Master of Business Administration (Arts Management) (Taught) London Metropolitan University


Why study this course?

The MBA Arts Management offers you the opportunity to develop your expertise as a business manager and leader in the arts. Studying with both The Cass and the Guildhall School of Business and Law, you will benefit from the unique collaboration of an established business school and a multidisciplinary arts community.

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The MBA (Arts Management) provides the opportunity for you to develop your understanding of key business functions whilst also developing your role as a leader in the arts. The course is located jointly at the Guildhall School of Business and Law and The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. This unique collaboration offers you the opportunity to learn alongside business leaders from other sectors, while being immersed in the Cass’ multidisciplinary arts and design community, with its strong emphasis on practice, live projects and social engagement.

Embedded within the MBA programme are the principles of ethics, responsibility, inclusion, diversity and business sustainability. The Arts Management pathway extends these core principles to interrogate the roles and responsibilities of the future arts organisation. The MBA Arts Management will help you to foster the skills and critical insight to imagine new directions and create new communities for the arts. Within our vibrant community of creative practitioners, you'll be encouraged to explore the management of the arts as a creative practice in itself.

The course offers you the opportunity to consider structures of governance within arts organisations. It practically addresses issues of funding and development and provokes topical questions regarding the organisation’s relationship to artists, performers, makers and educators.

Research skills training will equip you to lead strategic research into the performance of organisations, the nature of audiences and theories and strategies of engagement. Studying at The Cass, you'll benefit from proximity to creative and participatory research methodologies undertaken across subject areas. The Cass is widely recognised for its engagement with communities and there is a strong emphasis in our work on socially engaged architecture, art and design applied to both local and global contexts. The course will enable you to draw on this thinking and practice to enable your own career and the organisations and communities with whom you work.

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  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    1 year

Course details


Modules include:

Understanding Audiences (pathway module)
Governance, Policy and Funding (pathway module)
Accounting and Finance for Managers (core)
Leadership and Strategic Management (core)
People and organisations: principles and practices in global contexts (core)
Marketing, Marketing Communications, and Operations (core)
Management, Learning and Research (core)
Business Research Project (core)

Assessment method

You will be assessed through individual and group presentations, essays, case studies, reports, research proposals and a final project in the form of a research report.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline. In addition to this you will need at least two years' postgraduate experience in a managerial role within the arts. Evidence of this will need to be confirmed by two letters of reference.

A full university application form will need to be submitted which includes a detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to- date CV and copies of award certificates.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. English language 6.5 average.

Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8,345 Year 1
International £12,515 Year 1
England £8,345 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,345 Year 1
Scotland £8,345 Year 1
Wales £8,345 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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