Academic & Education: MA in Arts, Cultural and Festival Management


Queen Margaret University Edinburgh

Designed to meet the professional development needs of those wishing to improve their managerial or career prospects in the arts and cultural sector. Funded places available from SAAS.

This course will interest people who would like to work in a managerial role within Arts, Culture or Festival management. You can chose single modules, or the whole course, as part of your personal and professional development.

The course will stimulate your understanding and develop your knowledge of contemporary issues affecting cultural management, exploring how to best create the conditions for excellent arts to flourish. It balances practice with theory to enable students to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the processes of arts management.

The course is developed in co-operation with key national cultural agencies and other bodies with a strategic interest in the development of the arts and cultural sectors and festival management across Scotland and there are strong practical links between the programme and the many arts, culture and festival organisations based in and around Edinburgh and across Scotland and the UK.

Teaching, learning and assessment:

Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises, field trips and projects. The methods used vary from module to module. At the very heart of the learning process is the opportunity to undertake an industry placement of your choice. Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, presentations and a dissertation or project (MA only).

For the full MA, you can choose to study full-time or part-time, and if you are studying full-time, formal classes will usually take place on Thurs. and Fri. during term time (TBC). When you are not in class, you are expected to spend time on independent learning/course work, including – where applicable – placement activity. The part-time route is more flexible, requiring 1 day per week per semester of taught activity, and this pathway is stretched over 2 years.

Modules – (Individual modules can be study stand alone as part of a CPD programme)

Fundraising, Development and Finance / Contemporary Debates in Cultural Policy / Designing Qualitative Research / Leadership, Governance and Strategy / Arts Management in Practice (including placements) / Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects / Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects / Dissertation

Some funding may be available for the course from SAAS: please contact them directly:

Location: Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh City, Glasgow City, West Lothian

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The deadline is Saturday 01 August 2020 at 13:00.

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