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Arts & Cultural Management MA

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Study in one of the world’s cultural capitals on a course that's been specially 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

  • 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 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 Dr Serena Iervolino

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries



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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.

Course format and assessment

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.

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Arts & Management (20 credits)
  • Cultural Management: The Experience (20 credits)
  • Research Approaches (20 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)


  • Arts-based Research Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

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

  • Collecting Cultures: Managing collections in museums and collecting organisations (20 credits)
  • Exhibitions, Identities and Politics: in Museums, Galleries and other Cultural Spaces (20 credits)
  • Cultural Policy (20 credits)
  • Visual Culture (20 credits)
  • Contextualising Creativity (20 credits)
  • Creatives: Working in the Cultural Industries (20 credits)
  • Culture and the City (20 credits)
  • Cultural Markets (20 credits)
  • The Aesthetic Economy and Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)
  • Readings of the Music Business (20 credits)
  • International Heritage (20 credits)
  • The Politics of Global Art (20 credits)
  • Entertainment Industries (20 credits)
  • Children, Media Industries and Culture (20 credits)
  • Media on the Move: Products and Power (20 credits
  • Future Memory: Creating Connected Worlds (20 credits)
  •  Gender and Sexualities in East Asian Popular Culture (20 credits)
  • Immersive Media and Extended Realities (20 credits)
  • The Entrepreneurial Opportunity - Arts and Culture (selective entry) (20 credits)
  • Museum Curating Now - Behind the Scenes at the Tate (selective entry) (20 credits)
  •  Festivals: Arts, Public Spaces and Community (20 credits)
  • Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)
  • Cultural Memory (20 credits)
  • Cultures of Technology (20 credits)
  • Conflict, Diplomacy and International Relations (20 credits)
  • The Art Museum: Past, Present, Future (selective entry) (20 credits)
  • Gaming Industries and Cultures (20 credits)
  • Digital Media Production Cultures (20 credits)

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

If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take Arts & Management and Cultural Management: The Experience in your first year, along with 40 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 one module from the list of optional modules.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

ACM Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Minimum 2:1 honours degree 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.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

An application fee of £100 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:

  • A reference from a previous or current academic tutor.

  • 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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

ACM checklist
Personal Statement Yes 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.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Writing Sample Yes Please see details below.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £24,500 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,250 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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


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 before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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, event coordinator, researcher) in a wide variety of institutional contexts and international locations. Graduates from this Department 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.


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