MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice
This vocational programme is designed for those wanting to develop their career in the arts and cultural sector. Through its balance of practical and theoretical content, the programme has been designed to prepare graduates as managers and policy-makers, leaders and producers in the variety of branches of the arts, cultural and creative industries.
The programme has a strong practical, hands-on element, while also offering a solid theoretical grounding, exploring cultural policy in its historical context and encouraging critical engagement with the philosophical, political, social and economic imperatives informing contemporary practice.
You will take two core 30 credit modules:
You will also write a dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words (or for a practice-based dissertation, 10,000 - 15,000 words, plus practical project) worth 60 credits.
Your remaining 60 credits are taken from a range of 15 or 30 credit optional modules (subject to availability), including:
- Work Placement with an arts organisation in the North West (15cr or 30cr) (pdf)
- Arts, Culture and Communities (30cr) (pdf)
- Business Strategies for the Arts, including Marketing, Finance, Resource and Business Development (15cr or 30cr)
- Creative Learning (30cr) (pdf)
- Culture and Property (30cr) (pdf)
Modules may also be selected from the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies , or from elsewhere in the Faculty (again subject to availability).
All modules include a programme of guest lectures and/or practical seminars by experienced professionals based in arts institutions in and around Manchester. The programme also includes site visits and tours of a selection of arts venues.
12 months (full-time)
24 months (part-time)
You will need a First or good Upper Second class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant humanities or social science area. You should also be able to demonstrate experience and/or significant understanding of the professional issues surrounding arts management practice. Mature applicants with evidence of substantial prior professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.
If English is not your first language, you will need to send us evidence of a language test score. The following are acceptable:
- IELTS (7.0 minimum writing score*)
- Toefl (Internet-based 104 / Computer-based 250 minimum / Paper-based 600 minimum)
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English [CPE] (Grade C minimum)