The Master’s degree in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London gives you a chance to explore the requirements and benefits of strategic management, power relations and policy and to practise evaluations within art production. The programme balances theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. We invite you to develop and expand your key critical thinking skills in smaller discursive seminar groups focusing on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also address key commercial sector issues.
Making the most of our central London location, you can take advantage of one of the largest concentrations of art spaces, cultural organisations and festivals, with the British Museum, Wellcome Gallery, Bloomsbury Festival and West End theatres, and a wealth of other museums and galleries within walking distance. For those who want to deepen their sector experience, we offer a placement module that encourages students to work on their own research interests within an arts organisation. Past students have had valuable experiences in organisations ranging from the Greater London Authority to the Hackney Museum, and from the Big Dance Project to the Wallace Collection.
You start with a core module that introduces overarching topics such as cultural identity, creative labour and management structures, cultural diversity and leadership, cultural evaluation and big data applications in arts management. You then specialise through your own tailored pathway, selecting two modules, that combine knowledge and experience related to art subfields (eg performing, visual arts) or specific groups and stakeholders for example artists, audiences, pro-sumer or cultural organisations via a chosen contextual approach such as power, identity, memory, digitalisation or learning. With a further option module choice you can complement your degree with, for example, legal knowledge, marketing and comparative cultural policies to fit your interests. You finish your degree with a piece of individual research (dissertation) of your choice in consultation with a supervisor.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, education and museums/galleries. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or arts administrator. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker or multimedia specialist.
Jobs gained by some of our Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA graduates include:
- Tour Producer, Sadlers' Wells
- Development Manager, Almeida Theatre
- Head of Marketing, Talawa Theatre Company
- Administration, Artsadmin
- Senior Creative Producer, Studio 3 Arts
- Community Projects Manager, London Symphony Orchestra
- Engagement and Communications Manager, National Opera Studio
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- Understanding Arts Policy and Management
- Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
- Arts Management, Sustainability and Urban Development
- Arts Policy and Management Work Placement
- Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning
- Comparative Cultural Policies
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesVisual Arts Management, Organisation & Leadership Public Policy View 312 other Masters in Public Policy in United Kingdom
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- You should have a second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in an arts subject, or in any subject together with experience of administration/management in an arts/cultural organisation, or three years’ relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation.
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International16020 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16020 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8820 GBP per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.