as part of your studies.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Modules & structure

Overview

You’ll learn fundamental arts management skills but you’ll also choose from a wide variety of option modules covering both theory and practice from departments including MusicPolitics, and Theatre and Performance. In core modules you’ll cover key cultural policy concepts such as:

  • funding systems
  • audience development
  • cultural diplomacy
  • cultural tourism
  • copyright
  • urban planning
  • regeneration

A substantial part of the programme is taught in partnership with international, regional and London-based cultural organisations, so you’ll gain direct experience of professional practice.

You could also benefit from a work placement in, for example, an audience development, fundraising or event management context.

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. So your career decisions – whether as manager or entrepreneur – will be properly informed.

You can also tailor the degree to your unique interests.

Level 4

You will study the following modules: 

Module title Credits
  Culture and Society 30 credits
  Introduction to Arts and Cultural Theory 15 credits
  Cultural Policy: Contexts and Models 15 credits
  Events Management 30 credits

You will also have the oppurtunity to take optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Level 5

You will study the following modules:

  • The Audience in Theory and Practice
  • Contemporary Arts and Cultural Theory
  • Managing Arts Organisations and Cultural Businesses
  • Professional Practice in Arts Organisations and Cultural Businesses
  • Principles of Arts Funding

You will also study optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Level 6

You will complete a dissertation and study the compulsory module Professional Practice Project. You will also choose optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

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, relating to the 2017-18 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

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

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

If your qualifications are from another country, 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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

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.

Learning & teaching

On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.

Skills & careers

Skills

You'll develop knowledge and skills in key concepts such as:

  • funding systems
  • audience development
  • cultural diplomacy
  • cultural tourism
  • copyright
  • urban planning
  • regeneration

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

Many of our graduates go on to careers in arts management, cultural policy and the creative industries, in organisations such as Tate, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and Samsung.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student profiles

Elaine

"It has been exciting to see myself improving a lot through the learning and to be creative in studying arts management."

“My experience at Goldsmiths so far has been pretty amazing.

Firstly, being an international student, I am happy that most of my classmates are from many different counties. In my opinion, every institution has a different kind of style and vibe and I can happily say that Goldsmiths I’ve felt so far is very multinational/multicultural, vibrant, young and friendly.

Secondly, to mention the main reason I chose this course, I love arts in general and so I wanted to learn the way arts and artists communicate with people. Now I have no doubt that I made the right choice to study this course at Goldsmiths. The lectures have not only covered these things that I wanted to learn, but also given me another level of insight in terms of viewing the world connected to culture and arts. It has been exciting to see myself improving a lot through the learning and to be creative in studying arts management.

After I graduate, I’m looking to work in the music industry, but as I also have this opportunity to study about many other arts sectors in this course, I’d like to make challenges in a variety of art events.”

Isabelle

"I love this course because it is providing me with the practical knowledge needed to be successful as a potential arts manager."

"I found out about Goldsmiths through an online search. I had really wanted to do a degree in Arts Management, but in the United States they are rarely offered as Bachelors degrees, so I was immediately drawn to it. Before coming to Goldsmiths, I was at a large university in the States studying the Liberal Arts, which was valuable, but I just did not click with the university and wanted a more specific degree to work towards.

I love this course because not only is it providing me with the practical knowledge needed to be successful as a potential arts manager, but it is also teaching me about more conceptual yet fundamental ideas about culture, society, and art as well. It is a well-rounded, interdisciplinary course."

Fees & funding

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