Students come from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds - from fashion to film and all other sectors of the creative industries. This Masters is ideal for those who have an undergraduate degree and a passion for the arts, or those with previous experience working within the cultural sector and eclectic areas of interest they want to pursue. From digital crowdfunding to policies for the creative city, and from social media and the democratisation of opera to the motivations of young fashion enrepreneurs or museum branding, students are able to investigate their own subject and develop their individual professional path on the programme. This programme is all about customising your learning so you can become a competent professional ready to start, continue or change your career. On completion of the course you will be able to evaluate and integrate the theories and practices of culture, policy and management. The student experience runs through everything we do, from the structure of the course itself to our discussions and tutorials. The curriculum was developed with support from an advisory group that includes senior figures from Arts Council England, the Barbican, Shakespeare's Globe and the V&A. This means your learning is attuned to the latest insights from the sector.
The MA is structured around a spine of four core modules taking place in the autumn and spring terms – culture, cultural policy, managing organisations and Introduction to research. The MA culminates in a 13,000 - 15,000 word dissertation (running through the spring and summer terms), which students complete by the end of August. Core Modules
- Culture (15 credits)
- Managing organisations (15 credits)
- Cultural policy (15 credits)
- Introduction to research (15 credits)
- Audiences and Marketing (15 credits)
- Public Culture: diversity, equality and activism in the cultural sector (15 credits)
- Fundraising for the Cultural Sector (15 credits)
- Digital Cultures (15 credits)
- Professional Placement (15 credits)
- Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Cultural Industries (15 credits)
- Creative Cities (15 credits)
- Mediating Gender and Sexuality (15 credits)
- Communication, Culture and Development (30 credits)
- Celebrity (15 credits)
- Development and Communication Policy (15 credits)
- International Organisations in Global Politics (15 credits)
You will be able to apply your essay questions and academic work to the real world. The cultural policy module allows you to prepare a policy brief for a public institution of your choice. You advise on a specific policy, law or programme related to art and culture. We offer considerable study independence and flexibility throughout the course, so you should develop strong ideas about how you intend to investigate your subject and navigate your professional direction.
You will need, as a minimum: - a lower second class honours degree or equivalent - an understanding of your country's cultural and creative sector and some relevant experience - this could be as an intern or volunteer. Other suitable qualifications We understand that many of you will have work experience or professional practice. Special consideration is given to applications from mature students without the required formal qualifications and those wishing to make a career change. This course requires the equivalent of an IELTS academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 7.0 in the writing subtest.
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