Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Arts Management

Do you work in arts management and want to take your career to a new level? Designed to fit around your existing work commitments, this practical and relevant PgCert offers a flexible, part-time way to develop your professional skills and knowledge.

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? This course offers a blend of practical project work and theoretical study that will deepen your understanding of modern arts management and equip you with some very useful contemporary skills.




Why QMU?

  • This is a flexible course that lets you develop your skills and gain valuable new knowledge while working.
  • Enjoy the support of staff and encouragement of fellow students. Our small class sizes are perfect for sharing experiences and fostering new ideas.
  • Real-world assignments are designed to develop and consolidate your new key skills.
  • Learn on a campus just six minutes by train from the heart of the world’s greatest festival city.

Course overview

You will complete three modules on this block-taught PgCert, covering topics including fundraising, governance, leadership and finance.
As part of your course you can opt to evaluate a live project you are involved in. You will produce a report that may help evidence, impact and generate future support for your work.

You will also consolidate your new learning with a placement in an arts organisation.

This PgCert also counts as credit towards our MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management. After completion of the block-taught PgCert, you’ll have the option to obtain the MA 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 will take the form of essays, reports, exams and 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.

Below is an example of attendance dates for 2019/20 entry for guidance.

Induction Days

  • Thursday 12th September
  • Friday 13th September

Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not for Profit)

  • Friday 20th September
  • Friday 11th October
  • Friday 1st November
  • Friday 22nd November

Fundraising, Development and Finance

  • Friday 17th January
  • Friday 7th February
  • Friday 28th February
  • Friday 20th March
  • Plus an exam date TBC in late April early May

You then have a choice from either Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects OR Arts Management in Practice:

If you select Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects:

  • Friday 24th January

If you select Arts Management in Practice:

  • Friday 27th Sept
  • Friday 4th October

Plus various field trips throughout the year. These could be on various days and times and a calendar will be provided close to the start of each term.

Exact dates for 20/21 study will be available nearer the time.

Class sizes

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


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) (20 credits)
  • Fundraising, Development and Finance (20 credits
  • Arts Management in Practice (20 credits) OR Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects (20 credits)

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

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


We require students to take up industry-based learning positions to assist their learning and to put theory into practice. These 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 — there are 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.


You will be qualified for a broad range of management positions within a wide spectrum of cultural organisations and festivals. 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.

Teaching staff

Please click on the following links to find out more about lecturers that teach this course: 

Dr Anthony Schrag (Programme Leader)

Dr David Stevenson

Rachel Blanche

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.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Contact Admissions or contact 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 2020/2021 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).



Course Overview

At QMU with some industry-based learning
Block taught over 1 year
Start Date
September 2020
January 2021
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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