MA in Arts Management

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Arts Management

Bath Spa University

MAArts Management

Gain professional experience in arts and cultural management, and develop your understanding of cultural policy and the creative economy.

Taught by academic experts, and by experienced arts and cultural sector practitioners who help you develop professional contacts and networks.

Includes work-based experience in arts and cultural organizations.

Understand arts and cultural management in an international context.

This flexible course adapts to the ever-changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning.

We’ll give you the unique opportunity to engage with an extensive range of regional, national and international arts and cultural organizations. These cover the full range of the creative industries including dance, theatre, music, digital creativity, fine art, fashion, and heritage.

You’ll graduate as a responsive, flexible and imaginative practitioner, equally comfortable in a variety of settings, adept at working in partnership with a wide range of organizations and understand the arts and culture as a vital part of the wider economy.


Building on your own experience and background; you’ll expand your professional arts knowledge, management skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and creative leadership skills.

Delivered in close collaboration with leading arts organizations, we’ll provide you with the theoretical framework, appropriate skills, and practical experience to meet the challenges of working in your chosen field.

You’ll cover theory, critical thinking, and skills development as well as gaining practical experience. You’ll analyze debates in and about culture and the arts, and apply them to contemporary practice, structures, funding, and participation.


On the course, you combine bespoke Arts Management modules with a choice of Business and Management modules in your own particular areas of interest. These include:


  • Cultural Policy and the Creative Economy *
  • Arts and Cultural Management in Practice *
  • Marketing Communications
  • Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
  • Arts and Cultural Management Work Experience * **
  • Extended Placement Project or Dissertation in Arts and Cultural Management


  • Events and Festivals Management *
  • Project Management *
  • Marketing Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture
  • Managing People
  • Governance, Ethics and Risk Management
  • Financial & Management Accounting
  • International Business Environment
  • International Business Practice
  • International Financial Management
  • Advanced Academic and Business Skills ***

*modules subject to approval for 2017

**only taken if you choose the Dissertation. Students who choose the Extended Placement Project do not need to take this module as work experience is included in it.

***Recommended for international students whose first language is not English.

We combine academic study with professional work experience. You’ll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, work-based learning, and research projects.

Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in arts and cultural management. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the workplace.


Visiting Lecturers

As well as reflecting on the uncertainties of the moment, you’ll be introduced to people who are dealing with them for real. You’ll benefit from being taught by a range of professional arts management practitioners from across the arts and cultural sectors. They deliver lectures and workshops, mentor your on work experience and research projects, and become part of your own developing professional networks.

Gain experience in the sector

As well as work-based experience, you’ll benefit from a series of shorter encounters with arts and cultural organizations. You’ll have opportunities to assess current practice and to research the wider theoretical and academic contexts of arts and cultural management today.

Prepare for a career in arts management

Culture, the arts, and the creative industries are estimated to be worth over £81 billion to the UK economy.

Careers in arts management are varied and cover every cultural and artistic area. They include roles in:

  • Events and venue management
  • Programming events and seasons
  • Marketing
  • Audience development
  • Fundraising
  • Community engagement and social inclusion
  • Education and learning
  • Managing artists and performers


You’ll normally have a good first degree (2.1 or above) in any academic subject. You may be considered without a first degree if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience; you may be asked to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language then you’ll need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,800 / part-time: £3,400
  • International students full-time: £12,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
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- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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