Arts management plays a vital role in designing, shaping and supporting the arts, helping to ensure that access, freedom and equality are achieved across all aspects of the cultural sector. Our flexible Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Policy and Management is ideal if you are an arts manager already, and wish to develop your practice and deepen your understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management. Alternatively, if you are contemplating a career in arts policy and management and aim to understand current trends and debates that inform the day-to-day running of arts organisations, it provides a comprehensive overview of the sector.

Making the most of our central London location, you can take advantage of one of the largest concentrations of art spaces, cultural organisations and festivals, with the British Museum, Wellcome Gallery, Bloomsbury Festival and West End theatres, and a wealth of other museums and galleries within walking distance. For those who want to deepen their sector experience, we offer a placement module that encourages students to work on their own research interests within an arts organisation. Past students have had valuable experiences in organisations ranging from the Greater London Authority to the Hackney Museum, and from the Big Dance Project to the Wallace Collection.

Study Details:

PGCert 1 year part-time

Module Details:


  • Understanding Arts Policy and Management


  • Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Room at the Top: Professional Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries


  • Arts Management, Sustainability and Urban Development
  • Arts Policy and Management Work Placement
  • Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning
  • Comparative Cultural Policies
  • Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences
  • Creating Contemporary Exhibitions (30 CATS)
  • Curating as Critical Practice (30 CATS)
  • Digital Culture
  • Legal Aspects of Arts Management
  • Managing the Performing Arts (30 CATS)
  • Marketing: Strategies and Planning
  • Staging Music Events and Festivals
  • The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions

Student Destinations

Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, education and museums/galleries. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or arts administrator. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker or multimedia specialist.


Part-time home/EU students: £2800 pa Part-time international students: £5075 pa

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

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