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MA in Arts, Enterprise and Development


This new programme has been inspired by the growing global movement for using the arts, culture and creative industries in new policies for Sustainable Development. Culture is a new and major subject of policy and research, promoted through significant projects and strategic development activity by UNESCO, UNCTAD, the UNDP and European Union, and a huge range of development agencies. It is driven by a great challenge – how do we use artistic creativity and cultural enterprise as a force for human, social and economic progress? In practice, this challenge is fraught with questions and difficulties. What counts as ‘progress’? In the past progress has creative huge social inequalities as well as environmental damage. This course therefore aims to capture the excitement and potential of artistic and cultural creativity, but do so critically – understanding the political, legal, ethical and social contexts of culture.

Explore the power of arts and culture

How are the arts, along with creative and cultural enterprise, increasingly used in policy intervention to stimulate social change and economic growth? What are the rights and wrongs of using arts and culture in local and international development? How can we use arts and culture to further social justice as well as new enterprise and economic benefit?

Create new ideas

This programme is about ideas, but also the pragmatic frameworks of cultural and social enterprise. Ideas emerge through the clash between theory and practice. This requires critical thinking, analysis and the ability to research a wide range of case material. We will devise ways of overcoming divisions, crossing borders, and communicating across cultural boundaries.

Learn to innovate

Development is local and global, and requires enterprising people who can think creatively, communicate decisively, and plan change strategically. It will require new models, plans and techniques of enterprise for a range of development contexts – urban or rural poverty, ethnic or religious strife, war, corruption, or even terrorism.

Extend your skills

As a member of an international student group, you will collaborate in cross-cultural teams to identify development problems, formulate solutions, devise and design projects and construct professional proposals. We will study using case study material, learn from the the experience of development professionals, and you will identify and develop your individual areas of expertise.

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