This innovative new 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 passioned 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.
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, study visits and project-group activities.
Whilst the MA does not include an internship, we have a dedicate member of the academic staff 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.
Each year students have the opportunity to apply for a selective-entry Collaborative Dissertation Project, 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.
If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through lectures, seminars, study visits and workshops each week during semesters one and two. We will expect you to undertake an additional 34 hours of self-study each week. In semester three, you will complete your dissertation final project, for which we will provide up to six hours supervision guidance. You will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with four to six hours of teaching through lectures, seminar, study visits and workshops each week in your first year, and two to four hours per week in your second year. We will expect you to undertake an additional 23 hours of independent study each week in your first year and 11 hours in your second. In semester three of your second year, you will complete your dissertation final project, for which we will provide up to six hours supervision guidance. You will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project.
Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, reports, individual and group presentations, proposals and reviews. Coursework contributes approximately 100%.
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus.
Our location in the heart of London offers you unparalleled access to one of the world’s most vibrant and culturally active cities in the world. There are few better places to gain practical experience in this field than London, with its huge number of galleries, museums and collections.
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