Taught course

Arts Policy and Management

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Qualifications
MAPGCert

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Entry requirements

You should have a second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in an arts subject, or 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.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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 MA Arts Policy and Management is ideal if you are an arts manager 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.

The MA gives you a chance to explore the requirements and benefits of strategic management, leadership, power relations and policy and to analyse evaluations within art production. The programme balances theory and practice within the context of the current 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 (e.g. performing, visual arts) or specific groups and stakeholders (e.g. 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.

Highlights

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.
  • We offer a one-to-one mentoring scheme, where students are paired for six months with alumnae from the MA Arts Policy and Management that have become well-established leaders in the cultural and creative industries. Mentors are based in a variety of art organisations, such as Arts Council England, Craft Council, Tender Pixel, BBC, Camden Cultural Partnership and Boundless Theatre, or have pursued a successful freelance career.
  • The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies has established a growing international reputation combining cultural studies at Birkbeck with the latest ideas and techniques across film studies, journalism, screenwriting, arts management, digital media. You are welcome to attend events at BIRMAC (Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture) as well as the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology.
  • We run the Lorraine Lim Prize, a yearly essay competition that rewards outstanding written work related to cultural flow and creative work. The best dissertation is also rewarded with a prize at the end of each academic year. The School of Arts also offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
  • Follow us on Twitter, read our news feeds on FMACS and Birkbeck Arts and explore MAPS, our practice-based resource collection.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700