Taught course

Arts Management

Lancaster University · Contemporary Arts - LICA

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a creative arts, social science or management background

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Learn and explore management concepts in relation to the arts and culture sector
  • Find out how arts organisations and artists make meaningful connections with the communities around them
  • Engage with arts and cultural organisations via visiting speakers, workshops, and external projects
  • Join our vibrant and diverse community of creative professionals and within Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • Develop your interests and decide which direction to take your career with support from our arts and culture experts, and specialist careers team

Those who take up management roles in arts organisations are able to influence the future of those organisations and the impact they have on the communities they serve. What skills and knowledge do you need to meet the challenges of the role? How will you add your voice? And, most importantly, what will your legacy be?

Making your mark

Every student on this course has a different story to tell. You’ll meet people who have already worked in the sector and want to specialise in curation. Other students come from a management background but have always had an interest in the arts. Whoever you are, you’ll fit in and we’ll help you find your path.

The course is all about the intersection of theory and practice. You will learn about theories that affect various aspects of arts management - such as arts marketing, cultural policy, leadership and strategy – and how you can use those theories to improve practice. You’ll explore a very wide range of topics, from cultural networks and policy to arts participation and leadership.

By the end of the course you'll be ready to make a difference through your knowledge, skills and passion.

How to connect

As well as exploring the issues facing the sector, you’ll look at how arts organisations can make meaningful connections with the communities around them. Perhaps your interests lie in the role of arts organisations in education, or in relation to promoting equality and diversity? Maybe you are passionate about the environment and how arts organisations react to the global climate crisis?

You'll benefit from our close connections to creative industries in the North West, such as Lancaster Arts, and we often invite professionals such as practitioners and industry experts to meet our students.

To apply everything you’ve learnt, you’ll carry out a research project on an issue relating to the sector or a particular organisation. You might look at environmental factors such as sustainability in the sector, exploring digital strategy in the arts or examining Covid-19 recovery.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44(0)1524 510899