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MA in Arts Management

Arts Management

In 2012 the School of Creative Arts introduced a new MA, entitled MA in Arts Management. This pathway takes advantage of the strong existing links between Drama, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Music and Visual Arts courses and Belfast’s wider cultural sector. The course will thus be developed in co-operation with key cultural institutions within Northern Ireland with a strategic interest in the development of the arts and cultural sectors.  An element of distinctiveness lies in the ability of Queen’s to provide students with in-house practical placements, capitalising on the University’s unique connections to the Festival at Queen’s, the Queen’s Film Theatre and the Naughton Gallery

The MA will also provide a supportive environment for those students interested in new venture creation within the artistic and cultural spheres. It is also envisioned that this programme will be able to capitalise on Belfast’s burgeoning arts infrastructure.

2012-13 was an exceptional year for the arts in this city with the Cultural Olympiad alongside the opening of the MAC, the new Lyric Theatre and Titanic Belfast, which have provided 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 Quarter, Titanic Quarter) and post-conflict resolution.

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 intended to be 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: 

  • Critical Review
  • Practical Management
  • Advocacy and Lobbying for the Arts
  • Reflecting on Arts Management in Practice 

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


Module Information

Please click here for further information on each of the Arts Management modules.


Entrance Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification in a relevant subject.  A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification may be acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate relevant work experience as an artist or in the field of arts administration. Exceptionally, applicants who do not hold a 2.2 Honours degree and who possess relevant experience may be permitted the opportunity to demonstrate achievement at an equivalent level. For example, this could be in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation If you would like to discuss your application please contact the pathway convenor,  Dr David Robb.

Prospective students can apply online through the University Portal.

All students who accept offers will be invited for interview. While the interview will not affect the status of your offer, it provides an opportunity for students to meet staff, make connections and clarify any questions about the programme.


Funding: MA Funding


Apply: Click here to apply


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