Taught course

Arts Administration and Cultural Policy

Goldsmiths, University of London · Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject area.

Music pathway available.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers you the chance to engage with the key issues in the formulation of arts and cultural policy and the administration of the arts, in particular those relating to the performing arts. You develop an awareness of and a critical approach to the discipline, by studying arts policy and practice in Europe, arts education, regeneration through arts, arts diversity and social inclusion, and the role of the arts in national and cultural identity. There are modules in audience development, fundraising, business planning for the arts and management practice and skills.There are modules in:

  • Cultural Policy and Practice
  • Management and Professional Practice 1: Work placement
  • Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts
  • An option module in a complimentary area

Practitioners from many companies, venues and national organisations teach on the programme, providing a direct link with the profession.

Through individual research and placement with an arts company or management organisation you will develop essential practical skills to enhance your potential and your employability as an arts administrator.

It's also possible to follow a ‘Music Pathway’ in this programme, which allows you to broaden your musical knowledge and skills through largely theory and/or history-based modules.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (8000 words)
Business Plan/Report/VIVA30

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300