MA Arts Management

MA Arts Management

Course Overview

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials with a core team of experienced arts professionals
  • Guest lectures by high-profile arts professionals from across the UK
  • Sessions 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 placements with professional arts organistion such as: Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Dance Company Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Clwyd, St David’s Hall
  • Delivered through a combination of face-to-face learning supported by practical experience and digital work


Specialist Pathways

  • General Arts Management
  • Creative Producing
  • Orchestral Management



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:


Creative Sector Management & Leadership

Modules and Topics Arts Administration • People & Performance Management • Creative Sector Leadership • Governance Ethics & CSR • International Arts Management


Skills Development

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


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

    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


    Core Modules

    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



Entry Requirements

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

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 2022-2023

Course Duration Students from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man Overseas Students
13 months full time £10,002 * £19,609 *
2 years part time £5,264 ** 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.


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