This course will give you the insight, ideas and skills needed to be an effective leader in arts fundraising. You'll explore topics such as the history of philanthropy, cultural diplomacy, how to manage change, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity.
This course is led and co-ordinated by academic staff with significant industry experience, who are assisted by expert freelance tutors and senior arts consultants. Throughout, you'll reflect critically on your work-based learning and learn how to apply relevant theories to your everyday professional practice.
You'll also complete our Summer School - a week of intensive study and practical activity that provides further opportunities for strategic thinking and planning. This takes place at the 4* hotel and conference centre of Weetwood Hall, a fully modernised 16th century manor house set in nine acres of woodland and gardens located just 4 miles from Leeds city centre.
It is possible to complete the Summer School by itself, and if you wish you can then take the Professional Practice module at a later time to achieve the PGCert. You can find out more about this option here.
This unique course was established in 2014 as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, funded by Arts Council England. It brings together a specialised team of academics and practitioners who approach key issues of arts fundraising and leadership from a range of historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. The course also offers access to a wide range of relevant case studies, and is supported by sector-leading online resources which will help you to develop your critical thinking and analytical writing.
This course explores the history of arts and cultural philanthropy. It investigates underlying cultural policy models and debates, and situates arts fundraising within the broader fields of arts marketing and cultural management, whilst exploring the relative utility of strategic management tools, models and principles for leading contemporary arts organisations. The programme critically applies relevant concepts and theories pertaining to cultural entrepreneurship, change management and cultural leadership, and explores the challenges of implementing these ideas in evolving practices of arts fundraising.
The two modules that make up this course are taught in different ways. The Arts Fundraising and Leadership module takes the form of a Summer School, where you'll be taught through a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, panel discussions, group activities, individual project work and group presentations. In addition, interactive panels and visits to nearby arts organisations provide a unique opportunity for participants to listen to, question and network with a range of senior arts leaders. The Professional Practice module is delivered online through dedicated webinars and tutorials, as well as individual online supervision.
The Arts Fundraising and Leadership module is assessed through a group presentation (30%) and an individual essay (70%). The Professional Practice module is assessed via an extended reflective work-based learning report.
Arts management and heritage studies are emerging disciplines that examine how societies preserve, understand and pass on history and culture. This exciting programme combines theory and practice to give you an insight into the changing nature of the heritage sector.
Core modules explore the nature of ‘heritage’, how meanings of objects, artworks and buildings change in different contexts. You’ll examine the challenges faced by arts managers and cultural leaders, and the changes that have led some museums to move towards the role of the ‘manager’ rather than the ‘curator’.
You’ll even choose from optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests or career plans – including the chance to undertake a work placement and apply theory to a professional context.
Supported by our Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, you’ll benefit from our partnerships with major arts and cultural organisations to find out what it means to work in this challenging sector.
You’ll study in the heart of a cultural hub for this diverse and vibrant region. Leeds is home to a national museum, nine council-run museums, galleries and heritage sites and many private and charitable museums and galleries.
We’re also a short bus or train journey away from everything the rest of Yorkshire has to offer, from The Hepworth Wakefield to the National Media Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. We have close links with many of these cultural institutions to support your practical learning.
This exciting, new programme has been developed in close collaboration with the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and allows students to undertake core and optional courses in both Schools. Students become members of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and enjoy the opportunities that membership offers, from networking events and links to alumni, to conferences, seminars and reading groups.
Like all our masters programmes, this programme comprises of core and optional elements. At its core are two modules which develop your understanding of arts management, cultural leadership and heritage studies – you’ll explore the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘history’, different methodological and theoretical approaches to heritage and the institutions involved in presenting ‘heritage’ to a wider audience.
You’ll also examine theoretical concepts in the emerging field of arts management and the challenges faced by arts managers and cultural leaders. Privileged access to our arts and cultural partners will give you an insight into the challenges of bringing theory and practice together.
All MA students in the School take two core modules which develop the research skills to complete research projects such as your essays and dissertation. This will build to a symposium in Semester 2 where you present some of your own research, and a dissertation which enables you to undertake research in a topic of interest to you.
In addition, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. These will include the opportunity to complete a placement in either arts management or heritage.
As a part of the degree students are encouraged to build a portfolio of project work to support future job applications.
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of our staff. These include weekly seminars, group learning sessions, tutorials and lectures. You’ll also benefit from the expertise of visiting speakers, visits off campus and practical experience. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your individual skills and prepare for taught sessions.
Depending on the modules you choose, you may experience a range of different assessment methods. These usually include essays of around 7,000 words, individual and group presentations, in-course assessment and project work. You may also be asked to complete a reflective log for your projects, allowing you to look back and critically assess your own practice.
All students have a choice of two optional modules. A number of these modules have a work or enterprise component to gain first-hand experience of contemporary museum and gallery practice. If you have a particular ambition in mind for a work placement, we try to find a role that suits you.
If you are determined to get into management within the public sector perhaps you could consider advanced training to help you get there. Leadership in Professional Contexts allows you the time to explore understanding of leadership as a set of skills and knowledge to boost practical application at work. You critically reflect your own practise and work towards a range of professional standards within leadership. The programme gives you insight into leading from the middle, effective school improvement, professional development, strategic planning, management and leadership, financial planning and leadership and the law. It is a very comprehensive programme to give you the confidence to make evidence based decisions and use your training to make the best possible choices within your career.
You learn leadership in light of wide ranging changes to social, economic and government conditions and policies to extend knowledge of leadership and management theory. You enhance skills in professional settings such as education, social services, nursing, caring agencies and policies inform professional debates.
Compulsory Courses 36 months MSc
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