Arts Administration and Cultural Policy: Music Pathway at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

This programme builds on London's position as one of the most important musical centres in the world, with a diverse range of concert halls, theatres, cultural institutions and arts events that reflect its cosmopolitan and multicultural society.

  • Although professional management practice is a major element of the programme, the 'creative arts event' is the starting point for all teaching.
  • A music pathway has been added to the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, which is run by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths.
  • Instead of specialist theatre modules you take one 30 credit module from the MA Music programme, and your dissertation/placement/business-plan will be directed towards musical organisations.
  • The MA introduces the key issues that concern the management of culture and in particular those within the performing arts.
  • Through both analysis of contemporary and recent practice, and practical work in a range of areas, you will develop a critical approach to the discipline.
The pathway provides an overview of the following areas:
  • arts funding structures in the UK (with reference to European and Scandinavian countries and others globally)
  • marketing for the arts
  • audience development
  • sponsorship
  • education programmes within the arts
  • programming
  • culture and tourism
  • cultural policy (including the role of the arts in national and cultural identity) and principles and structures of management
The aim of taught modules, projects and placements is to introduce you to new models of practice. These will be investigated and evaluated as a way of developing an understanding of management principles. Through this process, you will also be equipped with the necessary practical skills to enhance your potential as arts administrators.


Modules within ICCE Cultural Policy and Practice 30 credits Introduction to Audience Development n/a Introduction to Fundraising n/a Seminar Series & Guest Speakers n/a Management and Professional Practice 1: Work Placement 30 credits Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts Organisations 30 credits MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy: Dissertation 60 credits Music Pathway option modules It is advisable that you have studied a degree in Music, and covered some music theory prior to studying these modules. Most ICCE students take the Music Management module listed below. The modules currently available include: Contemporary Ethnomusicology 30 credits Advanced Music Studies 30 credits Sound Agendas 30 credits Sources and Resources in the Digital Age 30 credits Music Management 30 credits New Directions in Popular Music Research 30 credits Popular Music and its Critics 30 credits Philosophies of Music 30 credits There are many ways of doing this degree part-time. We recommend having a conversation with the programme convenor about how to proceed, and to determine time commitments. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a subject concerned with arts and culture or another relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths. If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme.

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Arts Administration and Cultural Policy: Music Pathway at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS