MA in Cultural Leadership

City University London - School of Arts

Program Description

MA in Cultural Leadership

City University London - School of Arts

Cultural Leadership MA - Run in collaboration with Cass Business School


The Cultural Leadership MA is designed to enhance the capacity of individuals and organisations, developing a critical understanding of the cultural sector and the role of leaders within it.

The MA seeks to strengthen self-awareness and cultivate the interpersonal skills needed to build, motivate and empower teams in order to turn vision into reality. Underlying this is a conviction that leadership must be developed at all levels within organisations.

The MA is run in collaboration with Cass Business School, whose Centre for Charity Effectiveness will teach two of the MA’s six modules. Lecturers from Cass will also teach a third module on Leading and Managing Change.

This realises the Cultural Leadership MA's ambition to provide MBA-level professional development specific to the cultural sector, combining business school teaching with guest speakers and case studies from the cultural sector and creative industries.

Course format

The MA includes a rich mix of workshops led by practitioners and sector analysts; mentoring; Action Learning Sets; research projects; on-line materials; career planning; and development of interpersonal skills.

Developed from City University London's work-based learning framework, each participant's ongoing work experience is vital to the learning process and provides the raw material for reflection and analysis. In this way each participant will have a unique learning experience suited to their own situation. Participants are expected to do approximately three hours of home-work - reading, reflecting and writing – for every hour of attendance at City.

The Cultural Leadership Programme was developed with advice from a Steering Group that includes many leading figures from the cultural sector. A new Advisory Group is currently being formed.

Target Audience

The Programme is aimed primarily at existing and emerging leaders working in dance, theatre, music, literature, the performing and visual arts, heritage, museums and galleries and film agencies, as well as in bodies associated with their development and funding.

It may also be of interest to emerging leaders from 'creative industries' although they should be aware that many of the issues and models discussed will apply mainly to organisations operating with some degree of public and private subsidy.

Existing leaders will be seeking to raise their game and emerging leaders will have experience of management and/or art-form specialisation. The common denominator will be the necessity or aspiration to take on new leadership challenges – change within their own organisations or new projects and new organisations.

Entrance requirements

Candidates will generally be:

  • managers or specialists with at least five years' experience of management within the cultural sector, managing a team or directing a small to medium arts organisation. For those already working at senior level but without previous opportunities for formal development, the Programme will validate and strengthen existing leadership skills
  • those with significant artistic or specialist expertise but less management experience
  • graduates or those with equivalent work experience
  • proficient in written and spoken English (IELTS level 7.0)

 We anticipate that most participants will be currently employed by organisations, but some may be freelancers, consultants or on career breaks. In the latter cases we would expect participants to identify an organisational sponsor, who would provide a workplace context from which the participant could draw "raw material" for reflection and analysis.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
2 years
Part time
4,000 GBP
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 4,000 GBP
per year for UK/EU participants