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MA Arts and Cultural Management

If you are a manager in a cultural organisation or want to gain the skills to move into the creative sector in the UK or overseas, this course is for you. Study policy, strategy and management in cultural organisations, helping you develop your career in the fast-growing creative economy.

Course length 12-24 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

After launching over 20 years ago to cater for students seeking the key skills to work in the cultural sector, many graduates from this course now work in high profile arts jobs all over the world.

Drawing on close working relationships with a host of partner organisations, including Museums Sheffield and the Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, this course combines a thorough grounding in cultural policy and theory with practical management skills.

With the creative economy continuing to out-perform other sectors in the UK and overseas, this course is ideal if you are
• a cultural manager seeking a further qualification
• a graduate from any area wanting to develop professional and vocational skills at postgraduate level
• working in a different sector and seeking to change your career path to cultural management.

We offer flexible September and January start dates and full-time and part-time study options. You are supported to secure voluntary work experience with a range of partner organisations including Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield Industrial Heritage Museums, Site Gallery and several festival producers.

UK and international students undertake modules covering the policy, strategy and management of cultural organisations. Key areas of study include • UK and international arts funding models • the impact of heritage and regeneration policies on regional and national identity • the benefits of arts engagement in education, health and prison settings • an investigation of how issues of diversity are played out in museums.

You have the opportunity to go on study visits to Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester, which are complemented by visiting lectures from a range of well-established sector professionals from the visual and performing arts, heritage and community arts sectors.

Our experienced staff offer guided support to our small cohort of students, many of who progress to PhD study after excelling on our research methods and dissertation modules.

Thanks to our impressive reputation among employers, our graduates have found employment with • Arts Council England • the Natural History Museum • Hampton Court Palace • Yorkshire Sculpture Park • Baltic contemporary art gallery • Manchester's Contact Theatre • Guanfu Museum of Antiquities • 798 Artzone in Beijing.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally a degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent in any discipline. Professional qualifications and relevant experience will also be taken into account. All suitable candidates will be considered and may be offered an interview. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

2018 entry requirements

Normally a degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent in any discipline. Professional qualifications and relevant experience will also be taken into account. All suitable candidates will be considered and may be offered an interview. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 months

Part time – September start – typically 24 months

Typical modules may include

Modules

Cultural policy
A brief overview of cultural policy in Britain and Europe is followed by detailed analysis of key debates in policy and practice since 1945. Main theories are explored including definitions and functions of policy and strategy, their impact and problems of implementation. You also cover the changing environment of cultural organisations due to the impact of economic recession and the digital revolution.

In addition to lectures, this module makes use of discussion groups, mini-research projects and informal study groups that meet to complete tasks set in the formal sessions.

Assessment is through a literature review on a theoretical topic and a 4000 word essay on another subject.

Management of cultural organisations
Develop an understanding of the parameters in which cultural organisations operate today. You address the • management of commercial, non-profit and charitable bodies • digital and social media marketing • fundraising and brokerage of financial partnerships • human resource management • leadership and management of change • using critical evaluation and monitoring and strategic and business planning • board and committee preparation and management.

External speakers from museums, performing arts and heritage organisations present practical examples of the concepts discussed.

Lectures are combined with discussion groups and presentations by students. The assessed task comprises a 'real life' case study of an arts organisation and a presentation of a funding bid. This involves liaising with the organisation. Recent partner organisations have included Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres, Site Gallery, Yorkshire ArtSpace and Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter Agency.

Culture and identity
Provides you with a thorough grounding in theories and practices that have shaped the history of cultural policies in the context of national identity and globalisation.

It equips you with a critical understanding of the current debates around representation that exercise cultural managers in the contemporary developed world. It provides you with the skills and knowledge to assess and evaluate the impact of these debates on cultural practice and its management in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe.

Among lecture topics, you consider the role of culture in political events, for example • the relation of religion to culture • the instrumental use of culture in social cohesion and diversity • the significance of post-colonial theory • the role of street art in gentrification • how heritage and tourism intertwine.

Your study is supported by visits to museums, heritage sites and regeneration projects, and by talks given by creative sector professionals including public art commissioners and festival managers.

Assessment is by an essay and a reflective learning log.

Assessment By assignment, oral presentation and professional report plus dissertation for MA

Employability

After launching over 20 years ago to cater for students seeking the key skills to work in the cultural sector, many graduates from this course now work in high profile arts jobs all over the world.

Drawing on close working relationships with a host of partner organisations, including Museums Sheffield and the Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, this course combines a thorough grounding in cultural policy and theory with practical management skills.

With the creative economy continuing to out-perform other sectors in the UK and overseas, this course is ideal if you are
• a cultural manager seeking a further qualification
• a graduate from any area wanting to develop professional and vocational skills at postgraduate level
• working in a different sector and seeking to change your career path to cultural management.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as • museum curating • arts centre management • Arts Council England • gallery marketing • museum education • EU policy making • community arts project management • freelance events management • public art • theatre marketing and promotion • festival organisation.

Our alumni work for organisations including • Yorkshire Sculpture Park • Baltic Mill Gallery • 798 Artzone in Beijing • Hampton Court Palace • Natural History Museum • Arts Council England • Arts Marketing Consultant, Netherlands • Ludwigsburg Castle classical music festival, Stuttgart • Guanfu Museum of Antiquities, Beijing.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course
Part-time study should be calculated pro rata.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Apply now by completing our online application form.

Full time

Apply for September 2017 (12 months)

Part time

Apply for September 2017 (24 months)

If you require an alternate version of the application form please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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