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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Arts Management and Heritage Studies

Programme code:MA-AM&H-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Gill Park Contact address:g.park@leeds.ac.uk

The part-time programme will be delivered over 24 months.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Equivalent to a 2:1 Honours Degree (work experience will be taken into account)

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, history of Art and Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, history of Art and Cultural Studies

Programme specification:

As a result of the unique collaboration between the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, the programme will produce highly employable graduates, who both have the practical skills required for a role working in arts management and/or the heritage industry, but also have the analytical ability to ask key questions of their practice. They will be taught how to critically investigate theories of decision making and democracy as well as business and arts management theory and will have explored the challenges of applying these range of philosophies and practices to the everyday practice and strategic development of contemporary arts, cultural and heritage organisations regionally, nationally and internationally. They will also have a keen sense of the complex interconnectedness of business, curatorial, and educational policy and processes in individual sites and organisations. Drawing from the University of Leeds' recognised excellence in critical analysis of history, theory and context and the reputation of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, the programme will produce graduates who are highly capable of intelligently identifying challenges, answering complex questions and communicating effectively with stakeholders in order to continue to ensure the success of the cultural industries in the UK and internationally.

Students will be able to critically investigate and evaluate current practice in arts and heritage through activities such as placements, projects and dissertations. They will benefit from the wide range of partnerships the University has established over the last 20 years of teaching museum studies and arts management. The two collaborating schools already have excellent partnerships with a wide range of cultural organisations, such as Leeds Museums and Galleries, Opera North, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Grand and the City Varieties, and Harewood. Our students work with museums, galleries, heritage organisations, charitable trusts and theatres across Yorkshire, nationally and internationally and our research and research led teaching is frequently founded in mutually beneficial cultural collaborations. Students will be able to gain hands-on access to a wide variety of organisations through placements, project work. In the dissertation, students will be encouraged to synthesise their theoretical and professional experience and they
will be encouraged to understand the potential strengths and weaknesses of current practice in order to develop innovative approaches to their own professional practice.

We are consistently told by our international students that a UK masters helps differentiate them in terms of employability, especially in countries where the cultural industries are undergoing a period of rapid growth, such as in the Middle East, China and Korea. This programme aims to train the next generation of cultural leaders.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF5101MAdvanced Research Skills 15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5102MAdvanced Research Skills 25 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5253MInterpretations15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5254MCritical Issues15 creditsSemester 1
PECI5207MArts Management and Cultural Leadership30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students must choose one dissertation module

ARTF5006MArts Management and Heritage Studies Dissertation50 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep
ARTF5999MMA Practice-led Dissertation50 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules in semester 2

ARTF5011MJewish Museums and the Display of Cultural Difference30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5031MUnfinished Business: Trauma, Cultural Memory and the Holocaust30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5032MMovies, Migrants and Diasporas30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5051MIntersecting Practices: Questioning the Intersection of Contemporary Art and Heritage30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5052MAdventures in the Archive30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5069MArt & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets30 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF5071MEncountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5189MProcuring Representation: Contemporary Art, East Asia, Gender30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5191MAnthropology, Art and Representation30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5265MIndividual Directed Study30 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
ARTF5802MPlacements in Context: Policy, Organizations and Practice30 creditsSemester 2
EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5105MCreative Work30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5106MPerformance and Collaborative Enterprise30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5211MAudience Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2

This list is indicative and may change depending on staff availability

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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