Research course

Arts and Cultural Enterprise

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins
MAppSci by research

Entry requirements

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise applicants must have an Honours Degree (or evidence of equivalent experience) and a minimum of two years’ work experience in the arts, design, performance or creative business management and administration sectors. The course will not recruit those progressing directly from undergraduate degrees. Relevant disciplines and professional fields include: Fine Art (or other forms of creative practice, such as performance) Design Humanities Social Sciences Politics Economics Curating Culture, Communication or Media Studies We anticipate that the course will also appeal to candidates with business management and administration backgrounds whose careers have led to direct engagement with creative processes and events or who wish to move into the cultural and creative sectors. English Language Requirements All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in all papers, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website.
 Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Immigration and Visas page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. What we look for The course is explicitly aimed at those who want to plan, fund and realise cultural events and processes, rather than further developing their own individual practice. The course is also aimed at professionals wanting to get a greater understanding of the frameworks governing the cultural sectors as well as foster their business management skills. Applicants may come from a wide variety of subject backgrounds, but must have experience of working in the arts, design, performance or creative business management and administration sectors. Student selection criteria As prospective entrepreneurs and creative strategists, applicants will need to demonstrate: that they are comfortable with taking risks; they can learn from failure; they are inclusive and understand the need to embrace diversity. Applicants should: have the ability to think in abstract terms about planning, management, and resources; have excellent communication skills; be numerate, and display some experience and understanding of logistics and strategic thinking; be team players and builders, not competitive individualists; demonstrate a collaborative mind-set and an ability to negotiate roles within multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams; have a basic level of computer literacy (much of the course is delivered online; you will be given guidance on the virtual learning environment, but you will need to have the computer skills necessary to participate in online learning). Applicants will need to be able to access/have: - a recent computer with an up‐to‐date operating system and web browser (smartphones and tablets can also be used, but are subject to some restrictions during the live classes); - a reliable, fast broadband connection (slow internet connection can affect the learner experience, especially during a live session in a virtual classroom); - a microphone (e.g. integrated to a laptop); - a webcam (e.g. integrated to a laptop); - headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended). The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London. Application Advice Selection for interview will be through the submission of a Personal Statement (300 words) and a Study Proposal (800 words). Personal Statement (300 words): Please address the following: why do you wish to study on this course? what are you doing at the moment (professionally or personally)? how do you see MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise impacting upon your career/personal development? bearing in mind the importance of collaboration and peer-to-peer learning in this course, what skills, experiences or personal attributes would you contribute to the MA group? Study Proposal (800 words): Describe your research interests and 1) a topic within arts and cultural enterprise which you would like to investigate at postgraduate level or 2) a new approach to cultural production, which you would like to put into practice Explain how the course would assist you in approaching your research and/or applying strategies of cultural production in your practice

Months of entry


Course content

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise acknowledges that we are living in a fast-changing, globalised world, which presents a great number of opportunities and challenges for cultural innovation. This Masters programme takes these changing conditions as a starting point to engage you in developing new knowledge and skills in the fields of arts management and cultural production.

The course has been developed specifically in response to an increasing need for multi-skilled individuals who can both generate the ideas for original arts and cultural events, and provide leadership for the teams that realise them. These individuals will be dynamic, responsive, fluent in public and private sectors, and have the ability to collaborate and develop networks. The course addresses a contemporary shift within the cultural economy towards experiences and events, and away from the artefact. It is a response to multiple new forms of artistic and creative practice, which demand new, hybrid forms of cultural management and organisation.

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise begins with a definition of enterprise as engaging with projects that are new, challenging and complex. It aims to enable you to gain a unique skill and knowledge set to become an active creator in arts management and cultural production, whether as entrepreneurs, or within larger existing cultural organisations, anywhere in the world.

The course is aimed at graduates with some work experience who wish to challenge themselves by gaining a critical understanding of our world today, in order to develop innovative approaches to arts management and cultural production. Focusing on the core capabilities of CSM, and its central role in the future of arts, design and other creative industries, it will offer you insights into aspects of cultural policy and governance, an introduction to business skills and processes, and strategic planning, which will equip you to shape creative futures. It will encourage radical thinking, based on creative research, analysis, and a deep understanding of the value of the cultural economy to the wider economic, political and social environment in which it is located.

Modes of learning

Option One: 90 weeks over two years

This means that to achieve the Masters qualification your learning is timetabled across 90 weeks over two full calendar years. To achieve the PG Cert takes 30 weeks’ study, over a nine-month period, and for the PG Dip, it takes 60 weeks’ study, over an 18-month period. Both PG Cert and PG Dip are offered as an exit award only.

Option Two: Up to five years 

In this mode, individual units can be undertaken over a maximum five-year registration period. Unit one is compulsory and must be taken as the initial unit. Units two to six can be taken in any order thereafter. Unit seven can be undertaken only when units one to six have been passed.

In either mode, the MA award is based solely on the achievement in unit seven.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration

MAppSci by research

full time
15-36 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Research Degrees
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