Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Arts Policy and Management

This Master's degree in arts policy and management is designed for existing arts managers who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, or for those who wish to pursue a career in arts management and who satisfy other entry criteria. It explores the requirements and benefits of strategic management, balancing theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. It focuses on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also addresses key commercial sector issues.

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 3 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. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

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 3 years' relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MA

Core modules:

Arts Administration and Management;
Arts Policy and Planning .

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies;
Room at the Top: Professional Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries .

Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning:

Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning;
Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences .

Pathway modules: Create your own:

The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions .

Pathway modules: Curating:

Creating Contemporary Exhibitions (30 CATS);
Curating as Critical Practice (30 CATS) .

Pathway modules: Performing arts:

Managing the Performing Arts (30 CATS);
Staging Music Events and Festivals .

Indicative option modules:

Arts Management and Urban Development;
Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning;
Comparative Cultural Policies;
Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences;
Creating Contemporary Exhibitions (30 CATS);
Curating as Critical Practice (30 CATS);
Digital Culture;
Managing the Arts: Business and Legal Aspects (30 CATS);
Managing the Performing Arts (30 CATS);
Marketing: Strategies and Planning;
Staging Music Events and Festivals;
The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions;
Work in a changing sector .

PgCert

Core modules:

Arts Administration and Management;
Arts Policy and Planning .

Compulsory module:

Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies .

Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning:

Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning;
Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences .

Pathway modules: Create your own:

The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions .

Pathway modules: Curating:

Creating Contemporary Exhibitions (30 CATS);
Curating as Critical Practice (30 CATS) .

Pathway modules: Performing arts:

Managing the Performing Arts (30 CATS);
Staging Music Events and Festivals .

Assessment methods

MA

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

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 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time day and evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8219