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

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 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.

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 - 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.

Download the latest 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.

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

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

What our students say

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."