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Birkbeck College, University of London

Arts Policy & Management

This programme is designed for existing arts managers who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, or for those who wish to pursue a career in arts management and who satisfy other entry criteria. It explores the requirements and benefits of strategic management, balancing theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. It focuses on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also addresses key commercial sector issues. Benefit from links with arts and cultural organisations, including an optional work placement. Specialise according to your interest with a choice of specialist pathways. Flexible study pattern with a mixture of evening and daytime study options.
Duration MA/PgDip: two years part-time or one year full-time. PgCert: one year part-time only.
Level MA, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
Cost 2012/13 Tuition Fees: Arts Policy and Management MA: Part-time (home/EU students): £2975 pa. Part-time (overseas students): £5750 pa. Full-time (home/EU students): £5375 pa. Full-time (overseas students): £11,500 pa. Arts Policy and Management Postgraduate Certificate: Home/EU students: £1975 pa. Overseas students: £3825 pa. Arts Policy and Management Postgraduate Diploma: Part-time (home/EU students): £2975 pa. Part-time (overseas students): £5750 pa. Full-time (home/EU students): £3575 pa. Full-time (overseas students): £7650 pa.
This course may be taken as a full or part time MA, a postgraduate diploma, (same as the MA but without the dissertation) or a postgraduate certificate. For the postgraduate certificate: Take the core modules Arts Policy and Planning and Arts Administration and Management and one pathway module.
Any of the following: a good honours degree in an arts subject, a good honours degree in any subject together with experience of administration/management in an arts/cultural organisation, three years’ relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. On the basis of prior learning and achievement, exemption may be possible for up to 50 per cent of Year 1 elements on the MA/PgDip programmes. Please note: for applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 7.0 in each category is required.
Year 1 provides you with a general grounding in arts management, and you will take the first of two pathway modules (chosen from the following pathways: curating; performing arts; cultural heritage; education; and marketing). Year 1: all students undertake the core programme, including: Arts Policy and Planning, Arts Administration and Management. Year 2: take an option module and your second pathway module, as well as a series of research methodology workshops. You will also write a dissertation. Pathway modules: Curating pathway: Curating as Critical Practice; Creating Contemporary Exhibitions, Performing Arts pathway:Managing the Performing Arts; Staging Music Events and Festivals, Arts Marketing pathway : Marketing: Strategies and Planning; Marketing Communications 2, Cultural Heritage pathway: Cultural Heritage Management; The Art of Interpretation and Implementation in Cultural Heritage, Arts Education pathway: Arts and Education: Arts Education in Action. Option modules: Arts Management and Urban Renewal, The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions, Work Placement, Managing the Arts: Business and Legal Aspects.
Contact Information
Institution Birkbeck College, University of London
Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury London

Tel: 020 3073 8219
Department: Department of Media and Cultural Studies
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