Aims of the course
The MA is a unique course aimed at those working in, or hoping to work in, the world of arts development and management, museums, heritage and cultural policy. Internationally there is increasing focus on the effective use of culture and heritage in national and regional development initiatives. The course focuses on developed and developing countries and has an international frame of reference.
The course is designed to provide you with a mix of academic understanding of cultural theory and arts policy, as well as the competencies required to manage cultural facilities, attractions and events. The contribution of the arts and heritage to tourism policy and planning and urban regeneration is a particular feature of the course. The department has been a leading centre of training in business and management for over 20 years. Expertise in the rapidly changing and interlinked environment of the arts, cultural tourism and management is of strategic significance.
The course is multidisciplinary and is taught by staff with expertise in cultural geography, management, economics and anthropology, as well as the newer subject fields of arts and museum management, policy studies, leisure, tourism and development studies. The course is supported by the work of the internationally renowned International Institute for Culture, Tourism and Development - one of the leading university research units of its type in the UK - and the Centre for Leisure and Tourism Studies.