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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.
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.
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 Melissa Nisbett 020 7848 7562, Dr Nick Wilson and 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
General enquiries: Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
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Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries
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.
An application fee of £40 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.
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.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
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.
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.
Arts & Management (examines the relationship between art and management)
Cultural Management: The Experience (with sessions delivered by leading arts and cultural practitioners)
Research Project: Critical Approaches (investigates what constitutes research in and through the arts, and how to conduct research)
Dissertation or Arts-based Research Project
Here is an indicative sample of optional modules that were available in 2015. Please note that these are subject to change for 2016 entry and will be updated in due course.
7AAICC08 Ontologies of Digital Media
7AAICC09 Inside Today's Museum: Tate Modern (selective entry)
7AAICC12 Visual Culture
7AAICC19 Culture and the City
7AAICC21 Music and American Culture
7AAICC23 Youth Subcultures
7AAICC28 Digital Industries and Internet Culture
7AAICC29 Fashion, Culture and Society
7AAICC34 The Aesthetic Economy and Aesthetic Markets
7AAICC36 Transnational Screen Production
7AAICC39 The Social Life of Big Data
7AAICC40 Cultural Memory
7AAICC48 Transmedia Storytelling
7AAICC10 Cultural Policy
7AAICC25 Towards Tomorrow's Museum: Tate Modern (selective entry)
7AAICC35 Social Media: Protest and Political Campaigning
7AAICC38 Readings in the Music Business
7AAICC45 Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy and International Relations
7AAIAM05 Museum Curating Now: Behind the Scenes at the Tate: Tate Modern (selective entry*)
Module descriptions are available on our department website:
We are constantly reviewing our modules, and this list may be amended. Not all modules will run in every year of the programme.
Graduates of this new MA are expected to move on to arts and cultural management roles in a wide variety of contexts and international locations. Graduates from the host department (Culture, Media and Creative Industries) currently go on to take up 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.
"The programme engages with the academic and theoretical debates whilst retaining an element of ‘hands-on’ practice. The network of alumni working in the arts and cultural sector, and the connections King's has with cultural leaders is incredible and has been drawn upon during this MA."
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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£18,750 p.a. (2016/17)*
£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*
£9,375 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.
The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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