Arts Management


Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Options: MA Arts Management, PG Dip Arts Management, PG Cert Arts Management
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
MA full-time (three trimesters - one calendar year). MA part-time (six trimesters). PG Dip full-time two trimesters. PG Dip part-time (four trimesters). PG Cert full-time (one trimester).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Gain professional experience in arts and cultural management, and develop your understanding of cultural policy and the creative economy.

  • Taught by academic experts, and by experienced arts and cultural sector practitioners who help you develop professional contacts and networks.
  • Includes work-based experience in arts and cultural organisations.
  • Understand arts and cultural management in an international context.

This flexible course adapts to the ever changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning.

We’ll give you the unique opportunity to engage with an extensive range of regional, national and international arts and cultural organisations. These cover the full range of the creative industries including dance, theatre, music, digital creativity, fine art, fashion and heritage.

You’ll graduate as a responsive, flexible and imaginative practitioner, equally comfortable in a variety of settings, adept at working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, and understand the arts and culture as a vital part of the wider economy.

What you'll learn


Building on your own experience and background; you’ll expand your professional arts knowledge, management skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and creative leadership skills.

Delivered in close collaboration with leading arts organisations, we’ll provide you with the theoretical framework, appropriate skills and practical experience to meet the challenges of working in your chosen field.

You’ll cover theory, critical thinking and skills development as well as gaining practical experience. You’ll analyse debates in and about culture and the arts, and apply them to contemporary practice, structures, funding and participation.


On the course you combine bespoke Arts Management modules with a choice of Business and Management modules in your own particular areas of interest. These include:


  • Arts Management in the 21st century
  • Managing Arts and Cultural Events*
  • Marketing Communications
  • Extended Placement Project or Dissertation in Arts and Cultural Management


  • Marketing Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Enterprise: a New Business Venture
  • Managing People
  • International Business Environment
  • Advanced Academic and Business Skills**

* module subject to approval for 2017

** Recommended for international students whose first language is not English

How will I be assessed?

On this course you are assessed by a variety of assessment methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:

  • Reports on work-based assignments
  • Research project reports
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective learning and work-experience journals
  • Reviews
  • Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents
  • Project progress reports
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations

How will I be taught?

We combine academic study with professional work experience. You’ll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, work-based learning, and research projects.

Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in arts and cultural management. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the workplace.


Visiting lecturers

As well as reflecting on the uncertainties of the moment, you’ll be introduced to people who are dealing with them for real. You’ll benefit from being taught by a range of professional arts management practitioners from across the arts and cultural sectors. They deliver lectures and workshops, mentor your on work experience and research projects, and become part of your own developing professional networks.

Gain experience in the sector

As well as work-based experience, you’ll benefit from a series of shorter encounters with arts and cultural organisations. You’ll have opportunities to assess current practice, and to research the wider theoretical and academic contexts of arts and cultural management today.

Prepare for a career in arts management

Culture, the arts and the creative industries are estimated to be worth over £81 billion to the UK economy.

Careers in arts management are varied and cover every cultural and artistic area. They include roles in:

  • Events and venue management
  • Programming events and seasons
  • Marketing
  • Audience  development
  • Fundraising
  • Community engagement and social inclusion
  • Education and learning
  • Managing artists and performers

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The majority of module workshops, seminars and tutorials are held at our Newton Park campus.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £6,800
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll normally have a good first degree (2.1 or above) in any academic subject. You may be considered without a first degree if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience; you may be asked to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language then you’ll need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. Please visit our English language requirements pages.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

For further information please contact Dr. Kristin G Doern: k.doern@bathspa.ac.uk

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