MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise

Apply now for entry in January 2017.

Any questions? Please email the Course Leader Charlotte Bonham-Carter, c.bonhamcarter@csm.arts.ac.uk.

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise acknowledges the need for multi-skilled individuals who can both generate the ideas for original arts and cultural events, and provide leadership for the teams that realise them. The course is aimed at graduates with some work experience who wish to challenge themselves by developing innovative approaches to arts management and cultural production.

Two study routes are available, a two year part-time option, and a Flexible Learning option which is a unit-by-unit approach that allows candidates up to five years to complete. Both routes are low-residency and combine online learning and intensive face-to-face sessions.

This course is part of the: Culture & Enterprise Programme

Scholarships, Awards and Funding available:

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International
Jane Rapley Scholarships

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

A lecture by Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Course Leader, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise (26 mins)

Reasons to Apply

  • Alongside critical and creative thinking, you'll acquire business skills which are highly attractive to potential employers. You'll learn how to manage creativity, but also how to bring creativity to management.
  • You don't need to live in London, or give up work or care duties to enrol on the course. MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise is a low-residency degree which you can take part-time over two years, or in a flexible mode with registration up to five years.
  • You are encouraged to apply your learning to your own, individual, professional contexts and can choose to pursue a practice-based final project. During intensive teaching weekends in London, you will draw on our location in the heart of London to attend arts and cultural events, and meet professionals working in the arts.
  • Your tutors are professionally active in the field of arts management. University of the Arts London is in the top 30 in in the UK’s latest higher education audit, and a top five-research university in its broader peer group.
  • The course is aimed at individuals with some work experience who are looking to take their careers to the next level, or move into the arts and cultural management sectors from a related field. As you collaborate with your peers, you will expand your professional and intellectual network of colleagues working in the arts and cultural sectors.
  • Your study of innovation in cultural production is matched by the pioneering pedagogical model adopted by the course. MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise  has two cohorts: one in London and one in Hong Kong. This helps you to expand your collegiate network and ensures the worldwide reputation and relevance of your degree.

Facts

Course Leader

Charlotte Bonham-Carter

Course Location

King's Cross, London. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 7023

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModePart time
Course LengthOption 1: Part-time study - 90 weeks over 2 years
Option 2: Flexible learning option - a unit by unit approach that allows candidates up to 5 years to complete.
Both options are low-residency and combine short intensive face-to-face sessions in each unit with regular online learning.
Home/EU Fee

Option 1:

  • Tuition fees for course that starts in January 2017 are £4,125 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.
  • £500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG DIP/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.
  • You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Option 2: 

  • £1,035 per 20 credit unit and £3,105 for the 60 credit unit.
  • The 60 credit unit, Dissertation or Live Personal Project, can only be taken after the successful completion of all other units, totalling 120 credits.
  • Please note that unit fees will be adjusted to reflect any changes in the annual tuition fee applicable to the year of study.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

International Fee

Option 1:

  • Tuition fees for course that starts in January 2017 are £8,615 per year.
  • £500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.
  • You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Option 2: 

  • £2,160 per 20 credit unit; £6,480 per 60 credit unit.
  • The 60 credit unit, Dissertation or Live Personal Project, can only be taken after the successful completion of all other units, totalling 120 credits.
  • Please note that unit fees will be adjusted to reflect any changes in the annual tuition fee applicable to the year of study.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Start DateJanuary 2017 | Please note that teaching will regularly take place over long weekends, in evenings and outside of UAL term dates, including during standard student Easter and Summer breaks.
Application Route

Direct application

Content and structure

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise acknowledges that we are living in a fast-changing, globalised world, which presents a great number of opportunities and challenges for cultural innovation. This Masters programme takes these changing conditions as a starting point to engage you in developing new knowledge and skills in the fields of arts management and cultural production.

The course has been developed specifically in response to an increasing need for multi-skilled individuals who can both generate the ideas for original arts and cultural events, and provide leadership for the teams that realise them. These individuals will be dynamic, responsive, fluent in public and private sectors, and have the ability to collaborate and develop networks. The course addresses a contemporary shift within the cultural economy towards experiences and events, and away from the artefact. It is a response to multiple new forms of artistic and creative practice, which demand new, hybrid forms of cultural management and organisation.

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise begins with a definition of enterprise as engaging with projects that are new, challenging and complex. It aims to enable you to gain a unique skill and knowledge set to become an active creator in arts management and cultural production, whether as entrepreneurs, or within larger existing cultural organisations, anywhere in the world.

The course is aimed at graduates with some work experience who wish to challenge themselves by gaining a critical understanding of our world today, in order to develop innovative approaches to arts management and cultural production. Focusing on the core capabilities of CSM, and its central role in the future of arts, design and other creative industries, it will offer you insights into aspects of cultural policy and governance, an introduction to business skills and processes, and strategic planning, which will equip you to shape creative futures. It will encourage radical thinking, based on creative research, analysis, and a deep understanding of the value of the cultural economy to the wider economic, political and social environment in which it is located.

Modes of learning

Option One: 90 weeks over two years

This means that to achieve the Masters qualification your learning is timetabled across 90 weeks over two full calendar years. To achieve the PG Cert takes 30 weeks’ study, over a nine-month period, and for the PG Dip, it takes 60 weeks’ study, over an 18-month period. Both PG Cert and PG Dip are offered as an exit award only.

Option Two: Up to five years    


In this mode, individual units can be undertaken over a maximum five-year registration period. Unit one is compulsory and must be taken as the initial unit. Units two to six can be taken in any order thereafter. Unit seven can be undertaken only when units one to six have been passed.

In either mode, the MA award is based solely on the achievement in unit seven.

Structure

The course has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking employment or care responsibilities. The course operates a blended-learning delivery model, combining face-to-face and online teaching.

Face-to-face teaching

Whilst completing units one-six, candidates will be expected to attend in person for three days (Friday afternoon – Sunday evening) approximately every 10 weeks (once per unit). During unit seven (the dissertation or live project), candidates will need to attend in person twice over an eight-month period.

The intensive face-to-face teaching takes place at CSM’s King’s Cross campus, London, which is a contemporary hub for the cultural industries. Lectures will be supported by guest speakers from the cultural sector, and experts in the field of arts management and cultural production. The weekends will also include visits to important cultural venues and events. 

Online distance learning

The advanced virtual learning environment offers candidates the opportunity to engage with tutor-led live seminars, discussion groups and webinars. Candidates are also expected to engage frequently in self-directed peer communication. The latter can help strengthen the strong networking opportunities afforded by the programme.

Course Units

The course starts with Unit 1: Researching Arts and Cultural Enterprise, in which you are introduced to key concepts of cultural production as well as the research, writing, analysis and evaluation skills essential for postgraduate study. You begin to work together as a group, learning to negotiate, agree ground rules, communicate and share ideas and, importantly, learn how to approach and resolve difficulty and conflict.

Unit 2: Practice, Policy and Markets engages you in the macro analysis of the realm of cultural and artistic production and dissemination. It enables you to develop an understanding of cultural production in both the commercial and the public realms.

Unit 3: Contexts – Local and Global Challenges looks at the impact of contemporary values and discourses on the future. It interrogates globalisation as a challenge as well as an opportunity, and facilitates an understanding of enterprise in uncertain contexts.

Unit 4: Arts Entrepreneurship explores the ways in which creativity, innovation, problem solving and entrepreneurship intersect. It employs real-world examples to enable you to think about business model innovation, new markets, new experiences and services, new ways of communication and new organisational models.

Unit 5: Business Models and Finance is the core business unit of the course. It introduces you to the basics of general business processes and developing strategies around short and longer-term challenges. Teaching includes theoretical approaches, and case-study-based learning.

Unit 6: Focus: Social Impact and Innovation engages with the overarching principles of social responsibility, ethical behaviours, social innovation and theories of socially-engaged practices, and challenges you to form an understanding of how cultural events and activities can support engagement with innovation and innovative practices.

Unit 7: Dissertation or live personal project is the final, Masters-specific 60-credit unit, which enables you to reflect critically on theories and critical skills encountered previously in the course, while proposing new approaches to cultural production, in a self-directed dissertation or major personal project. The dissertation is an individual academic study, based on models and theories discussed throughout the course; the live project puts strategies of cultural production into practice. This unit culminates in you working together to organise an online exhibition of your work.

Staff

Careers

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise aims to prepare graduates for the next step in their careers, whether that be a management position or a role within a leading team in the field of arts and cultural production. The entrepreneurial spirit of the course might also encourage some graduates to set up their own company or creative practice, or to work as a consultant. 

Other areas of employment that this course might lead to include cultural institutions such as museums, theatre companies, cultural and live events companies and orchestras, broadcasters and publishers. Governance, policy and communication positions are also within the remit of the course. Overall, the course prepares graduates for careers where culture, economy and policy come together. 

Specific roles a graduate might fulfil include: festival director; event manager; cultural sector entrepreneur; senior manager within an arts institution or organisation; cultural policy adviser within government; arts and community engagement adviser within a corporate enterprise; consultant to creative sector venture capital funds and angel investors (investors from the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors). 

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit the Student Jobs And Careers section.

Entry requirements

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise applicants must have an Honours Degree (or evidence of equivalent experience) and a minimum of two years’ work experience in the arts, design, performance or creative business management and administration sectors. The course will not recruit those progressing directly from undergraduate degrees. 

Relevant disciplines and professional fields include: 

  • Fine Art (or other forms of creative practice, such as performance)
  • Design
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Curating
  • Culture, Communication or Media Studies 

We anticipate that the course will also appeal to candidates with business management and administration backgrounds whose careers have led to direct engagement with creative processes and events or who wish to move into the cultural and creative sectors.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in all papers, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website.
 
 

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Immigration and Visas page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. 

What we look for 

The course is explicitly aimed at those who want to plan, fund and realise cultural events and processes, rather than further developing their own individual practice. The course is also aimed at professionals wanting to get a greater understanding of the frameworks governing the cultural sectors as well as foster their business management skills. Applicants may come from a wide variety of subject backgrounds, but must have experience of working in the arts, design, performance or creative business management and administration sectors. 

Student selection criteria

As prospective entrepreneurs and creative strategists, applicants will need to demonstrate: 

  • that they are comfortable with taking risks;
  • they can learn from failure;
  • they are inclusive and understand the need to embrace diversity.

Applicants should: 

  • have the ability to think in abstract terms about planning, management, and resources;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • be numerate, and display some experience and understanding of logistics and strategic thinking;
  • be team players and builders, not competitive individualists;
  • demonstrate a collaborative mind-set and an ability to negotiate roles within multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams;
  • have a basic level of computer literacy (much of the course is delivered online; you will be given guidance on the virtual learning environment, but you will need to have the computer skills necessary to participate in online learning). Applicants will need to be able to access/have:
    -  a recent computer with an up‐to‐date operating system and web browser (smartphones and tablets can also be used, but are subject to some restrictions during the live classes);
    -  a reliable, fast broadband connection (slow internet connection can affect the learner experience, especially during a live session in a virtual classroom);
    -  a microphone (e.g. integrated to a laptop);
    -  a webcam (e.g. integrated to a laptop);
    -  headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended). 

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London.

Application Advice 

Selection for interview will be through the submission of a Personal Statement (300 words) and a Study Proposal (800 words).

Personal Statement (300 words): 

Please address the following: 

  • why do you wish to study on this course?
  • what are you doing at the moment (professionally or personally)?
  • how do you see MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise impacting upon your career/personal development?
  • bearing in mind the importance of collaboration and peer-to-peer learning in this course, what skills, experiences or personal attributes would you contribute to the MA group? 

Study Proposal (800 words): 

  • Describe your research interests and 1) a topic within arts and cultural enterprise which you would like to investigate at postgraduate level or 2) a new approach to cultural production, which you would like to put into practice
  • Explain how the course would assist you in approaching your research and/or applying strategies of cultural production in your practice 

If you need further advice on entry requirements, please contact the Course Leader, Charlotte Bonham-Carter.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide. 

Required information for all postgraduate course applications: 

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form: 

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two, at least one should be an academic or professional reference) 

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form. 

Please note, the course team will not be able to consider your application until you have submitted the extra required elements. 

Extra information required for applications to this course: 

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process: 

Personal statement 

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. Please write no more than 300 words. Your statement should address the following:

  • why do you wish to study on this course?
  • what are you doing at the moment (professionally or personally)?
  • how do you see MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise impacting upon your career/personal development?
  • bearing in mind the importance of collaboration and peer-to-peer learning in this course, what skills, experiences or personal attributes would you contribute to the MA group? 

Study proposal 

The Study Proposal is an opportunity for you to show us where your interests lie and how you might apply course content. The Study Proposal is not a definitive study plan, and we fully anticipate that your ideas will change over the course of the MA, as you are involved in learning. However, we do expect that you have will have some initial ideas, coming into the course, of what interests you, and how the course will help you to pursue these interests. Please write no more than 800 words. In the Study Proposal, you should choose one of the two routes below, and answer some or all of the corresponding prompts.

Route 1:  Describe your research interests and a topic within arts and cultural enterprise that you would like to investigate at postgraduate level

  • What has drawn you to this topic?
  • Why is it interesting?
  • What do you already know about this topic, and what hypotheses would you like to explore?
  • How might you undertake research on this topic?
  • How will the course assist you in approaching this research? 

Route 2:  Describe your research interests and a new, or different approach to cultural production, which you would like to put into practice

  • What would you like to do?
    What existing models of production would you draw upon, and where would you depart from them?
    Is there a market for your endeavour? What does it look like?
  • Which production stages have you thought through (fundraising, identifying partners, market research, etc.?)
  • How will the course assist you developing your idea?

Start your application now:

Application Deadline: Applications can be submitted throughout the academic year. Places are limited, however, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible. We cannot guarantee that your application will be considered after the 1 December 2016.

Deferred entry:

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry. 

Apply now for the part-time study mode of this course (please note that these courses are not available to applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study) 

Apply now for the flexible learning study mode of this course 

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Please note, the course team will not be able to consider your application until you have submitted the extra required elements.

What happens next? 

We read and consider all application forms and personal references. Please note we give particular attention to your personal statement, study proposal and references. 

Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and consideration of your application form, preliminary selection is based on your personal statement, study proposal and references. You may then be invited to attend an interview. For candidates applying for external funding, interviews will be scheduled prior to funding body deadlines. 

Can’t attend the interview? 

If you’re a home/EU or international applicant unable to attend for interview, the MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise Course Leader would hope to discuss your application by telephone or email.


In the case of applicants unable to attend for interview and unable to discuss their application by telephone or email, a decision regarding the offer of a place on the course will be made on the basis of a review of the application materials. We keep notes about decisions made following the initial application review and the interview process.

 

Selection is by the Course Leader and offers of places are made on the basis of our selection criteria. Applicants are informed of the decision via either the Student Administration or the International Office. 

Open days

Open days are a great opportunity to meet staff and students and to find out first hand about courses, teaching and student life. Visit the open day section for dates to book your session. Bookings can only be made online, not by phone or email.

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value.  

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

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