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MA in Arts, Enterprise and Development

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Culture and development is a major new subject of policy and research, much of which is driven by a great challenge — how do we use artistic creativity and cultural enterprise as a force for human, social and economic progress?

Informed by development activity undertaken by international bodies such as UNESCO, the UNDP, and the European Union, this course examines the impact of arts and culture in a range of geographical and cultural contexts in ‘advanced’ and ‘developing’ countries, including post-communist societies, religious republics and conflict zones and in small-scale local economies.

You’ll consider the rights and wrongs of using arts and culture in local and international development, and explore how we can use arts and culture to further social justice as well as economic growth. Working collaboratively in cross-cultural teams, you will identify development issues, formulate solutions, devise
projects and construct professional proposals.

The programme equips you with a critical overview of the values and theoretical frameworks in the field; enables you to conduct systematic research into cultural enterprises and their contribution; supports you to critically reflect on their significance; and develops your own vocational direction and capacity for active involvement in development projects.

Application Fact File

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a humanities, media, business or related subject

English Language Requirements

Band B - IELTS 7.0

If you do not meet the English language requirements set by the University, and you are offered a place on the course, your offer will be conditional upon attending a pre-sessional English course.


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Application Deadlines

Places on postgraduate taught courses are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

If you are an international applicant and need to obtain a student visa, you will need to leave plenty of time for this process.

For this reason, international applicants must submit their application by 31 July for courses that begin in September. If you are a UK or EU applicant, there are no deadlines for applications to postgraduate taught places.

Tuition Fees

(2016/17 rate)

Home/EU: Full-time £7,780, Part-time £3,890

Overseas: (band 1) Full-time £17,500, Part-time £8,750

Overseas: (band 2) Full-time £22,340, Part-time £11,170