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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 manager. With its distinctive mix of theoretical, 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.

  • 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 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 master’s course is specifically designed to meet the needs of an 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 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.

The course works in partnership with a range of arts organisations from across the city to offer you unparalleled exposure to the practicalities of cultural management. Through our required modules, you will engage with experienced cultural managers and leading London-based arts organisations. We will support you in your search for an internship, if you want to gain work experience in the arts or creative industries and develop the skills, knowledge and motivation needed to build a career. We can also provide careers guidance through a dedicated member of staff. 

Previous students from within the Department 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, which gives you an idea of the exciting opportunities on offer.

Course format and assessment

If you’re a full-time student we will provide you with 140 hours of teaching over the course through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 1,668 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 1,128 hours of independent study.

Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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

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:

• Marketing the Arts: Theory & Practice in the Real World (20 credits)
• Inside Today’s Museum (collaboration with Tate) (20 credits)
• Cultural Policy (20 credits)
• Visual Culture (20 credits)
• Cultural Management in Small Arts & Cultural Organisations (20 credits)
• Culture & the City (20 credits)
• Music & American Culture (20 credits)
• Cultural Markets (20 credits)
• Gender, Media & Culture (20 credits)
• Fashion, Culture & Society (20 credits)
• Aesthetic Economy & Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)
• Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)
• Art & Globalisation (20 credits)
• Entertainment Industries (20 credits)
• Contextualising Creativity (20 credits)
• Towards Tomorrow’s Museum (collaboration with Tate) (20 credits)
• Readings in the Music Business (20 credits) 
• Cultural Memory (20 credits)
• Conflict, Diplomacy & International Relations (20 credits)
• Cultural & Creative Industries in China (20 credits)
• Children, Media Industries & Culture (20 credits)
• Media on the Move: Products & Power (20 credits)
• Future Memory: Creating Connected Worlds (20 credits)
• Festivals: Arts, Public Spaces & Communities (20 credits)
• Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Arts & Culture (20 credits)
• Museum Curating Now (collaboration with Tate) (20 credits)
• Digital Media Production Cultures (20 credits)

For more info visit our module pages.

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.

If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take Arts & Management (20 credits) and Cultural Management: The Experience (20 credits) in your first year, along with up to 40 credits of optional modules. In your second year, you’ll take Research Approaches (20 credits) and choose either to take Dissertation or Arts-based research Project (60 credits) plus up to 40 credits of optional modules. A total of 60 credits of optional modules are taken over the 2 years of study. 

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 £80 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

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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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 (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £5,745 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,250 per year (2019/20)

 Students starting their programme in 2019/20 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 2020/21.

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 on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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 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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