The creative and cultural sector is developing rapidly as an important engine of global economic development. The industries under this sector are seen as a powerful source of income, job creation, and export earnings for most advanced countries, and a feasible strategic option to diversify the economies of developing countries by offering new avenues for these countries to enter into value-added high growth sectors of the emerging creative economy. This transformation has brought about the critical realisation that the role of the Arts Manager is far more complex. Today, the Arts Manager’s role has transformed from one who administers non-profit organisations to becoming an enabler of artmaking and one who shapes and influences cultural policy and discourse. The Arts Manager today is therefore an innovator and a social and cultural entrepreneur who facilitates greater interaction and exchange between art, artists, art agencies, policy makers, the industry, and its audience.
Having pioneered Singapore’s first Arts Management studies in 1995, LASALLE is the only arts institution in Singapore that offers its own degrees in both visual and performing arts management. The School of Arts Management has produced many successful graduates who are making a difference in our creative and cultural landscape with organisations including The Esplanade Co Ltd, National Arts Council, Singapore Art Museum, National Archives, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Arts Central, The Substation, Objectifs, and various art galleries including Art2, Artfolio, and Gajah Gallery. Conducted in Singapore where the arts and culture are at the cusp of growth and change, the Programme provides the opportunity for practicing and potential arts and cultural managers with diverse backgrounds to bring their own experiences to engage with each other and industry professionals on the critical issues facing the industry today. The Programme is distinctive in its focus on cultural policy and business strategy as its Programme engine to encourage research.
One of the strengths of the Programme is its collaboration with industry. Towards this end, it has invited practitioners and senior executives from major arts organisations and the creative industries to share their knowledge and expertise with you. Industry speakers are invited as guest speakers and lecturers. The School of Arts Management also organises a seminar series, INTERACTIONS, where industry speakers are invited to have discourse with you. You will also have the option of doing an internship with a local arts or cultural organisation.
The academic strategy of the Programme is to present a variety of modules appropriate for the study and exploration of critical issues relating to the arts, cultural and business management. The Programme’s teaching and learning methodology is a balance between cultural theory and business strategy enabling the acquisition of theoretical knowledge to support your research interest, which would be realised in a major thesis or project. All the six modules are aimed to enhance the capabilities of individuals at every stage of their career—from new managers to experienced ones.
Through an approach of lectures, seminars, and workshops by LASALLE faculty, industry experts and professionals, and international guest lecturers, you will be equipped with the knowledge and ability to manage the arts and culture in an ever-changing environment.
1. Global Management of the Arts and Culture
2. Cultural Policy and Leadership Seminars
3. Introduction to Postgraduate Studies
4. Creative and Cultural Industries Seminars
5. Business Strategies for the Arts Entrepreneur
6. Research Dissertation or Research Project Report
LASALLE is a partner institution of Goldsmiths, University of London, renowned for having a creative and innovative approach to arts teaching and research. Goldsmiths has approved LASALLE as an appropriate tertiary institution in Singapore to offer degree programmes leading to Goldsmiths’ validated awards.
All degree programmes offered at LASALLE have been designed and developed by LASALLE to fufill the needs of the creative industries of Singapore and Asia-Pacific. These programmes have been validated through a process of external peer review by Goldsmiths' College, University of London, as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to a Goldsmiths' award.