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 is still open for applications from students looking to study in September 2020.  If you have any questions about applying, please contact course-info@gold.ac.uk.

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

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
  Principles of Arts Management 15 credits
  Events Management 15 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 - 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.

What our students say

Isabelle Newton

I have no doubt that the BA Arts Management course played a large role in my ability to find a job so quickly after graduation

I work for Royal Museums Greenwich, which operates four sites (the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queens House, and Cutty Sark) that are part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. My department is responsible for all the bookings that come through, from education programmes to special exhibitions, as well as dealing with all the general enquiries that are sent to the organisation.

I have no doubt that the BA Arts Management course played a large role in my ability to find a job so quickly after graduation. The balance between practical and theoretical modules in the course provided a well-rounded learning experience, and I have already put the skills and knowledge gathered from my time at Goldsmiths to use. I particularly enjoyed the professional practice modules, where students could gain useful work experience while being supported by the university. I also appreciated being able to select some of my own modules, allowing me to have the freedom to integrate some of my personal interests with the course.

I believe this course prepares you well for a career in the arts, but what I value most is that it does not limit you to any particular one. I appreciate having a skill set that can be adaptable to a number of professions in the field.

Linda Savini

The course gave me the tools to apply an understanding of cultural issues and a creative approach to entrepreneurial practice.  

As a melting pot of cultures and creativity, London is the best city to pursue an Arts Management degree. This city offers mind-blowing opportunities at every corner and connects people from the most diverse life backgrounds that help to foster your creativity, enriching your own life experience.

I am thankful to Goldsmiths for making me cross paths with some inspiring individuals among the teaching staff as well as the students. I met amazing people here!

The BA Arts Management interdisciplinary approach allowed me to explore the variety of creative industries, to better direct my interests and consider the aspects in which I am now building my career. The course gave me the tools to apply an understanding of cultural issues and a creative approach to entrepreneurial practice.

My determination to pursue a career in the arts was reinforced by the professional practice opportunities in the programme. The placement directly led me to a better-than-hoped-for starting point, with an internship at Moon Festival 2019, a London-based arts and culture festival, which I am truly thrilled to be involved with! As a result of the multidisciplinary programme at the Festival, I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to start applying the skills acquired through my degree.

Kristoffer Aarhus Hudson

BA Arts Management allows you to apply both the practical & theoretical work you have gained, and use the knowledge in a practical way.

Prior to Goldsmiths, I grew up in cultural environment with parents working full time within the Norwegian cultural sector. I actively admire the creative and cultural scene taking place in Europe and have always valued culture, and creative work and knew that I wanted to work in the creative and cultural sector.

BA in Arts Management at Goldsmiths allowed me to gain a deeper understating of the ins and out of the creative and cultural sector, not only in the UK but also Europe.

The BA covers both practical and theoretical work, and allows you to apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained, and use it in a practical way, something you very rarely come across with a University degree.

BA in Arts Management explores subjects such as Audience Development, Events Management, Marketing & PR, Cultural Policy, Social Media, and many more subjects. The variation in subjects allowed me to complete a work experience, and understand the tasks across the different departments that make a company whole.

Even before graduating, and in part due to the encouragement I received from both friends and lecturers at Goldsmiths, I have been offered a job, in my chosen sector, at Brand Events. I am curating and organising features for both ‘CarFest’ & ‘The London Classic Car Show’. The job involves both creative thinking, and organising of the features that we put on.

At first glance, having to make the commitment to go to University might seem very scary, but it will change your life. The harder you work during the week, the more rewarding the time is with your class mates on a Friday night.

I don’t regret a single choice I made, and I will always cherish the three years I had at Goldsmiths.

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 2020/21 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • EU - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £16390

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 Tier 4 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