Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Arts Policy and Management

Arts management plays a vital role in designing, shaping and supporting the arts, helping to ensure that access, freedom and equality are achieved across all aspects of the cultural sector. Our flexible Master's degree in arts policy and management is ideal if you are an arts manager already, and wish to develop your practice and deepen your understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management. Alternatively, if you are contemplating a career in arts policy and management and aim to understand current trends and debates that inform the day-to-day running of arts organisations, it provides a comprehensive overview of the sector. Our MA gives you a chance to explore the requirements and benefits of strategic management, power relations and policy and to practise evaluations within art production. The programme balances theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. We invite you to develop and expand your key critical thinking skills in smaller discursive seminar groups focusing on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also address key commercial sector issues. Making the most of our central London location, you can take advantage of one of the largest concentrations of art spaces, cultural organisations and festivals, with the British Museum, Wellcome Gallery, Bloomsbury Festival and West End theatres, and a wealth of other museums and galleries within walking distance. For those who want to deepen their sector experience, we offer a placement module that encourages students to work on their own research interests within an arts organisation. Past students have had valuable experiences in organisations ranging from the Greater London Authority to the Hackney Museum, and from the Big Dance Project to the Wallace Collection. You start with a core module that introduces overarching topics such as cultural identity, creative labour and management structures, cultural diversity and leadership, cultural evaluation and big data applications in arts management. You then specialise through your own tailored pathway, selecting two modules, that combine knowledge and experience related to art subfields (eg performing, visual arts) or specific groups and stakeholders for example artists, audiences, pro-sumer or cultural organisations via a chosen contextual approach such as power, identity, memory, digitalisation or learning. With a further option module choice you can complement your degree with, for example, legal knowledge, marketing and comparative cultural policies to fit your interests. You finish your degree with a piece of individual research (dissertation) of your choice in consultation with a supervisor.

Entry requirements

MA: You should have a good honours degree in an arts subject, or a good honours degree in any subject together with experience of administration/management in an arts/cultural organisation, or three years' relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. On the basis of prior learning and achievement, exemption may be possible for up to 50% of Year 1 elements of the MA. Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: You should have a good honours degree in an arts subject, or a good honours degree in any subject together with experience of administration/management in an arts/cultural organisation, or three years' relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

MA: Coursework: a combination of written work-related assignments, presentations, special projects and a research dissertation/independent study. Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Coursework: a combination of written work-related assignments, presentations and special projects.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738219