Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Arts Management

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Course summary

This programme will equip you for working life in the cultural industries, with a specific focus on working in and managing the arts. Why study BA Arts Management at Goldsmiths?

  • Culture and the arts are vital to the global economy. You'll develop a powerful combination of theoretical insights and professional practice skills to help you navigate these important and expanding sectors.
  • You’ll learn how to understand arts and creative organisations, from small community endeavours through to world renowned flagship organisations. This will prepare you for a career in this fascinating subject, in settings such as museums, galleries, theatres, dance and live music venues, festivals, and cultural centres.
  • The programme includes talks from experts and visits to cultural organisations, so you’ll gain direct experience of professional practice. You may also benefit from a work placement as part of your studies in, for example, an audience development, fundraising or event management context.
  • We're based in London - a global leader in the arts and one of the most important cultural centres in the world. London is the perfect place to study this subject, giving you unrivalled access to a diverse range of arts organisations. The city will become your classroom.
  • You can tailor the degree to your unique interests, through independent work in your final year.

Course details


You’ll learn fundamental arts management skills through a balanced foundation of academic and professional practice modules with examples drawn from across artistic disciplines. In compulsory modules you’ll cover key cultural policy concepts such as: events management funding systems and fundraising audience development and audience evaluation budget and planning working in cultural organisations cultural policy Year 1 - You will study the following modules: Arts in London Introduction to Arts and Cultural Theory Fundraising in the Arts Visual Culture Principles of Arts Management Events Management Perspectives on Capital: Cultural, Social, Financial, Critical Digital Cultures, Digital Literacies Year 2 - You will study the following modules in addition to option modules: The Audience in Theory and Practice Contemporary Arts and Cultural Theory Managing Arts Organisations and Cultural Businesses Professional Practice in Arts Organisations and Cultural Businesses Cultural Policy in the Arts Year 3 (credit level 6) - You will complete a dissertation and undertake an independent Professional Practice Project. You will also choose optional modules to the value of 30 credits. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for Year 1 of the programme.

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Qualification requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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