Arts Management

  • Award: MA, PG Dip, PG Cert
  • School: Bath Business School, College of Liberal Arts
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  • 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.
  • Campus: Newton Park

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How to Apply

Expand your professional arts knowledge in a changing and challenging environment.

  • Developed in close collaboration with sector partners.
  • Taught by tutors who are practitioners involved in the arts, culture and the creative industries.
  • Gain real-world arts management experience that will help to launch your career.

Why study Arts Management?

This flexible course adapts to the ever changing arts world. You’ll expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge 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, and adept at working in partnership with a wide range of organisations. We’ll teach you to see the arts and culture as a vital part of the wider economy.

Course structure

Build on your previous 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. Throughout the modules you’ll analyse debates in and about culture and the arts. You’ll apply this analysis to contemporary practice, structures, funding and participation.


  • Trimester 1
    We’ll introduce key developments in arts management. You’ll explore the varied skills and knowledge required in managing the arts, and consider arts management’s wider economic, political and social contexts.
    You’ll also gain a grounding in management in general, providing a springboard to management topics which are studied throughout the course.
  • Trimester 2
    In your second trimester you’ll complete a short placement. This should enable you to produce a meaningful piece of work for your host; your placement portfolio should reflect your experience of working with your host organisation and the wider context in which that work takes place.
    In addition, you’ll consider approaches to research and complete a short piece of independent research. We’ll ask you to look beneath the surface of a specific performance, historic house interior, a restored garden, a new gallery, a website, a temporary exhibition, or a combination of these, and to consider: why this?
  • Trimester 3
    You may extend your placement into your third trimester, as the basis for your final project, or take a second placement at a different organisation. Alternatively, you can choose to do a more traditional dissertation in the third trimester: this might be particularly attractive if you’re considering doing further research.

Course assessment

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 logs of evidence
  • Reviews
  • Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents
  • Project progress reports
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations

Visiting lecturers

As well as reflecting on the uncertainties of the moment, we’ll introduce you 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 students on placements and research projects, and work professionally with students on collaborative public projects.

Work experience and placement opportunities

Placements are an essential part of the course. We have contacts at a wide range of local, regional and national organisations, and you can choose to undertake a placement outside Bath.

We expect you to take a proactive approach to negotiating potential placements. We’ll support you through introductions to our partner organisations and by letting you know about possible opportunities with them.

Gain experience in the sector

As well as placements, you’ll benefit from a series of shorter encounters with arts and cultural organisations, supported by study material available online, wider reading and workshops.

We’ll give you opportunities to assess current practice, and to undertake research and scholarly activity as a central feature of your work towards the award. Personal reflection and development throughout the course will heighten your understanding of the sector, while practical work will enhance your skills and your confidence.

Teaching methods

We combine academic study with placements and practical work. You’ll learn through a wide 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 Management. We are committed to delivering the highest quality teaching and learning and the application of that learning to deliver effective practice in the workplace. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning.

Application method

Application forms are available on the website and for any admissions enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875624.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For all enquiries please email

Entry requirements

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

If English is not your first language then you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. The English language requirements can be found here

Career opportunities

Culture, the arts and the creative industries in the UK are estimated to be worth around £36 billion to our 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
  • Audience development
  • Community engagement and social inclusion
  • Education and learning
  • Managing artists and performers

Competition for jobs is fierce and not everyone will want a career in the ‘arts’. The course includes a range of generic skills and opportunities that are aimed at increasing employability for our postgraduates in the voluntary sector, social enterprises, fundraising, and a wide range of administrative and management roles.

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