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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
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.
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.
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.
Further information to follow.
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.
Further information to follow.
This module is concerned with both entrepreneurship and the creative economy. You will think critically about the challenges and opportunities facing new ventures in the sector, both in terms of specific business models and the broader socio-economic context.
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.
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
Specialist staff will work with you to develop your independent practice and vocational skills.
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
We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, and have resumed the majority of our teaching on campus.
We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.
Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.
The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.
This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.
Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22
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Self-paced learning time
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On demand resources
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Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.
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You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
Dr Beaven joined Middlesex University Music Department in 2014, bringing more than two decades of experience in the creative industries. Previously, she was a senior lecturer in Arts Management at the Arts University Bournemouth, teaching on the MA in Cultural Management at the University of Winchester and was a researcher in the Cultural Management Applied Research Group at the University of Greenwich. Her arts management experience ranges across a variety of art forms and both larger organisations such as the music venue Blackheath Halls and over many years as a freelancer working on events and projects with the Museum of London, Barbican, Common Ground and BBC Radio 4. Drawing on her research focus of work in the music business, Dr Beaven's PhD was a longitudinal study of musician start-ups. She also has an interest in the effects of technology on the industry and is carrying out a Research Council-funded case study of a Kickstarter-supported album recording and release.
Jo Daykin is an Events and Entertainment Producer and Manager. She began her professional life as a primary school teacher and advisor before becoming a teacher educator.
She moved to the BBC as an Education Officer then became a Producer/Director in Radio and TV, being known in particular for her specialism in radio for young people. She moved into BBC Live Events working around the country on many exciting broadcast events.
Since leaving the BBC Jo has produced or managed many shows, in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, on open air stages in iconic London spaces, and even football fan parks in Ghana and Nigeria. She occasionally works editorially on short films and also produces in the world of corporate events at international conferences.
Louise is an experienced Youth Arts and Cultural Education Programme Producer, and regular visiting lecturer on the MA Arts Management.
She has developed, delivered and managed a variety of creative learning and participatory arts projects for various theatres, music venues, heritage sites and museums across the country. Louise’s professional experience includes working the Roundhouse in Camden, The Point Eastleigh, and Hampshire Museums Trust. She is currently the Programmer for Learning and Engagement at Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery. Louise is particularly passionate about creating accessible creative and cultural opportunities for everyone.
Dr Fribbins is a composer whose music is performed, broadcast and recorded internationally. He studied with the German composer Hans Werner Henze and at the Royal Academy London, Royal Holloway and Nottingham universities. He has produced more than thirty concert works for a range of ensembles and orchestras, much of it widely performed and recorded, and principally published by Music Haven. He also directs a weekly series of concerts at Kings Place, London.
Zhihui Huang, China
MA Arts Management graduate, 2020
The postgraduate study experience in Middlesex University is undoubtedly the most meaningful one year of my life. The lecturers come from different disciplines and are very professional in the fields of art and media.
Since graduating from the MA Arts Management, I am now working at The Poly Theatre in Beijing and often think about my study experience in MDX: talking with the Notting Hill Carnival director, visiting the Barbican Art Centre and participating in the production of the British Classical Music Conference. Everything I experienced at MDX has been very beneficial.
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.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: January 2022
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time