This degree is designed to develop the core skills and knowledge often required by managers in the arts and cultural sector. We aim to enable you to develop an understanding of the environment within which cultural and creative organisations operate and identify the issues that influence them.
In the second term you will conduct a creative industries research project with fellow students. Through a brief agreed with a supervisor, you will have the opportunity to carry out a piece of research focusing on a particular issue relating to the sector or an issue relating to a particular organisation. Through planning, delivering and reflecting on your project, you will have the opportunity to explore environmental factors influencing creative arts organisations, whist developing skills in interpersonal working, negotiation and team working.
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a creative arts, social science or management background
We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.
English Language Requirements
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum score of 6.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.
If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.
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You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Arts Management Practice
The module introduces you to the role of management in arts organisations and the systems and processes that are present in these businesses. We will explore the different challenges that arts organisations face and reflect on the implications that this has for traditional management concepts.
Creative Industries Research Project
The Creative Industries Research Project offers students a flexible opportunity to engage with the professional creative industries, either by conducting research in collaboration with an organisation, or by undertaking research into specific issues facing the creative industries.
During the summer term, students undertake a research-based dissertation, which will allow you to carry out an in depth study and produce an extended piece of work that is typically between 12,500-15,000 words.
This research-based dissertation will allow you to identify a topic that you wish to explore in-depth; this may be focused on a significant issue or issues that has impacted on the sector or specific industry.
Research theory and methods
This module covers general topics such as; the research process, different approaches to research, project planning and management, ethical issues, data collection and analysis, and subject specific research methods.
Strategic Thinking in Creative and Cultural Industries
This module is an introduction to the UK cultural landscape and key themes in the arts and creative sector. It provides an understanding of the environment within which arts organisations operate and the strategic challenges they face. We will consider how business strategies are developed and implemented in this sector and develop a critical understanding of the environment that arts managers and leaders work in.
Environmental Crises and Societal Change
In times when hope and fear about the environmental crisis alternate in our minds, when social and political change play havoc with our interpretation of the historic worlds we inhabit, it is crucial that we examine critically and creatively the ways and means by which such a crisis has come into existence. To do so the module will build bridges across disciplines.
The module combines a place-based approach (Lancaster, the Morecambe Bay, and the Lake District) and an analytical focus centred on the dissonance of temporal scales. We seek to answer two questions in close dialogue with students:
- To what extent is the dissonance between the different timescales of the natural system, the social and built environment, and the human imagination a contributing factor to political inaction and cultural indifference?
- In what ways can we better integrate these timescales while retaining the rigour, criticality, and creativity of the disciplines used to study each?
The module will explore topics such as tidal systems, coasts and estuaries; floods; the rise, fall and rebirth of ecclesiastical institutions; ruins; transport infrastructures; memory; art, environments, and citizenship; and e-trading.
This module is designed to enable you to explore your values, attitudes and interpersonal skills and to provide a platform for your continuing personal development. You will be introduced to concepts relating to self-development and reflective learning in order to identify your interpersonal and team-working skills.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.
Scholarships and bursaries
At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small College Membership Fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2023 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Fees in subsequent years
The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.
The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.
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