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Arts Administration and Cultural Policy: Music Pathway - MA

Goldsmiths, University of London Department of Music

Full time & Part time See Course MA 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

This programme builds on London's position as one of the most important musical centres in the world, with a diverse range of concert halls, theatres, cultural institutions and arts events that reflect its cosmopolitan and multicultural society.

Although professional management practice is a major element of the programme, the 'creative arts event' is the starting point for all teaching.

A music pathway has been added to the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, which is run by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths.

Instead of specialist theatre modules you take one 30 credit module from the MA Music or MMus programmes, and your dissertation/placement/business-plan will be directed towards musical

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a subject concerned with arts and culture or another relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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Student Profile(s)

Nahum Romero

136.gif Having been born in Mexico, surrounded by a wealth of history, tradition, arts and cultural diversity, has taught me the importance of the cultural sector in the daily life of my country. I grew up within an artistic and technological environment. I decided to study Computer Systems for Management in university as well as Philosophy. On the other hand, I have been developing creative and artistic skills throughout my life. I’ve studied music composition and execution and I write and illustrate for newspapers and magazines.

The described background drove me, inexorably, to work within the artistic sector of my country. In this way, I became aware of the problems and challenges that Mexico faces in its cultural institutions. I knew that earning a Master’s in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy – Music Pathway at Goldsmiths would enhance my knowledge and skills needed for the contemporary challenges in the Mexican cultural sector through a programme that brings together humanities, social sciences, and public policy, as well as managerial skills for the arts administration. Likewise, the Music Pathway will equip me with a multidisciplinary approach and expand my musical training.

Even though I have spent just a few months in Goldsmiths, it feels as if I belonged years before. At the beginning I had a fixed idea of what Goldsmiths was about, but since the first days, these ideas have been challenged. It’s like being in a big family: the staff are so friendly, the teachers are great, but the best thing I’ve found out are the students, the community that keeps Goldsmiths alive. You get the feeling that Goldsmiths is a 'bottom up' College, where the new ideas begin within the community and then they flow upwards. The students are always looking forward to be challenged, to think differently and to find new approaches. There’s a strong sense of the multidisciplinary at the College, and thus there always are great opportunities for collaborations.

Goldsmiths definitely changes you in many ways. It won’t be easy to forget this extraordinary experience and I am glad to reckon myself a Goldie!


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