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Arts Management MA

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Code
PGN2W1
Start
October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£8,800 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Zuleika Beaven

Arts Management is a complex and exciting discipline. Once mastered, it provides you with skills that can be applied to many areas of the arts and reach audiences in evermore innovative ways. Explore strategic, collaborative, and pioneering approaches with this challenging MA, which will equip you with the contemporary knowledge, research skills and business acumen you need to succeed worldwide.

Why study MA Arts Management at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex, we recognise that there are a wide range of career paths and further study options for those with an interest in Arts Management. That's why we developed our course to be flexible and interdisciplinary, with options to tailor your MA to suit your individual interests and needs, whether that's arts marketing, events, communications, entrepreneurship or further study beyond this programme.

You’ll be taught by leading practitioners and academics from our Business School and Media and Performing Arts departments, with opportunities to collaborate with students across a range of disciplines and tasks. Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning you'll develop a critical understanding of arts management in practice and the impact of research on audiences and industries worldwide

Course highlights

  • The management skills you’ll be developing will enhance your employability in a competitive industry whilst the design of the programme allows you to develop your own unique specialisms across the field
  • As part of the course, you’ll experience field trips and access to key arts organisations across London and the UK, such as Kings Place, the Roundhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Southbank Centre
  • You’ll be taught by academics who are actively engaged in industries and research, ensuring that you have access to original findings, emerging theories and contemporary debates
  • You’ll be able to enjoy our well-established evening series of performances, lectures and masterclasses from leading academics and practitioners the creative industries
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MA Arts Management?

MA Arts Management covers key subjects related to the management and structure of the arts and cultural industries, with a particular focus on the relationships between creativity and management.

There are three compulsory modules on this course and a range of additional module options covering more specialist areas of Arts Management. To complete your MA you will take a 60 credit Independent Project module, with guidance from a supervisor you will produce a research or practical project of considerable depth and complexity.

  • Core modules

    • Arts Management in Practice (30 credits) ​- Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the internal and external environments for arts management practice, including shifting global trends and the arts ecosystem. You will study organisational structures and cultures and how this impacts up arts management. This module is taught in Terms 1 and 2

    • Arts and Music Marketing and Finance (30 credits) ​- Compulsory

      This module deals with the changing ways arts organisations raise income to support activity, and it covers commercial, public and philanthropic income and how to communicate and build relationships with these different funders, investors and customers. This module is taught in Terms 1 and 2.

    • Independent Project (60 credits) ​- Compulsory ​​

      This is a double module that allows high level enquiry into your chosen area of arts management practice through traditional academic research or practice-based enquiry. This might include a practical project or placement inside an arts organisation. This module is introduced from Term 1 and formally taught in Term 3 for full-time students (Term 6 for part-time), with a deadline in early October of your final year of study.

  • Select an additional two modules

    • Creative Events Management (30 credits) ​- Optional

      This module is designed to introduce the practice and theory of arts event management to those with no prior experience. This module is taught experientially and will involve running two or more live events during the year through team work, and therefore may be most suitable for full-time students.

    • Directions in Creative Technology and Digital Media (30 credits) ​- Optional ​

      This module is highly practical involving product design and is most suitable for students with a design background. It is studied with students on the interactive media programme. It is taught intensively in Term 1.

    • Working with the Creative Industries (30 credits) ​- Optional ​

      This module is studied jointly with interactive design students and examines the nature of work in the creative industries and how to work as a freelancer. It involves developing a business plan for one of the assessments. It is taught intensively in Term 2.

    • Creative Start-ups (30 credits) ​- Optional ​​

      This module is jointly taught with the Creative Enterpreneurship programme that focuses on understanding the process of developing and starting a creative business. It will include a combination on contextual and practical study and is most suitable for students who are planning a venture in the near future (perhaps for your Independent Project).

    • Media and Creative Industries (30 credits) ​- Optional ​​

      This module is studied jointly with Media Management students and is a theoretical and contextual module that explores contemporary shifts in the wider creative industries and how this impacts upon practice in our field. It is taught intensively in Term 1.

    • Digital Marketing (15 credits) ​- Optional ​

      This module and the Strategic Marketing Communications module (below) must be studied as a 30 credit pair across Terms 1 and 2. These modules are delivered by the Business School and are studied with Marketing students, they explore aspects of marketing communications, including using emerging digital approaches.

    • Strategic Marketing Communications (15 credits) ​- Optional ​​​

      This module and the Digital Marketing module (above) must be studied as a 30 credit pair across Terms 1 and 2. These modules are delivered by the Business School and are studied with Marketing students, they explore aspects of marketing communications, including using emerging digital approaches.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MA Arts Management be taught?

As a student on our MA Arts Management you’ll be learning with our expert and diverse team through a blend of industry masterclasses and tutorials as well as the following methods:

Seminars

Interactive seminars and problem-based learning are at the heart of the approach on this MA. You will take an active learning approach in class, discussing your reading and project work with your fellow students and tutors, analysing case studies and applying theoretical approaches to real world problems

Tutorials

Specialist staff will work with you to develop your independent practice and vocational skills.

Team working

This essential skill for succeeding in a highly networked industry is embedded in most of the modules on the MA. Teams work with arts sector clients and contacts to develop professional projects, and build your professional network from the moment your begin your MA study

You will be taught by practitioners, academics, and industry professionals from a range of creative industries and departments across the University. With a growing reputation for world-leading research in media, the arts, business, law and performance, you’ll benefit from our teaching staff’s influence in the industry, with regular guest-lectures from high-profile creative business leaders and access to the very latest theories and debates on professional practices in Arts Management.

Assessment

There are no exams on the MA Arts Management. Instead assessment prepares you for work in the cultural industries, including developing research skills, report writing, delivering presentations, working in teams and completing practical projects. The Independent Project module can be completed through dissertation or through a combination of written and practical work, for example an internship or completion of a practical industry project.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA Arts Management support your career?

Our graduates are highly attractive to employers across the entire spectrum of arts and creative industries worldwide. Our graduates go onto work in such fields as management, marketing, outreach, production and fundraising. Last year our graduates took up roles running theatre outreach, doing interactive marketing and planning creative projects.

Work placements

Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market, as well as being a fantastic experience. Work placements can be built into your Independent Project Module Last year our students were offered work placements at the Courtauld Gallery, London Chamber Music Society and Brick Lane Gallery providing them with first-hand experience whilst being supported by one of our dedicated Placement Officers throughout the process.

Dr Zuleika Beaven
Programme leader

Zuleika is programme leader for the MA Arts Management and an expert in creative entrepreneurship and start-ups. She is an author on the recent Music on the Blockchain report.

Dr Alix Slater

Alix leads the module on Arts Marketing and runs a specialist arts management consultancy. Recent clients include Darlington Theatre, The Audience Agency and York Bishop’s Palace.

Julia Haferkorn
Senior Lecturer in Music Business and Arts Management

Julia is an artists’ manager and director of Third Ear. She is a producer for major events in London including the British Composers Award and the Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square.

  • Vanessa Bramfitt

    MA Arts Management graduate, 2015

    The lecturers, staff and classmates that I have encountered throughout my time spent at Middlesex were supportive and provided a vibrant learning community. The interdisciplinary approach made it great for me to learn and work with my peers and lecturers as each had very different specialisations. The course has given me the confidence to be a positive influence in the arts and I now work as a Creative Project Planner across multiple arts and media platforms for Bauer Media.

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