MA Arts Management

MA Arts Management

Course Overview

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials with core team of experienced arts professionals
  • Guest lecturers from high-profile arts organisations across the UK
  • Classes exploring the current political, economic and media contexts in which arts organisations operate
  • Practical and applied tuition
  • Guidance in the development of skills across a range of disciplines
  • Project-based external work placement with a professional arts organisation such as Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Wales Millennium Centre or St David’s Hall


Course Structure

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered at the time of writing, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on changes and details are made available to applicants holding offers.

In order to progress through the full MA course, students normally have to pass all modules and achieve a total of 180 credits overall. Part-time study is available as well as an APEL study option for those meeting the minimum requirements.

The course is split into three distinct areas of study:

  1. Creative Sector Management & Leadership
    Modules & Topics: Arts Administration • People & Performance Management • Creative Sector Leadership • Governance • Industry Contracts • Touring • Venue Management • Operations • Ethics & CSR • International Arts Management • IOSH Certificate in Managing Safely in Theatre
  2. Skills Development
    Modules & Topics: Fundraising • Audience Development • Online and Offline Marketing & Communications • Access & Participation Projects • Equality & Diversity in the Arts • Producing • Creative Producing • Programming • Working with Orchestras and Ensembles • Opera Management
  3. Professional Work Placements
    Students undertake two professional work placements – one part time throughout the Spring term (90 hours) and one full time throughout the Summer term (180 hours). Placements provide opportunities to develop and apply skills in a mentored, professional environment. Placements can be both within the RWCMD’s arts centre venues and/or within our external partner organisations.
  • Module Information
    Module Credits
    Fundraising 10
    Audience Development & Communication 20
    Access & Participation 10
    The Cultural Sector 20
    Work Placement 20
    Professional Placement 40
    Managing Cultural Organisations 1 20
    Managing Cultural Organisations 2 20
    Managing Cultural Organisations 3 20



Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirements include a degree in any subject. The College also considers applications from people have been working in the arts industry, usually with at least two years’ relevant experience. All applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the arts management profession.

Final selection is made on the basis of an interview.


International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to gain an IELTS English language qualification. IELTS is the only English language qualification recognised by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). The IELTS test you will need to sit is the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and this test must be taken at an Approved Test Centre.

You will need to achieve an overall test score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in the reading and writing components, and no lower than 5.5 in the speaking and listening components.


Tuition Fees for Entry 2020

Course Duration UK and EU Students Students from Outside the EU
13 months full time £9,428 * £18,483 *
2 years part time £4,962 ** Course not available

* This is the full amount.

** This amount is for the first year only. The tuition fee payable in the second year is subject to an annual increase.

Further information on the funding available towards the cost of tuition fees.