Art History & Cultural Policy - Cultural Policy & Arts Management

MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management is aimed at graduate students and experienced cultural sector practitioners seeking the skills to be effective managers and leaders in the arts and heritage fields. Lectures are carried out in small seminar rooms where active participation in debate with lecturers and guest lecturers is encouraged.

The critical and practical content of the programme challenges students to analyse the conceptual frameworks and cultural contexts that generate cultural policies, while acquiring the skills to be effective leaders and managers in the cultural field. The competencies acquired provide graduates with an excellent multi-disciplinary qualification that is highly regarded among sectoral employers, in Ireland and internationally.

- A dynamic learning environment in which a diverse group of fellow-students (from different countries and with different cultural and art form backgrounds) pursue their shared goal of being effective managers and thinkers in the cultural field

- Access to a wide range of top cultural sector managers in Ireland who contribute to the course as guest lecturers

- A rich mix of theoretical approaches to culture, combined with the practical skills to be an effective manager

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement
The programme aims to equip those wishing to pursue a career in the professional arts and cultural sector with the skills and competencies to be effective managers, and with the confidence and competency to lead and influence change in cultural policies at national and local levels. Our educational mission is to produce 'reflective practitioners': people capable of thinking deeply and philosophically about the role of the arts and culture in society, while acquiring a set of technical skills in the fields of management, marketing, research, finance, and law to perform effectively as managers and leaders in their field. Additionally, the strong vocational nature of the programme provides students with a realistic pathway towards employment, career, and further research opportunities in the cultural field. To this end, we continually adapt the programme in response to evolving policy and technological and professional changes in the field of cultural management, both domestically and internationally. Students will emerge from this programme with the strategic vision and leadership skills to ensure that the civic and societal value of the arts and heritage is widely appreciated, reflected in the mission of cultural institutions, and at the heart of government policies for culture.

Programme Outcomes
Be committed to ethical practices in management and research

Have a comparative understanding of national and international policies for culture and the arts

Have a sound grasp of cultural theory, cultural policy theory, relevant sociological theory and theories of management

Have the ability, through written and spoken discourse, to deal with the conceptual and theoretical complexity of culture and its management

Possess a range of practical and reflective management skills to be effective cultural entrepreneurs and leaders of cultural organisations.

Possess a range of practical and reflective management skills to be effective cultural entrepreneurs and leaders of cultural organisations

Possess the analytical and research skills to bring about informed, constructive change in cultural policies at national and local levels

Understand their individual style, strengths and weaknesses as managers so that they can be better leaders of cultural organisations

Student Internships
A placement opportunity with an organisation or institution of your choice will allow you to build networks in your chosen field and to implement the skills and insights acquired on the course.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Finance ACC40730
Business 1 (Management) CULP40010
Research Methods/Seminar CULP40050
Marketing in the Arts CULP40100
Dissertation CULP40140
Cultural Policy 3 Arts Lives CULP40240
Business 3 (Strategic Plan) CULP40270
Work Experience CULP40280
Cultural Policy 1: Comparative Issues CULP40300
Cultural Policy 2: Ireland CULP40310
Law of Cult Pol&Arts Mgmt LAW41750

Entry requirements

A primary degree at 2.1 level (Second Class Honours, Grade One) is normally required. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and relevant or extensive work experience will be taken into account.

Transcripts should accompany an application, including grades for each subject taken in the primary degree.

Some experience working in a cultural organisation in whatever capacity.

Name and contact details of two referees.

Admission is subject to interview either in person, by video skype, or telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management FT (Z041)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time.


MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management (Z041) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9385
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The programme's emphasis on vocational skills, practitioner input, and networking (through work placements), provides those coming from arts and humanities backgrounds with the kind of genuinely transferable business skills that will enhance their employability. Graduates will have the capacity to negotiate, research and think strategically about policy issues, and to apply practical management skills (acquired primarily through modules in marketing, management, finance, law and strategic planning), in running arts or heritage organisations on both a strategic and day-to-day basis.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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