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
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.
Stage 1 - Core
Business 1 (Management) CULP40010
Research Methods/Seminar CULP40050
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
Arts Marketing to Engagement CULP40330
Law of Cult Pol&Arts Mgmt LAW41750
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.
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
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
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.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
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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.