Through combining arts management with heritage studies, students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the changing political, policy and practice contexts within which the arts and heritage sectors operate today.
Core modules explore the nature of heritage and how meanings of objects, artworks and buildings change in different contexts. You will 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 will choose from optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests or career plans – including the opportunity to undertake a work placement or consultancy project role in either arts management or heritage. Previous students have undertaken placements focused on collections, digitisation work, digital interpretation and community engagement.
Supported by our Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, you will benefit from our partnerships with major arts and cultural organisations to find out what it means to work in this challenging sector.
You will study in the heart of a cultural hub for this diverse and vibrant region. Leeds is home to a wide variety of world-leading and innovative arts and heritage organisations, from the Royal Armouries, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Northern Ballet through to nine council-run museums, galleries and heritage sites and many contemporary art spaces.
We are also close to everything the rest of Yorkshire has to offer, from The Hepworth Wakefield to the National Science and Media Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Brontë Parsonage Museum. We have close links with many of these cultural institutions to support your practical learning.
This exciting 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.
All MA students in the School take two core modules.
In Arts Management and Cultural Leadership, students will examine theoretical concepts in the emerging field of arts management and the challenges faced by arts managers and cultural leaders. Dialogue with our arts and cultural partners will give an insight into the exciting possibilities opened up by bringing theory and practice together. Students can deepen their learning in this area through optional modules that explore a variety of key issues, such as audience engagement and impact, cultural entrepreneurship, and contemporary cultural strategies, technologies and media.
In Heritage Studies: Key Words, students will develop a critical exploration of heritage through the ways in which people have sought to preserve, understand and pass on their cultures. This is underpinned through combining a sustained theoretical engagement with key ideas which animate heritage – place, community, memory, archive, future – with embedded skills development in heritage and museum interpretative and curatorial practice (which are a core set of sector skills). Students can build on these skills through optional modules such as exploring anthropology and representation, cultural memory and material culture.
Through our Advanced Research Skills modules, students are equipped to undertake assessments and ultimately develop their own research project. The modules build to a symposium in Semester 2 where students present initial research findings towards a dissertation on a research topic of interest.
In addition, students choose from a range of optional modules offered by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. These include the opportunity to complete a placement or consultancy project role in either arts management or heritage. Previous students have undertaken placements focused on collections, digitisation work, digital interpretation and community engagement.
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to allow students to benefit from the expertise of our staff. These include weekly seminars, group learning sessions, tutorials and lectures.
Students will also benefit from the expertise of visiting speakers, visits off campus and practical experience. Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing students to develop individual skills and prepare for taught sessions
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.
Build your knowledge of the commercial aspects of the creative industries. Solent’s innovative MA Media Arts Management focuses on the various forces shaping the media and cultural industries. You’ll also explore how political, economic, social, legal and technological frameworks have a direct influence.
You’ll gain a thorough understanding of management and administrative functions to enable effective management within the sector. You’ll also delve into the challenges facing managers and executives working within the creative industries.
Financial planning and marketing communications are key elements of the curriculum. You’ll explore financial and accounting practices and how they can be applied to an artistic environment. You’ll also be introduced to the marketing mix and the many traditional and emerging mediums for reaching your target audiences.
The final major project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in the areas of organisation and project management, research, critical thinking and analysis in a related area of particular interest to you.
The course’s commercial focus within the context of the media industry makes it accessible to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. This includes graduates from media-related or business-related degrees. Professionals already working within the media industry who wish to build upon their existing knowledge are also invited to apply.
Studying in Southampton means you'll be learning in a vibrant city with a thriving cultural community. The city’s new Cultural Quarter, which is right on the University’s doorstep, sits at the heart of this. The Quarter is a creative hub offering museums, performance space, concert venues, and art galleries, including Solent’s own Showcase Gallery.
Graduates will be well-equipped to take on managerial and executive positions, such as marketing manager, press officer, or social media account executive roles, within all sizes of media and arts organisations.
The course will suit candidates interested in the business-end of the media and culture industries. The course is ideal for graduates from a both a production and a ‘studies’ background.
We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wifi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.
Graduates will be well-equipped to take on managerial and executive positions, such as marketing manager, press officer, or social media account executive, within all sizes of media and arts organisations.
Students in the School of Media Arts and Technology benefit from the strong industry links developed by academic staff. Many of Solent’s media-related courses have an active guest speaker programme, with presentations from experts sharing insights from all areas of the industry.