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MA in Arts Management

Student talking in Arts Management programme

The MA in Arts Management teaches students skills in leading and managing arts and creative projects and organisations, including strategic and business planning, finance management, research skills, fundraising, marketing and maintaining a reflective practice. It also teaches students how to develop an awareness of the wider social, political and economic landscape in which their work sits, including the area of cultural policy. 

Students on the MA in Arts Management have a unique opportunity to engage with the state of the art facilities the School of Creative Arts has to offer: from the film studio, the Queen’s Film Theatre , the Brian Friel Theatre, the Sonic Arts Research Centre and the Naughton Gallery. A distinct part of the programme is the chance to meet and work with artists studying on other MA pathways in the School.

The MA provides a supportive environment for students to engage in reflective professional development. Lecturers work closely with students to ensure that their involvement with the modules and assessments on the Programme connect directly with their personal learning needs.

We provide a welcoming environment for both local and international students. Students are supported and encouraged to socialise and attend local arts events together. We take intercultural education very seriously on the MA and believe that students on the MA can learn from one another as well as from their tutors and lecturers on the course.

Students on the MA engage directly with the arts and cultural organisations in Belfast and wider Northern Ireland. Belfast is home to the MAC, the Lyric Theatre and Titanic Belfast, which provide a fertile learning environment for the cultural leaders of the future. Belfast has further distinctiveness in the leading role that art and culture has played and continues to take in urban regeneration (Cathedral QuarterTitanic Quarter) and post-conflict resolution.

We connect directly with a range of theatre companies, festivals, venues, local and central government bodies and arts development agencies to ensure that students are hearing from, and working with, professionals and policymakers. Students are provided a number of networking opportunities as well as occasions to share their own research and learning back to the sector.

The programme is suitable for a range of participants.  Early and mid-career arts managers who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management will find the course invaluable. It will also serve as a route for graduates who are interested in creating their own cultural ventures for self-employment.  The course is offered to both full- and part-time students.

The MA in Arts Management will provide four core modules and a dissertation. The modules will focus on contemporary issues of arts and cultural management. These are:

  • Cultural Policy: Its Relationship to Arts Management
  • Managing the Arts I: Thinking Strategically
  • Managing the Arts II: Planning for the Arts
  • Engaging Audiences
  • Placement / Dissertation

All modules will be connected by a common strategic thread: how to train future arts leaders against the backdrop of cultural, economic and political trends.

The MA programme also includes Training Support. This includes a postgraduate taught module held within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences entitled Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and mini modules based within the School of Creative Arts as part of Research and Learning for Arts Management.

Sessions have included: 

  • Critical Review
  • Practical Management
  • Advocacy and Lobbying for the Arts
  • Reflecting on Arts Management in Practice 
  • Engaging with Social Media Understanding Audience Experince 

Part time students will arrange attendance to these, appropriate to the schedule of a part time student with the Course Convenor.


Frequently Asked Questions - see some of the most common questions we get asked.  


MA in Arts Management Research Projects

Most students will take on an independant research project during the course.  See some samples of the research conducted by our previous students. 


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