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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Do you work in arts management and want to take your career to a new level? Designed to fit around your existing work commitments, this practical and relevant PgCert offers a flexible, part-time way to develop your professional skills and knowledge.

Funding, recruitment, sustainability, leadership, international development - there are many burning issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals today. As a professional in the field, what is your best way to engage with them? How can you guide an arts organisation into a successful future in such uncertain times? This course offers a blend of practical project work and theoretical study that will deepen your understanding of modern arts management and equip you with some very useful contemporary skills.

Why QMU?

  • This is a flexible course that lets you develop your skills and gain valuable new knowledge while working.
  • Enjoy the support of staff and encouragement of fellow students. Our small class sizes are perfect for sharing experiences and fostering new ideas.
  • Real-world assignments are designed to develop and consolidate your new key skills.
  • Learn on a campus just six minutes by train from the heart of the world’s greatest festival city.

Course overview

You will complete three modules on this block-taught PgCert, covering topics including fundraising, governance, leadership and finance.
As part of your course you can opt to evaluate a live project you are involved in. You will produce a report that may help evidence, impact and generate future support for your work.

You will also consolidate your new learning with a placement in an arts organisation.

This PgCert also counts as credit towards our MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management. After completion of the block-taught PgCert, you’ll have the option to obtain the MA on a part-time basis the following year through completing three additional modules and a dissertation.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies and projects. Assessment will take the form of essays, reports, exams and presentations.

Placements

We require students to take up industry-based learning positions to assist their learning and to put theory into practice. These opportunities are offered by many of the world-famous organisations that are based in Edinburgh (for example, the Edinburgh International Festival or the International Film Festival).

Careers

You will be qualified for a broad range of management positions within a wide spectrum of cultural organisations and festivals. Previous graduates have gone on to work in theatres, performing arts organisations, galleries, local government and cultural agencies. In addition, many now work in festivals within the UK, Europe and internationally. Potential careers might include producing, fundraising, marketing, programming or audience development, as well as many other roles across the cultural industries.

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    75th

  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

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