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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PGDip Audiences, Enagagement, Participation

Programme code:PGD-PECI/AEFUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sarah Feinstein Contact

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

A bachelor degree with a minimum 2:1 (Hons)
Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:


Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Master’s Degrees in Business and Management

Programme specification:

The programme will critically explore established and everyday notions of engagement and participation in the arts and culture. There is an acknowledged crisis of legitimacy in the arts and cultural sector. Arts participation data demonstrates that only a very small proportion of disproportionately white, middle-class, university educated and older people engage in the arts, despite decades of work to attempt to diversify the sector. At the same time, the arts are perceived by policymakers to be an ideal way to address public disengagement from other parts of civic life. As a result, there is much academic discourse about audience engagement and participation; significant policy focus on targets to increase engagement; and practitioner focus on strategies to address perceptions around lack of engagement. This programme aims to contribute critically towards this ongoing debate and to create, through theoretical insight and practice-led research, a more genuinely participatory culture of thinking and practice.
The programme will therefore appeal equally to practitioners who are keen to develop their own skills in practices of engagement and participation and to scholars who are keen to manage and lead a more audience-centred approach to arts management and cultural policy.
Core programme content will include: the definitional ambiguities of audience development and cultural participation; digital engagement and participation in the arts and culture; co-creation and co-production; conceptual design of audience experiences; community arts; participatory funding and decision-making; impact evaluation; the impact of spaces, places and venues on the audience experience.

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

Students must study 120 credits comprised from a mix of compulsory and optional modules adding up to 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PECI5211MAudience, Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5213MCultural Participation and Participatory Cultures30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAH5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 creditsNot running in 202324
PECI5106MPerformance and Collaborative Enterprise30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5207MArts Management and Cultural Leadership30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 15/08/2023 14:39:51


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