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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5207M Arts Management and Cultural Leadership

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Jon Price

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will contextualise and investigate the key theoretical concepts behind the academic field of Arts Management and Cultural Leadership. Through privileged access to the School’s arts and cultural partners and by critically evaluating contemporary issues such as cultural leadership, creative programming, audience engagement and intercultural management, you will explore the global challenges faced by arts managers and cultural leaders and learn to appreciate the challenges of synthesizing theory and practice.


This module should develop in students to the capacity to: critically contextualise the field of Arts Management using a range of contemporary theoretical frameworks; understand, apply and critique key theoretical concepts such as cultural leadership, participation and engagement, cultural value and governance ethics; critically investigate the business and arts management theory and explore the challenges of applying this to the everyday practice and strategic development of contemporary arts and cultural organisations across the world.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Understanding of contemporary critical frameworks relevant to the field of arts management and cultural leadership;
2. Application and critique of key theoretical concepts such as creative management, change management, cultural leadership and artistic evaluation;
3. Articulation of the benefits and challenges of applying business and arts management theory to the everyday practice and strategic development of contemporary arts and cultural organisations.

Skills learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical evaluation of business strategy as applied to arts and cultural organisations.
2. Researching, organising and persuasively communicating information in visual and written formats.
3. Formulation of evidence-based arguments supported by sound reasoning.
4. Prioritising and managing time well to meet deadlines.


Indicative topics may include:
* Introduction to Arts Management & Cultural Leadership
* Strategic Management and Organisational Structure
* Artistic Planning & Programming
* Audience Development & Public Engagement
* Managing Change in the Arts
* Managing the Arts in Intercultural Contexts
* Industry Case Study
* Culture, Governance and Ethics
* Cultural Leadership

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored continuously, both formatively and summatively through class discussions and formal assessments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,500-4,000 word essay65.00
PresentationIndividual presentation35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/04/2024


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