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.
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 (where possible and subject to government guidelines) 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.
Each year students usually 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. Please note, this option is not guaranteed due to Covid-19 and students interested in undertaking a collaborative dissertation may need to modify their projects by, for instance, working with alternative partner organisations or employing online research methods. Students particularly interested in undertaking the Collaborative Dissertation Project option should contact the department to discuss the options in more detail.
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. We will expect you to undertake an additional 34 hours of self-study each week. You will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project for which we will provide supervision guidance.
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. Please note part-time is not an option for students enrolling on the programme in January 2021.
Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
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 usually 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. However, 20/21 teaching will be delivered via a combination of online lectures and online and on campus (where possible) seminars and workshops. Please check the offer holder pages for further updates.
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