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Arts, Enterprise and Development - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

This unique programme will give you the opportunity to explore the use of the arts and cultural approaches to local and global development challenges. The course examines the impact of arts and culture in a range of contexts in ‘advanced’ and ‘developing’ countries, including post-communist societies, religious republics and conflict zones, and in small-scale local economies. The course is informed by the activities of international development bodies such as UNESCO, the UNDP, and the European Union.


You will consider the rights and wrongs of using arts and culture within such contexts and explore how they can be used to further social justice as well as economic growth. You will develop your vocational direction and capacity for active involvement in development projects.

Core Modules: 

  • Major Project
  • Culture in Development
  • Arts, Community and Enterprise

Optional Modules:
You will also complete three Optional Modules from a list available to all taught Masters students within Centre in order to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the Optional Modules available please visit the Centre’s website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

You will learn in an international environment through interaction with academic experts, guest speakers and industry practitioners. The core modules are taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and student-led presentations and discussions. These sessions are complemented by self-directed learning and access to resources and activities in a virtual learning environment. Depending upon your selection of Optional Modules you will also have the opportunity to apply your learning in a professional context.

The course is designed to facilitate participation and critical self-reflection. The course will enhance your research, writing and communication skills through guided and autonomous reading, group projects, presentations, case studies, reports, critiques and assignments that may require engagement with audio-visual technologies.

The course is assessed through coursework rather than formal examinations. Assessment strategies are designed to test the widest range of skills. Written assignments come in a variety of forms: essays, case studies, evaluations, reports, proposals, portfolios and business plans. These are complemented by group presentations and tasks, team building exercises, and creative and practical projects. The culminating assessment of the Major Project represents a significant body of research and writing on a topic of your choice supervised by an experienced researcher.

Graduate Destinations:

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Large and small scale development aid agencies, charities, projects, the United Nations, consultancies, community arts and the cultural and creative industries.

Work Experience Opportunities:

The Core and Cultural and Social Innovation Modules involve development projects with local arts organisations, and will offer you the opportunity to produce a project or event with social and cultural development objectives. Our programme of guest speakers and careers support will give you insights into current practice and the many opportunities available to you.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

School of Theatre and Performance Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.