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Arts and Cultural Leadership (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree
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1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

Through the MA Arts and Cultural Leadership, you will engage with a diverse network of partners to understand and shape the role of arts and culture in society.

You'll examine international perspectives on arts and cultural management and leadership to explore:

  • ethical decision-making
  • governance
  • organisations and roles
  • marketing
  • fundraising
  • audiences
  • project management and evaluation

Issues of sustainability, equity and belonging, and social justice are embedded throughout the exploration of these topics.

The course is balanced between collaborating with external partners and working independently to pursue questions and methodologies relevant for your research and career specialisms. Based in a vibrant and creative art school environment, you will have access to digital resources to develop academic and professional skills.

Through the option module, you will be able to make interdisciplinary connections and extend your specialism.


  • Involvement of the University's art and cultural sector organisations as core partners
  • Co-design a live project with members of our partnership network
  • Work with researchers who are leading projects and publishing in a range of arts and cultural sector specialisms
  • Study visits to explore how arts and cultural leadership management issues and practices are engaged with in different contexts

The critical analysis and applied practice of cultural leadership is not confined to specific modules, as we integrate these elements across the whole programme.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Dan Ashton, Associate Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries at Winchester School of Art. He has worked in partnership with a range of arts and cultural organisations on public exhibitions, teaching initiatives, and research bids.

Visit Dr Ashton's profile to find out more about his work.

Course location

This course is based at Winchester.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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