Research course

Arts and Cultural Enterprise

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins
MA 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.

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.

Information for international students

Applicants must have an English language proficiency of IELTS 7 and a minimum score of 5.5 in all papers.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,500 per year (Part time); £1,225 per 20 credit unit (Flexible mode)
International students
£10,355 per year (Part time); £2,300 per 20 credit unit (Flexible mode)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Degrees
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