Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Arts Management

This block taught PgCert is ideal for those currently working in the sector, keen to develop new skills and knowledge, but unable to commit to full-time weekly study.

The course will stimulate your understanding and develop your knowledge of contemporary issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals. It balances practice with theory to enable students to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the processes of arts management and is designed to support your career development.


You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.



Why QMU?

  • An opportunity for you to develop your skills and knowledge whilst working.
  • Small class sizes on the route enable you to share experiences and learn from classmates.
  • Real world assignments designed to develop key skills.



Course overview

The course will stimulate your understanding and develop your knowledge of contemporary issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals. It balances practice with theory to enable students to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the processes of arts management and is designed to support your career development.


Students undertaking the block-taught PgCert complete three modules, each picked for their practical and immediate relevance to those working in a cultural organisation.

As part of your course you can opt to undertake evaluation of a live project you are involved in. You will produce a report that may help evidence impact and vererage future support for your work.

After completion of the block taught PgCert, students have the option to complete the remainder of the MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management course on a part-time basis the following year through completing three additional modules and a dissertation.



Exit awards

PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You will complete three 20 credit modules to obtain a PgCert.



Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies and projects. Assessment throughout the course will take a variety of forms, including essays, reports, exams, group and individual presentations. 

Teaching hours and attendance

This course is intended to fit around existing work commitments. It is delivered on campus through twelve intensive study days spread over the course of a year.

It is likely that students will be at QMU 9am-5pm on each day of attendance. You will also have independent study to undertake between each study day.

For the 2018/19 term, the key dates (whole days of study) for the PgCert are as follows:

 Induction Days

  • Thurs 13th September
  • Friday 14th September

Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not for Profit)

  • Friday 21st September
  • Friday 12th October
  • Friday 2nd November
  • Friday 23rd November

Fundraising, Development and Finance

  • Friday 18th January
  • Friday 8th February
  • Friday 1st March
  • Friday 22nd March
  • Plus an exam date TBC in late April early May

If you select the module Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects, you will attend on the dates below.

  • Friday 19th October
  • Friday 15th February

If you select the module Arts Management in Practice, you will attend on the dates below.

  • Friday 28th Sept (3 hours)
  • Friday 5th Oct (3 hours)
  • Plus various field trips throughout the year. These could be on various days and time and a calendar will be provided close to the start of each term.



Links with industry/ professional bodies

Part of our strength comes from our location; being based in Edinburgh means that the course has been developed over time in co-operation with key national cultural agencies and other bodies with a strategic interest in the development of arts organisations and festivals. Our location in the ‘festival city’ also allows for strong practical links between the course and the many arts, festival and cultural organisations based in and around Edinburgh, across Scotland and the UK.



Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not-for-profit)/ Fundraising, Development and Finance/ Arts Management in Practice OR Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects (all 20 credits)

Since the printing of the PG Prospectus 2018, this course has been revalidated. This has lead to a change in the modules. The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (June 2018) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check the website for any updates.


Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Anthony Schrag for more information.


If you select the Arts Management in Practice module, you will be required to take up industry-based learning opportunities to assist your learning and to put the theory into practice.

These industry-based learning opportunities are offered by many of the world-famous organisations that are based in Edinburgh (for example, the Edinburgh International Festival, or the International Film Festival). Although we support students to find opportunities, you are required to secure your own arrangements in line with your personal interests. As we are in Edinburgh - the world’s first and best Festival City - we have no end of opportunities in this regards, and we are well regarded by our industry peers: many of our alumni work in these organisations now and advocate for us. If you are already working in the sector, you can use your existing employment as the site for your industry based learning.) 



Anyone chosing to follow this block taught PgCert is normally employed in a position in the arts already. This course will enable you to develop your skills supporting progression into more senior managerial positions. Previous graduates have gone on to work in theatres, performing arts organisations, galleries, local government, and cultural agencies. In addition, many now work in festivals within the UK, Europe and internationally. Potential careers might include producing, fundraising, marketing, programming, or audience development, as well as many other roles across the cultural industries. .

Class sizes

Normally, there are around 30-35 students enrolling on the modules each year.


Entry requirements

Standard: 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.

Interview: N/A

Application deadline

First week in July.

We may be able to consider late applications on a case by case basis, please check with admissions first.

More information and contacts

Admissions or Anthony Schrag on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.



If you have any further questions, you may find answers on the general MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management page, which has a list of Frequently Asked Questions 



Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

At QMU with some industry-based learning
Block taught over 1 year
Start Date
September 2018
January 2019
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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