Arts and Cultural Management

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

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.

Who should take this course

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.



Course content

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) or
  • 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)

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.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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