With its vocational focus, our arts management training equips you with the skills and experience needed for a career in the creative sector. Employability is at the heart of the programme and we work with more than thirty partner organisations, as well our own unique arts centre and conservatoire environment, to offer high quality, mentored work-based learning opportunities. As well as being suitable for recent graduates, the course is also suitable for mid-career professionals wishing to upskill or move into leadership roles – via our part-time attendance and APEL (Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning) options
Why study Arts Management at the RWCMD?
- With a focus on gaining industry experience, the course boosts amazing graduate employability. Since 2013, the programme has sustained 100% progression into industry roles across all arts management disciplines. Read about one of our graduates, Toks Dada, Head of Classical Music at the Southbank Centre.
- Course delivery is in partnership with industry, so you are are able to develop networks and ensure skills are relevant and current
- A music and drama conservatoire setting whilst studying means you are exposed to a mix of arts and disciplines
- Project-based, external work placements with professional arts organistions such as: Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Dance Company Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Clwyd, St David’s Hall to name a few.
- The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face learning supported by practical experience and digital work
- Lectures, seminars and tutorials with a core team of experienced arts professionals including guest lectures from high profile arts professionals.
- A small supportive teaching environment, we are passionate about providing dedicated teaching to help make the most of your time here.
- Three different pathways offering you the opportunity to focus on an area of specialism.
- General Arts Management
- Creative Producing
- Orchestral Management
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:
Creative Sector Management & Leadership
|Modules and Topics||Arts Administration • People & Performance Management • Creative Sector Leadership • Governance Ethics & CSR • International Arts Management|
Students choose one specialism:
|Specialism||General Arts Management||Creative Producing||Orchestral Management|
|Modules and Topics||Fundraising • Audience Development • Online & Offline Communications • Access & Participation Projects • Equality & Diversity in the Arts||Venue Producing • Independent Creative Producing • Programming • Marketing • Fundraising||Artistic Programming & Planning • Working with Orchestras & Ensembles • Marketing • Fundraising • Opera Management|
All students study the following:
Industry Contracts • Touring and Logistics • Venue & Company Management • Operations
Please note that, while the information 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.
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.
Creative Producing Pathway
Module Credits Creative Producing 40
Orchestral Management Pathway
Module Credits Orchestral Management 40
General Arts Management Pathway
Module Credits Fundraising 10 Audience Development & Communications 20 Access & Participation 10
Module Credits The Cultural Sector – Core Skills 20 Work Placement 20 Professional Placement 40 Managing Cultural Organisations 1 20 Managing Cultural Organisations 2 20 Managing Cultural Organisations 3 20
Normal entry requirements include a degree in any subject. The College also considers applications from people who 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 whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that their English language ability meets the College’s minimum requirements. Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.
Tuition Fees for 2023-2024
|Course Duration||Students from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man||Overseas Students|
|13 months full time||£10,600 *||£20,790 *|
|2 years part time||£5,580 **||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.