The postgraduate community is a vibrant and welcoming community, comprising around one fifth of the University’s student population across our three sites in Kent.

Professor Susan Millns, Dean of the Graduate College

How do you want to study?


1 year




This course is for artists/practitioners and project managers who wish to develop further knowledge, skills and understanding as confident leaders and managers in the arts.

You'll develop your conceptual and critical skills, which will allow you to engage with arts and management in an insightful way. The curriculum is designed to allow you to pursue opportunities within specialist fields of study, including a placement and undertaking an extensive independent project or dissertation of your choosing.

Entry requirements

BA/BSc degree in any subject at 2:2 or above.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

Honours Degree

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through seminars, workshops and a practical placement. A number of guest speakers/artists/managers will share their experiences and strategies.

The tutor team have a wealth of academic (Reader and Lecturer level) and industry experience too (e.g. business, freelance, commissioned, high esteem, leaders).

There is integration between theory and practice. The ability to gather, synthesise, process and present information/ideas/events/projects in a coherent, articulate manner are the main foci for both practical and written assignments at Masters level.

You will be encouraged to develop project proposals, business plans, marketing material and performance projects/events. The full time programme runs on two days a week (at the moment a Wednesday and Thursday). Commitments will depend on which optional modules are chosen in trimester 2. Students can expect approximately 10-12 hours a week contact in trimester 1 through modules and tutorials. There will be a greater commitment in trimester 2 due to placement and in trimester 3 is predominantly 1-1 supervision for Dissertation/Project and Reflection on Placement modules. Part time students do their Masters across two years and do their placement modules and dissertation in year 2.

There are a number of interdisciplinary professionals working in the School. Here are two examples:

Dr Angela Pickard

Fields of interest:

  • dance (technique, history, sociology, philosophy, pedagogy, aesthetics)
  • interdisciplinary working
  • arts in society (historical/social developments in ballet, modern and contemporary from 16th century to modern day), choreography (mainstream, post-modern and interdisciplinary)
  • pedagogy (creativity, educational theory, learning and teaching methods)
  • Widening participation in the arts

Dr Kristine Sommerlade

Fields of interest:

  • artist development and sustainability
  • dance fitness

There will be an in-depth placement with an arts/cultural organisation as part of this programme where you will develop professional and business skills.

You will be supported in finding a placement suited to your area of specialist interest or practice.

The School of Creative Arts and Industries is a vibrant research community. We have research active staff leading in practice-based and written outputs in a range of arts and industries including games design, media, film, performing arts and music. We have a research seminar series In Dialogue With… and an Embodied Identity research group. There are a number of Masters and PhD students sharing their work. Dr Angela Pickard is editor of the international journal Research in Dance Education.

I've worked with a number of independent and mainstream choreographers in a range of collaborative and creative projects and performances in a multitude of theatres and sites in the UK and internationally.

Dr Angela PickardSubject lead in Dance, Drama and Performing Arts.

How you’ll be assessed

You are assessed through a range of assignments consisting of, for example, written proposals, presentations, learning log/blogs, reflection and evaluation, dissertation, developing a webpage and/or developing a performance project.

Each 20 credit module has an assessment of 4000 words (or equivalent). A 40 credit module (Dissertation/Project) has 8000 words or equivalent.

Coursework - in a variety of forms


Your future career

Here are some possible careers/next steps :

  • Manager with an arts/cultural organisation – programming/curating/event manager/project manager
  • Work for a large/medium organisation eg BBC, One Dance UK
  • Freelance developer of arts/cultural experiences/events
  • Community outreach officer
  • Freelance performer
  • Undertake further study (PhD)

Students that have undertaken this programme have become freelance artists establishing their own companies and events. One Alumni works for the BBC on audience statistics for Strictly Come Dancing. Another Alumni has a freelance career and has worked as an ambassador for Matthew Bourne New Adventures ReBourne.


Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time £4,080 N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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