MA Arts and Cultural Management


MA Arts and Cultural Management

Arts Manager, Cultural Entrepreneur


Course Duration: 1.5 years (3 semesters)
Mode: Full-time



Commencement Date: Jan

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Arts and cultural managers play a huge role in stewarding the growth of the arts, cultural and creative sectors, especially in such highly ambitious, rapidly expanding art ecosystems as we are witnessing in Singapore and Asia. The arts, cultural and creative sectors are gaining global importance, fuelled by emerging talent, demographic and economic changes, and public sector commitment and market dynamics.

The times call for arts and cultural policy workers, curators and managers who are able to influence the conditions that catalyse and maintain a robust, active scene. The Arts and Cultural Manager makes things happen, provides strategic connections, creates opportunity, and forges new directions for the arts and creative landscape to thrive.

The MA in Arts and Cultural Management Programme is designed to build on your professional expertise and provide you with the capacity to take on senior positions in the arts and cultural sector.

Leveraging exciting movements in Asia, students delve deeper into the questions and practices surrounding successful arts management and cultural policy. Students will learn about policy, advocacy, entrepreneurship, principles of arts management, and develop their research capacity. Through seminar-style classes, lectures, and study visits, the Programme guides students to develop the knowledge, spirit of inquiry and innovative points of view that are needed for taking the arts and culture sector into the future.

To provide the level of exposure and dialogue in context, the Programme focuses on enabling students to engage directly with local and international perspectives through an ongoing series of lectures and seminars with guest speakers, practitioners, and visiting academics. Recent visiting academics have included Professor Milena Dragićević Šešić, Head of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management and professor at the University of Arts in Belgrade, and Franco Bianchini, Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Candidates are required to demonstrate a high degree of competence in their field of interest or current practice in the arts and creative industries through an interview as well as the submission of a research proposal. A sense of enquiry, self-discipline, commitment to research, as well as the ability to conceptualise, analyse, and evaluate ideas and critical theories will be required.


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