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Arts & Cultural Management MA



Delivered from one of the world’s cultural capitals, this MA is designed to meet the complex needs of today’s arts and cultural manager. With its distinctive mix of theoretical, practical, and arts-based knowledge and skills development, you will learn how to apply creative leadership in managing artistic excellence, cultural heritage, audience diversity and financial sustainability at local and global levels.

Key benefits

  • Head start your career through focused teaching and internship.

  • Insights into management, planning and leadership.

  • Gain knowledge of arts and culture across national and international contexts.

  • Strong links with London’s cultural organisations.

  • Lectures and workshops from leading arts and cultural industry professionals.

  • Emphasis on creativity and arts-based learning.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 43 FT, 2 PT.

Course leaders Admissions Tutor: Dr Roberta Comunian

Course contact for further information

General enquiries: Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in any discipline. For those returning to study, evidence of appropriate experience will be required. A written personal statement, emphasising both qualifying background and reasons for selecting this programme, will be required. A sample of academic writing should be submitted.

Application procedure

An application fee of £50 applies (non-refundable). To apply for a place on MA Arts & Cultural Management, please complete the online application process, myApplication, making sure to provide the required supporting documents:

  • Two references from previous or current academic tutors.

  • A complete or partial transcript of your first degree results. This is obtainable from your degree-awarding institution.

  • Create a new piece of writing specifically for your application (see guidelines below).

  • A personal statement of 500 words (following the guidelines below).

If English is not your first language, and your degree was not taught and assessed entirely in English, we require relevant English language qualifications to be provided. Please note that we will still be able to consider your application even if you do not yet have an English language certificate. In this case, any offer made will be given on more the condition that you meet King’s College London's English language requirements, which will be detailed in your offer letter.

In assessing your application we will look for the following: academic capabilities: broad understanding of arts and cultural management; and interest and ability in studying arts and cultural management. Your academic interests should match the broad themes that inform MA Arts and Cultural Management teaching, i.e. arts management, cultural theory and history, cultural production and consumption, cultural governance, and arts-based research. It is ideal that your career interests correspond to the sectors on which MA Arts and Cultural Management teaching focuses including performing arts, visual cultures, museums, galleries, arts and heritage, and digital culture.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants must submit both a personal statement and a new piece of academic writing (details below). The personal statement should explain why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. The personal statement should be a maximum of 500 words, if you submit a personal statement which is longer than this it will not be accepted, and you will be required to submit a shorter version, thus delaying application assessment.

The piece of writing you should submit must address ONE of the following options, and should be 2,000 words in length:

1.            Write a reflective piece about a current issue in arts management

2.            Should governments subsidise the arts? Explain your answer using relevant examples to illustrate your points.

Your essay will demonstrate your ability to:

•             Investigate the topic/question

•             Source apposite material

•             Undertake original research

•             Construct a coherent argument.

Use appropriate evidence and source material to support your arguments, such as textbooks, journal articles, newspaper articles and internet sources. Please include AT LEAST five sources. Ensure that you cite these using the Harvard referencing system and provide a full bibliography at the end of your essay.

We will be using plagiarism software to check that your essay has not been submitted by another student or to another institution, either in whole or in part; if you are found to have plagiarised then your application will be immediately rejected. Our system will detect self-plagiarism, i.e. if you have submitted any portion of your essay to another UK institution; your essay must therefore be original and specific to this application.


Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.


Course detail


This innovative new Masters programme, delivered from within the heart of one of the world’s cultural capitals, is specifically designed to meet the needs of the arts and cultural manager. 

You will learn the vital importance of creativity, given the increasingly global nature of competition, as well as the opportunities and threats posed by new technologies. 

Hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries and working in collaboration with the Cultural Institute at King's, the MA Arts & Cultural Management programme offers an unparalleled exposure to cultural management in practice, with core modules providing critical engagement with experienced cultural managers and leading London-based arts organisations. There is also the opportunity to undertake an internship, where you will undertake work experience in the arts or creative industries, and write a self-assessment looking at the skills, knowledge and motivation needed to build a career in these industries.

Previous students from within the host Department (Culture, Media and Creative Industries) have interned at the National Theatre, Barbican Centre, British Council, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Screen Digest, The British Museum, CIDA (Cultural Industries Development Agency), MTV, Donmar Warehouse, Google and the V&A Museum.

Finally, students can choose between a dissertation on a chosen topic within the field or an arts-based research project.

Course purpose

The MA in Arts & Cultural Management is suitable for those new to the field as well as individuals with existing arts and cultural work experience. It provides a critical understanding of arts and cultural management for graduates seeking a career in arts management or for professionals wishing to enhance their existing knowledge and career prospects. 

Course format and assessment


If you’re a full-time student we will provide you with 140 hours of teaching over the programme through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 1668 hours of independent study.

If you’re a part-time student, in your first year we will provide 76 hours of teaching, and we will expect you to undertake 540 hours of independent study. In your second year, we will provide 78 hours of teaching, and we will expect you to undertake 1128 hours of independent study.


We will assess your performance entirely through coursework and a dissertation.



  • Required Modules

    •           Arts and Management (20 Credits)

    •           Cultural Management: The Experience (20 Credits)

    •           Research Approaches (20 Credits)

    You will also take one of the following:

    •           Dissertation (60 Credits)


    •           Arts-based research Project (60 Credits)

    If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take Arts and Management and Cultural Management: The Experience in your first year, along with 60 credits of optional modules. In your second year, you’ll take The Research Project: Critical Approaches and choose either to take Dissertation OR Arts-based research Project. You’ll then take two modules from the list of optional modules below.

    Optional Modules

    Choose three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a list that typically includes:

    •           Aesthetic Economy and Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)

    •           Art and Globalisation (20 credits)

    •           Creatives: Working in the Cultural Industries (20 credits)

    •           Cultural and Creative Industries in China (20 credits)

    •           Cultural Management in Small Arts and Cultural Organizations (20 credits)

    •           Cultural Markets (20 credits)

    •           Cultural Memory (20 credits)

    •           Cultural Policy (20 credits)

    •           Culture and the City (20 credits)

    •           Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy and International Relations (20 credits)

    •           Cultures of Technologies (20 credits)

    •           Digital Media Production Cultures (20 credits)

    •           Entertainment Industries (20 credits)

    •           Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Arts and Culture (20 credits)

    •           Fashion, Culture and Society (20 credits)

    •           Film and American Culture (20 credits)

    •           Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)

    •           Inside Today’s Museum (20 credits)

    •           International Heritage and Cultural Tourism (20 credits)

    •           Media, Culture and Ethnicity (20 credits)

    •           Museum Curating Now (20 credits)

    •           Music and American Culture (20 credits)

    •           Towards Tomorrow’s Museum (20 credits)

    •           Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)

    •           Visual Culture (20 credits)

    You may choose 20 credits of modules from within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the Modern Language Centre, subject to approvals.

    You may also choose from a range of modules offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy (notably the Department of Education and Professional Studies, and Department of Management), or the School of Law, subject to approvals.

    We regularly review the list of modules we offer to make sure our programmes are as relevant and innovative as possible. Therefore some modules may change, and we recommend that you check here for the most up-to-date information:


Career prospects

We expect the graduates of this new MA to move on to arts and cultural management roles in a wide variety of contexts and international locations. Graduates from this Department currently go on to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries, for example, in performing arts management, museum and gallery management, arts funding, cultural industries development, film distribution, freelance research, creative business development, arts administration, publishing, art marketing and local governance. A number of our students go on to do further academic research.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£19,650 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,825 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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