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Who is the course for?


A good masters course will cultivate a range of fundamental skills, required in most industry sectors: teamwork, project management, report writing, researching, and analysis. However, the MA in Arts, Enterprise and Development offers specific application to the field of development.

  • International Development (global organisations, NGO’s and third sector organisations)
  • Development work in social communities and local economy.
  • Cultural development in the arts sector or arts organisations.

The MA in Arts, Enterprise and Develpment is also directly relevant to:

  • Entrepreneurialism in the cultural sector (cultural leadership; initiating projects or programs; devising new organisations).
  • Enterprise and start-ups in the creative Industries (communications, design, media)
  • Consultancy work; digital worker, artist, curator; teacher, writer.
  • Heritage; Cultural Tourism.
  • Museums and galleries and other public institutions.
  • Mainstream social, religious, community, or political leadership – NGO, charity, human rights, trades union organisations.

Special Features

You will be based in a Centre that has a range of successful Masters programmes. You will therefore have the opportunity to opt for modules that focus on creativity, management or marketing in Term 2. You can also opt for your course-specific Project in Term 3, Social Innovation and Sustainable Community, testing your real-world enterprise skills.

Where will it take you?

During your studies, you will decide on your professional pathway. Your Major Project (your last course submission) will give you the opportunity to develop your expertise and make contact with your chosen field. You may want to work in a large international organisation, local government or community, or you may be an artist or entrepreneur wanting to devise your own business or organization.

Graduates from the Centre's MA programmes have taken up managerial roles in a wide range of public and arts organisations, government and third sector, national or local broadcast media, small creative enterprises, design, advertising, branding, marketing and communication, public relations, media production, publishing (print and digital) and media research. Our graduates fulfill a variety of roles from junior management, production management, project management, assistant executives, creative directors, account managers, editor communications consultant.

The course is also an excellent platform for PhD study if you are considering a research career in academia, research consultancy or industry.

We maintain close links with Centre alumni who regularly notify us of job opportunities and work closely with advisors in the University Careers Centre who also offer specialist workshops and advice sessions.