Taught course

Arts Management

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama · Arts Management

Entry requirements

Normal entry requirements include a degree in any subject. The College also considers applications from people have been working in the arts industry, usually with at least two years’ relevant experience. All applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the arts management profession. Final selection is made on the basis of an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Suitable for ambitious and resourceful individuals who wish to work in leadership and enabling roles in the arts and creative industries. RWCMD’s MA in Arts Management offers hands-on, vocational training within the unique environment of a thriving arts centre and leading conservatoire.

We encourage applications from as wide a range of backgrounds and specialisms as possible. The course provides sector-leading training for those who are new to arts management as a career option. It can also be tailored to suit people already working in the sector who wish to gain experience in leadership and management, or to accelerate career development.

Students receive expert tuition and mentoring from tutors with extensive professional experience, while building practical skills through a series of placements working alongside arts professionals within the College’s own venues and with one of our 34 external partner organisations such as National Dance Company Wales, Welsh National Opera; Wales Millennium Centre; Theatr Clwyd, and BBC Now. Students can also apply to work at the College’s professional venue (Venue 13) at the Edinburgh Fringe during the summer months or nominate their own external placement choice if desired.

All practical work is underpinned by an intensive course of lectures and tutorials covering a wide range of topics relating to current arts management practice including venue and event management, creative programming and producing; arts marketing; fundraising; ticketing and customer relationship management, and community and arts education projects, as well as management and leadership in the creative sector.

Guest lectures given by leading experts from around the UK also feature regularly, providing students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of the current political, economic and media contexts in which arts companies and organisations operate, as well as the challenges that accompany developing sector resilience.

With a relatively small number of places available each year, tutors are able to offer a very high level of individual support, and to help tailor the programme according to each student’s individual experience, interests and career aspirations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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