Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University

Arts Management

Do you work in arts management and want to take your career to a new level? Designed to fit around your existing work commitments, this practical and relevant PgCert offers a flexible, part-time way to develop your professional skills and knowledge.

Funding, recruitment, sustainability, leadership, international development – there are many burning issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals today. As a professional in the field, what is your best way to engage with them? How can you guide an arts organisation into a successful future in such uncertain times? This course offers a blend of practical project work and theoretical study that will deepen your understanding of modern arts management and equip you with some very useful contemporary skills.

Goals and Objectives

Students undertaking the block-taught PgCert complete three modules, each picked for their practical and immediate relevance to those working in a cultural organisation.

As part of your course you can opt to undertake evaluation of a live project you are involved in. You will produce a report that may help evidence impact and leverage future support for your work.

After completion of the block taught PgCert, students have the option to complete the remainder of the MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management course on a part-time basis the following year through completing three additional modules and a dissertation.


This course is intended to fit around existing work commitments. It is delivered on campus through twelve intensive study days spread over the course of a year. It is likely that students will be at QMU 9am-5pm on each day of attendance listed. You will also have independent study to undertake between each study day.

Each year these dates will change, but as an indication of the sorts of CPD study hours, we have included the dates for the 2018/19 term, the key dates (whole days of study) for the PgCert are as follows:

Induction Days:
Thurs 13th September
Friday 14th September

Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not for Profit):
Friday 21st September
Friday 12th October
Friday 2nd November
Friday 23rd November

Fundraising, Development and Finance:
Friday 18th January
Friday 8th February
Friday 1st March
Friday 22nd March
Plus an exam date TBC in late April early May

If you select the module Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects, you will attend on the dates below.
Friday 19th October
Friday 15th February

If you select the module Arts Management in Practice, you will attend on the dates below.
Friday 28th Sept (3 hours)
Friday 5th Oct (3 hours)

Plus various field trips throughout the year. These could be on various days and time and a calendar will be provided close to the start of each term.


Apply online at via the programme page: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate-study/2019-postgraduate-courses/ma-arts-festival-and-cultural-management/

Admission Requirements:

A UK honours degree or equivalent OR significant work experience in cultural organisations or festivals.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

2019/20 Postgraduate Fees

International Part time £1705 per 20 credit module

Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret Drive
Musselburgh, Scotland EH21 6UU
United Kingdom

Dr. Anthony Schrag

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 131 474 0000

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