Taught course

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

University of Leeds · School of Performance and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in an arts or cultural organisation. We may also consider applicants without a degree if you can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience (minimum of 5 years) in an arts or cultural organisation.

You must also have successfully completed our week-long Summer School in order to progress onto this course. You can find out more about the Summer School here.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Performance and Cultural Industries admissions team.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will give you the insight, ideas and skills needed to be an effective leader in arts fundraising. You'll explore topics such as the history of philanthropy, cultural diplomacy, how to manage change, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity.

This course is led and co-ordinated by academic staff with significant industry experience, who are assisted by expert freelance tutors and senior arts consultants. Throughout, you'll reflect critically on your work-based learning and learn how to apply relevant theories to your everyday professional practice.

In order to study on this course, you must have completed our Summer School - a week of intensive study and practical activity that provides further opportunities for strategic thinking and planning. This takes place at the 4* hotel and conference centre of Weetwood Hall, a fully modernised 16th century manor house set in nine acres of woodland and gardens located just 4 miles from Leeds city centre. You can find out more about the Summer School here.

This unique course was established in 2014 as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, funded by Arts Council England. It brings together a specialised team of academics and practitioners who approach key issues of arts fundraising and leadership from a range of historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. The course also offers access to a wide range of relevant case studies, and is supported by sector-leading online resources which will help you to develop your critical thinking and analytical writing.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £1,545
International students
Total: EU £1,545 Non EU £3,875

Qualification and course duration


full time
13 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 8710