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Programme Leader Profile - Simon Girdler

Post Graduate Programmes in Cultural Management:

  • MA/PgDip/PgCert in Arts And Cultural Management
  • MA/PgDip/PgCert in Festival Management

Introduction: These courses have been designed to meet the professional development needs of those wishing to develop a management role in the Arts and Cultural Sectors.

Duration: Full-time:1 year or part-time:2-7 years

Description: QMU offers two awards focusing on cultural management

Each award focuses on different aspects of arts and cultural management, which is reflected in the combination of modules within each award. The courses are developed in co-operation with key national cultural agencies and other bodies with a strategic interest in the development of the arts and cultural sectors across Scotland and there are strong practical links between the cultural management programme and many local and national organisations in the cultural industry sector.

MA Arts and Cultural Management

Entry Requirements: Honours degree or relevant industrial experience and education

This course will stimulate your understanding and develop your knowledge of contemporary issues affecting the development of arts and cultural management and their relevance to daily practice. The modules are:

  • Introduction to the cultural sector
  • People management, governance and law
  • Research methods for business
  • Production and project management
  • Strategic management and policy
  • Finance and fundraising
  • Arts marketing and public relations
  • Placement or independent study
There will be a dissertation or project module to attain the full MA.

MA Festival Management

Entry Requirements: Honours degree or relevant industrial experience and education

This course will provide you with knowledge of the current issues in the production of festivals. On completion you will be able to demonstrate an ability to analyse and understand issues as well as implement the policies underlying the production, programming and management of festivals. The modules are:

  • Introduction to the cultural sector
  • People management, governance and law
  • Research methods for business
  • Festivals
  • Strategic management and policy
  • Finance and fundraising
  • Arts marketing and public relations
  • Placement or independent study

There will be a dissertation or project module to attain the full MA.

Structure
Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises, field trips and projects. The methods used vary from module to module. Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, presentations and a dissertation or project (MA only).

Teaching and Assessment
The main forms of assessment are written assignments, case study presentations and practical performance (placement and QMU-situated).

Careers
You will be qualified to work in a management or research role within
the arts and cultural sector. You will be able to use modules, or the whole course, as part of your personal and professional development. Previous students work in galleries & museums; theatres, festivals & performing arts organisations; and local councils, arts councils and related cultural agencies across the world. To read about two students' experience click here.

Associate Student
You can also register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest.

International Job Opportunities
Our international, EU and UK graduates have found these programmes instrumental in securing both employment and promotion opportunities in cultural agencies, institutions and organisations in their home countries and abroad. Our past students are working across Europe, North America and Asia

for further information, contact:

Simon Girdler
+44 (0)131 474 0000
email

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