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Master of Business Administration (Arts Management) - MBA

Why study this course?

The MBA (Arts Management) offers you the opportunity to develop your expertise as a business manager and leader in the arts. Studying with both The Cass and the Guildhall School of Business and Law, you'll benefit from the unique collaboration of an established business school and a multidisciplinary arts community.

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The MBA (Arts Management) provides the opportunity for you to develop your understanding of key business functions whilst also developing your role as a leader in the arts. The course is located jointly at the Guildhall School of Business and Law and The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. This unique collaboration offers you the opportunity to learn alongside business leaders from other sectors, while being immersed in the Cass’ multidisciplinary arts and design community, with its strong emphasis on practice, live projects and social engagement.

Embedded within the MBA programme are the principles of ethics, responsibility, inclusion, diversity and business sustainability. The Arts Management pathway extends these core principles to interrogate the roles and responsibilities of the future arts organisation. The MBA Arts Management will help you to foster the skills and critical insight to imagine new directions and create new communities for the arts. Within our vibrant community of creative practitioners, you'll be encouraged to explore the management of the arts as a creative practice in itself.

The course offers you the opportunity to consider structures of governance within arts organisations. It practically addresses issues of funding and development and provokes topical questions regarding the organisation’s relationship to artists, performers, makers and educators.

Research skills training will equip you to lead strategic research into the performance of organisations, the nature of audiences and theories and strategies of engagement. Studying at The Cass, you'll benefit from proximity to creative and participatory research methodologies undertaken across subject areas. The Cass is widely recognised for its engagement with communities and there is a strong emphasis in our work on socially engaged architecture, art and design applied to both local and global contexts. The course will enable you to draw on this thinking and practice to enable your own career and the organisations and communities with whom you work.

Who is the the MBA Arts Management for?

You might be a senior figure in a regional arts institution, part of the team leading a small community arts trust, the director of a private gallery, leading the development and delivery of arts events, or working in the management of a museum or heritage body.

From these and many more diverse positions in arts management, you want to nurture audiences and acquire the skills for effective and responsible management, and to develop sustainable organisational structures.


You'll be assessed through individual and group presentations, essays, case studies, reports, research proposals and a final project in the form of a research report.

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline. In addition to this, you'll need at least two years
  • postgraduate experience in a managerial role within the arts. Evidence of this will need to be confirmed by two letters of reference
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

A full university application form will need to be submitted which includes a detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to- date CV and copies of award certificates

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modules include:

  • Understanding Audiences (pathway module)
  • Governance, Policy and Funding (pathway module)
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • People and organisations: principles and practices in global contexts
  • Marketing, Marketing Communications, and Operations
  • Management, Learning and Research
  • Business Research Project

Graduates of this course will be equipped for management and leadership in public and private institutions across the arts. Institutions and activities might include galleries and museums, charities and NGOs, regional and national arts councils.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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