Arts, Festivals and Cultural Management (Single Modules)

Do you work in arts management and want to take your career to a new level? Consider studying a study single module - a flexible, part-time way to develop your professional skills and knowledge. 

The single modules available are part of our MA in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management and could be the stepping stone to achieving an MA if you wanted to progress your studies.

Arts, Festivals and Cultural Management (Single Modules): The course in brief

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? These single modules will deepen your understanding of modern arts management and equip you with some very useful contemporary skills.

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How will I be taught?

Structure, duration, delivery and outcomes

Structure: Module can be taken as a standalone however, on completion of one module, you may also be interested in progressing to the PgCert Arts Management or MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management.

Duration: See individual module for detail

Delivery: See module tab below for individual module for detail on delivery. We endeavour that all our modules take place face-to-face at the QMU campus.

Outcomes: All modules are worth 20 credits. On completion of a single module, you may chose to progress your studies to a named award: PgCert Arts Management or MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching could comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies and projects. Assessment could take the form of essays, reports, exams and presentations.


Strategy and Sustainability within Cultural Organisations

This module will support students to critically reflect on economic, social, and environmental sustainability in the arts and cultural sectors and develop strategic knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute to a more sustainable future.

Delivery Pattern: These classes are block taught (4 Fridays within the semester)

Arts Leadership and Management in Practice

This module will support students to become reflective leaders in the arts, confident in their ability to employ and adapt theory in relation to the organisational contexts in which they may work.

Delivery Pattern: Year Long (with 2 taught sessions on campus followed by a suite of field trips, talks and activities) 

Fundraising, Development and Finance 

This module will equip students with a critical understanding of the principles and practices of fundraising, development and financial management.

Delivery Pattern: These classes are block taught (4 Fridays within the Semester.)

Contemporary Debates in Cultural Policy

This module will provide students with a critical understanding of key cultural policy debates that impact the work of managers in the cultural and creative industries.

Delivery Pattern: 10 weekly in-person classes (Semester 1: September - December)

Designing Qualitative Research

This module will prepare students to undertake a postgraduate research project by developing their knowledge and understanding of qualitative research methodologies and methods.

Delivery Pattern: 10 weekly in-person classes (Semester 1: September - December)


Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects

This module will provide students with the knowledge and understanding to effectively design and execute the evaluation of arts and cultural projects. Please note that to undertake this module, you need to have access to a current cultural project to evaluate. 

Delivery Pattern: 10 weekly in-person classes with some online components (Semester 2: January - April)

NB The modules listed are correct at time of posting (March 2023) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.


Arts, Festivals and Cultural Management (Single Modules): Entry requirements and application information

Entry 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 provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.


Fees are charged per module. Please visit the postgraduate fees pages on our website to access the fee information for your chosen year of study. You should look under the 'MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management'.

Applying for this course

For more information on applying, or to apply for this course, please follow the links in the 'Start your application' box at the top right of this page.

Application deadline

It is likely that students will be able to apply for a single module up to around a month before the September or January start dates. 


Start date

September or January depending on choice - Some modules run in Semester One (Sep-Dec) and some in Semester Two (Jan-Apr).

More information and QMU contacts

Further information, including application process, please contact Anthony Schrag 

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