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The MA in Arts and Cultural Management programme is for artists/practitioners and project managers who wish to develop further knowledge, skills and understanding as confident leaders and managers in the arts.


The programme will develop your conceptual and critical skills, which will allow you to engage with arts and management in an insightful way. The curriculum is designed to allow you to pursue opportunities within specialist fields of study to an advanced level, including undertaking an extensive independent project or dissertation of your choosing.

You will gain understanding of organisations, managerial techniques and arts practices in the current arts and cultural landscape in the UK.

You will have a placement that will enable you to develop greater self awareness, professionalism and apply practical and organisational project management skills.


The MA in Arts and Cultural Management programme is for artists/practitioners and project managers who wish to develop further knowledge, skills and understanding as confident practitioners/artists, leaders and managers in the arts.


Core Modules

  • Principles and Practice - Research Skills
  • Cultural Leadership
  • Dissertation/Project
  • Placement Preparation
  • Placement
  • Placement Reflection

One of three optional modules:

  • Curatorial 1
  • Performance Programming 1
  • Spaces and Places 1

 One of three optional modules:

  • Curatorial 2
  • Performance Programming 2
  • Space and Places 2

Visit the website for further details on modules.


Here are some possible careers/next steps :

  • Manager with an arts/cultural organisation – programming/curating/event manager/project manager
  • Freelance developer of arts/cultural experiences/events
  • Community outreach officer
  • Freelance performer
  • Undertake further study (PhD)

Students that have undertaken this programme have become freelance artists establishing their own companies and events. One Alumni works for the BBC on audience statistics for Strictly Come Dancing.


Canterbury Christ Church University is situated near to the cathedral in the heart of a historic city teeming with culture and heritage. It is extremely well placed to offer an enriching learning experience.

Artistic and cultural attractions in Canterbury include:

  • International Canterbury Festival
  • Sounds New contemporary festival
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
  • The Sidney Cooper Gallery
  • St. Gregory’s Music Centre
  • The Marlowe Theatre
  • The Gulbenkian Theatre
  • The Canterbury Tales exhibition
  • The Roman Museum
  • The Heritage Museum

Within Kent there is a rich and vibrant arts ecology such as:

  • Whitstable Oyster Festival
  • Herne Bay Festival
  • Folkestone Triennial
  • Whitstable Biennale
  • Deal Festival.

We also have Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and The Turner Contemporary in Margate.

The city connects to central London and the further wealth of culture and heritage available there, in only 50 minutes by direct and frequent high-speed train connections.


You will be taught through seminars, workshops and a practical placement. A number of guest speakers/artists/managers will share their experiences and strategies.

The tutor team have a wealth of academic (Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer level) and industry experience too (e.g. business, freelance, commissioned, high esteem, leaders).

There is integration between theory and practice. The ability to gather, synthesise, process and present information/ideas/events/projects in a coherent, articulate manner are the main foci for both practical and written assignments at Masters level.

You will be encouraged to develop project proposals, business plans, marketing material and performance projects/events. The full time programme runs on two days a week (at the moment a Monday and Thursday). Commitments will depend on which optional modules are chosen. Students can expect approximately 8 hours a week contact in Semester 1 through modules and tutorial. There will be a greater commitment in Semester 2 due to placement and in Semester 3 is predominantly 1-1 supervision for Dissertation/Project and Reflection on Placement modules.


Dr Angela Pickard

Fields of interest:

  • ballet (technique, history, sociology, philosophy, pedagogy, aesthetics)
  • dance in society (historical/social developments in ballet, modern and contemporary from 16th century to modern day), choreography (mainstream, post-modern and interdisciplinary)
  • dance pedagogy (creativity, educational theory, learning and teaching methods)


You are assessed through a range of assignments consisting of, for example, written proposals, presentations, learning log/blogs, reflection and evaluation, dissertation, developing a web­page and/or developing a performance project.

Each 20 credit module has an assessment of 4000 words (or equivalent). A 40 credit module (Dissertation/Project) has 8000 words or equivalent.


There will be an in-depth placement with an arts/cultural organisation as part of this programme where you will develop professional and business skills.

You will be supported in finding a placement suited to your area of specialist interest or practice.


Music and Performing Arts is a vibrant research community. We have research active staff leading in practice-based and written outputs in a range of arts. We have a research seminar series In Dialogue With… and an Embodied Identity research group. There are a number of Masters and PhD students sharing their work. Dr Angela Pickard is editor of the international journal Research in Dance Education.


Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Visit the Arts and Cultural Management - MA page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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