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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.
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.
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.