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MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise

College
CSM
Start date
January 2019
Course length
2 years part time (90 weeks)

Course summary

Places available 2018/19
This course has places available for January 2019 entry. View the 'How to apply' section on this page for more details.

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 and Enterprise Programme.

Great 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.

Got a question?

Email Andy Marsh, Co-Course Leader

Open days

Thursday 13 September, 6:30pm
Thursday 11 October, 6:30pm
Thursday 15 November, 6:30pm
Thursday 29 November, 6:30pm

Scholarships, awards and funding

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

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.

Gallery

Course open day (YouTube)

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

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Course details

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options. Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.


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 one: 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 two: 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 three: 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 four: 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 five: 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 six: 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 seven: 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.

Industry collaborations and projects

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.

Staff

Charlotte  Bonham-Carter

Charlotte Bonham-Carter

Programme Director

Andrew  Marsh

Andrew Marsh

Course Leader, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Curator in Practice, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation.

Stephanie  Dieckvoss

Stephanie Dieckvoss

Associate Lecturer, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation.

Paul  Sturrock

Paul Sturrock

MA Innovation Management, Associate Lecturer

Tutor: David Griffiths

How to apply

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of September at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents and a digital portfolio.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

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

This is your opportunity to show us where your interests lie and how you might apply course content. It 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. Your study proposal should address ONE of the areas below:

Area 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?

OR

Area 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?

Do complete all the required information and/or upload the necessary documents, otherwise we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

We read and consider all applications.  Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and consideration of supporting documentation, you then may then be invited participate in an interview, either in person or by telephone / skype.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of September at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents and a digital portfolio.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

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

This is your opportunity to show us where your interests lie and how you might apply course content. It 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. Your study proposal should address ONE of the areas below:

Area 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?

OR

Area 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?

Do complete all the required information and/or upload the necessary documents, otherwise we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration history check (for International applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

We read and consider all applications. Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and consideration of supporting documentation, you then may then be invited participate in an interview, either in person or by telephone/Skype.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.


Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

The course will only recruit post-experience candidates who have graduate-level qualifications 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 from end-on students (i.e. those progressing directly from undergraduate degrees);

Applicants are likely to come from disciplines such as fine art or design, the humanities, social sciences, politics or economics, or other areas of creative practice such as performance. 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 you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

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.

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 mindset and an ability to negotiate roles within multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams
  • have a basic level of computer literacy and access to computing equipment as follows: 
    • use a web browser to search the web
    • send an email with an attachment
    • use Skype in a video call
    • post a reply in a discussion forum
    • have some experience use text editing software such as Microsoft Word
    • save an image from an external device (e.g. smartphone, scanner, digital camera) into a computer.

Note: It would be an advantage to have working knowledge of some Adobe CS software.

Although applicants will be expected to learn and use some aspects of Web 2.0 such as blogging and use social media, the course is not designed to teach students how to use a computer.

Computer equipment requirements:

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).

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Option 1 - Part time study

  • Tuition fees for course that starts in January 2019 are £4,750 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 - Flexible learning option

  • £1,170 per 20 credit unit and £3,510 for 60 credits
  • 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.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our register your interest form.

International fee

Option 1 - Part time study

  • Tuition fees for course that starts in January 2019 are £9,675 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 - Flexible learning option

  • £2,420 per 20 credit unit; £7,260 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.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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Careers and alumni

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).

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