Queen Margaret University Edinburgh: MA/PgCert in Arts, Cultural & Festival Management

Closing date: Wed 31 Jul 2024: 8am

Designed to meet the professional development needs of those wishing to improve their managerial or career prospects in the arts and cultural sector. Funding available from SAAS.

This course will interest people who would like to work in a managerial role within Arts, Culture or Festival management. You can chose single modules, or the whole course, as part of your personal and professional development. They take both September and January starts and the PgCert consists of nine months of study whereas the full MA programme may be studied in one year full-time or up to seven years on a part-time basis.

The course will stimulate your understanding and develop your knowledge of contemporary issues affecting cultural management, exploring how to best create the conditions for excellent arts to flourish. It balances practice with theory to enable students to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the processes of arts management.

The course is developed in co-operation with key national cultural agencies and other bodies with a strategic interest in the development of the arts and cultural sectors and festival management across Scotland. There are strong practical links between the programme and the many arts, culture and festival organisations based in and around Edinburgh and across Scotland and the UK.

Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises, field trips and projects. The methods used vary from module to module. At the very heart of the learning process is the opportunity to undertake an industry placement of your choice. Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, presentations and a dissertation or project (MA only).

Taught (face-to-face) classes will take place on Thursday and Friday during term time. When you are not in class, you are expected to spend time on independent learning/course work, including – where applicable – placement activity. The part-time route is more flexible, requiring one day per week per semester of taught activity, and this pathway is stretched over two years.

Modules include: Sustainability and Strategy / Fundraising, Development and Finance / Contemporary Debates in Cultural Policy / Designing Qualitative Research / Leadership and Arts Management in Practice (including industry based learning) / Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects / Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects / Dissertation. Individual modules can be study stand alone as part of a CPD programme.

Some funding may be available for the course from SAAS: please contact them directly: https://www.saas.gov.uk/index.htm

For further information, please contact Aschrag@qmu.ac.uk (Alice McGrath) or visit https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate-study/2023/ma-arts-festival-and-cultural-management/

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Closing date: Wed 31 Jul 2024: 8am