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Arts & Cultural Management MA

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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 managers and professionals. With its distinctive mix of theoretical, and arts-based knowledge and skills development, you will learn how to apply creative leadership and ethical principles in managing artistic excellence, cultural heritage, audience diversity and financial sustainability, at local and global levels.

Key benefits

  • Departments of Culture, Media & Creative Industries & Digital Humanities – jointly ranked in top 10 in UK (REF 2021). 100% of the departments’ research impact and research environment were rated as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
  • Head start your career through focused teaching.
  • 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 delivered by, and in partnership with, leading arts and cultural industry professionals.
  • Emphasis on creativity and arts-based learning.

This innovative master’s course is specifically designed to meet the needs of arts and cultural professionals and managers in different kinds of arts and cultural organisations. You will engage with theoretical and practical debates surrounding different aspects of arts and cultural management, including audiences, access, finance, cultural policy, cultural production, cultural value, and so forth. You will learn the vital importance of creativity, given the increasingly global nature of competition, as well as the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies. Our Arts & Cultural Management MA is suitable for you, whether you are new to the field or if you already have relevant professional experience. You will be passionate about culture and arts and interested in working in any of the following cultural organisations, including museums, art galleries, festivals, theatres, performance arts venues and cultural policy bodies.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The course works in partnership with a range of arts organisations from across the city to bridge the gap between theory and practice and offer you unparalleled exposure to the practicalities of cultural management. Through our required modules (particularly the module ‘Cultural Management: the Experience’) and some of our optional modules, you will engage with experienced cultural professionals and managers working in leading London-based arts organisations during talks and project-group activities. Please note that if study visits are not possible due to Covid-19 there will be alternative activities, for instance, online tours, behind-the-scenes webinars, etc.

Whilst the MA does not include an internship, we usually have a dedicate member of the academic staff (although this is not guaranteed due to Covid-19) who assists students interested in acquiring practical experience through sharing information about competitive internship opportunities offered by our cultural partners or other organisations across London. In parallel to the programme, previous students from within the Department have succeeded in independently securing internships at a wide variety of arts and cultural institutions, including 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, which gives you an idea of the exciting opportunities on offer.

As part of the Research Approaches and Dissertation module, students have the opportunity to apply for a selective-entry Collaborative Dissertation with a Cultural Partner pathway, organised with external arts, media and heritage organisations. The collaborative dissertation project enables students to work with a cultural partner on a live research brief that informs their final MA dissertations. Previous dissertation partners include Battersea Arts Centre, Black Live Theatre, Arts Council England, Dash Arts, King’s Cultural Institute, Live Cinema, Glyndebourne, Mahogany Opera Group, Lambeth Archives, OnRoad Media, Royal Society, Arts Cabinet, Iconem, and Greater London Authority.

Teaching

This is a one-year full-time course (two years part-time) that comprises of modules totalling 180 credits. Your compulsory modules provide a foundation for the master’s and the diverse optional modules on offer will appeal to a wide range of subjects as well as giving you the opportunity to discover new areas of study. Alongside taught lectures, seminars and workshops in semesters one and two you will be expected to undertake additional hours of self-study each week. In semester three, you will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project, for which we will provide supervision guidance.

Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, presentations, group work, portfolio of evidence, creative projects, reports, dissertation and creative and collaborative research projects. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    You are also required to take the:

    Dissertation (60 Credits)

    Choosing from the following pathways: i) Standard Dissertation Pathway ii) Collaborative Dissertation with Cultural Partner Pathway iii) Creative Research Project Pathway

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    We expect the graduates of this new MA to move on to arts and cultural managerial and other roles (e.g. producer, audience development, marketing officer, communications specialist, event coordinator, researcher, exhibition coordinator and policy officer) in a wide variety of institutional contexts and international locations.

    Graduates from this programme have thus far gone on to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries, for example, in museums and galleries, arts funding, performing arts management, freelance research, creative business development, arts administration, publishing, art marketing and local governance. Several of our students go on to do further academic research.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

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

    Deposit

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    The British Council Creative Economy Scholarship

    The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) at King’s is delighted to announce the British Council Creative Economy Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support one exceptional full-time student from India wishing to pursue the MA in Arts and Cultural Management (ACM) at CMCI, King’s. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees (£25,800) for the one-year duration of the ACM MA programme. You can find out more information here and how to apply. 

    Additional Funding Opportunities

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    This innovative master’s course is specifically designed to meet the needs of arts and cultural professionals and managers in different kinds of arts and cultural organisations. You will engage with theoretical and practical debates surrounding different aspects of arts and cultural management, including audiences, access, finance, cultural policy, cultural production, cultural value, and so forth. You will learn the vital importance of creativity, given the increasingly global nature of competition, as well as the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies. Our Arts & Cultural Management MA is suitable for you, whether you are new to the field or if you already have relevant professional experience. You will be passionate about culture and arts and interested in working in any of the following cultural organisations, including museums, art galleries, festivals, theatres, performance arts venues and cultural policy bodies.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    The course works in partnership with a range of arts organisations from across the city to bridge the gap between theory and practice and offer you unparalleled exposure to the practicalities of cultural management. Through our required modules (particularly the module ‘Cultural Management: the Experience’) and some of our optional modules, you will engage with experienced cultural professionals and managers working in leading London-based arts organisations during talks and project-group activities. Please note that if study visits are not possible due to Covid-19 there will be alternative activities, for instance, online tours, behind-the-scenes webinars, etc.

    Whilst the MA does not include an internship, we usually have a dedicate member of the academic staff (although this is not guaranteed due to Covid-19) who assists students interested in acquiring practical experience through sharing information about competitive internship opportunities offered by our cultural partners or other organisations across London. In parallel to the programme, previous students from within the Department have succeeded in independently securing internships at a wide variety of arts and cultural institutions, including 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, which gives you an idea of the exciting opportunities on offer.

    As part of the Research Approaches and Dissertation module, students have the opportunity to apply for a selective-entry Collaborative Dissertation with a Cultural Partner pathway, organised with external arts, media and heritage organisations. The collaborative dissertation project enables students to work with a cultural partner on a live research brief that informs their final MA dissertations. Previous dissertation partners include Battersea Arts Centre, Black Live Theatre, Arts Council England, Dash Arts, King’s Cultural Institute, Live Cinema, Glyndebourne, Mahogany Opera Group, Lambeth Archives, OnRoad Media, Royal Society, Arts Cabinet, Iconem, and Greater London Authority.

    Teaching

    This is a one-year full-time course (two years part-time) that comprises of modules totalling 180 credits. Your compulsory modules provide a foundation for the master’s and the diverse optional modules on offer will appeal to a wide range of subjects as well as giving you the opportunity to discover new areas of study. Alongside taught lectures, seminars and workshops in semesters one and two you will be expected to undertake additional hours of self-study each week. In semester three, you will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project, for which we will provide supervision guidance.

    Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, presentations, group work, portfolio of evidence, creative projects, reports, dissertation and creative and collaborative research projects. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      You are also required to take the:

      Dissertation (60 Credits)

      Choosing from the following pathways: i) Standard Dissertation Pathway ii) Collaborative Dissertation with Cultural Partner Pathway iii) Creative Research Project Pathway

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      We expect the graduates of this new MA to move on to arts and cultural managerial and other roles (e.g. producer, audience development, marketing officer, communications specialist, event coordinator, researcher, exhibition coordinator and policy officer) in a wide variety of institutional contexts and international locations.

      Graduates from this programme have thus far gone on to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries, for example, in museums and galleries, arts funding, performing arts management, freelance research, creative business development, arts administration, publishing, art marketing and local governance. Several of our students go on to do further academic research.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

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

      Deposit

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      The British Council Creative Economy Scholarship

      The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) at King’s is delighted to announce the British Council Creative Economy Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support one exceptional full-time student from India wishing to pursue the MA in Arts and Cultural Management (ACM) at CMCI, King’s. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees (£25,800) for the one-year duration of the ACM MA programme. You can find out more information here and how to apply. 

      Additional Funding Opportunities

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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