Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Arts and Cultural Management 1: Theories and Perspectives

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit presents students with aspects and theories of arts and cultural management. The arts and cultural sector in Europe has been expanding rapidly and many are now seeking specialised professionals in the sector. Managing the arts is today considered as a specialised field of study and requires particular attention in academia.

The skills required by arts administrators are different to those by managers in other sectors: in that arts, managers practise within a context midway between artists, the arts, and people following works of art. From cultural policy to contemporary arts, from cultural management trends to arts funding opportunities, the study-unit provides students across disciplines with a sense of the practicality of how to deal with life after university. The study-unit includes an element of fieldwork to enable students to experience practically some of the perspectives being studied. Although students interested in developing their practical and theoretical knowledge of the subject will be able to do so in THS3107 (Arts and Cultural Management 2: Placement), this study-unit can also be taken independently.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims at introducing students to basic management theories whilst addressing specific cultural sector needs offering training and development for the cultural industries. The study-unit will also introduce students to policy, strategy, and management development. Management theories by major exponents in the area, such as Peter Druker, Edward Debono, Charles Handy, will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the difference between managing the arts and other sectors of society or industry;
- Identify the context of cultural industries and how to organise the development and growth of arts and culture within it;
- Gain an understanding of the basic theories in relation to arts and cultural management and how these are related to society and everyday life.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate communication skills in writing and in debate;
- Apply basic theories to real scenarios;
- Develop and monitor plans and how to be prudent in managing resources;
- Demonstrate skills in how to attend to the tasks at hand according to the contexts and situations within which they are operating.

Main Text/s:

- W. Byrnes, Management and the Arts (Burlington: Focal Press, 2008)
- G. Hagoort, Art Management Entrepreneurial Style (Utrecht: Eburon Publishers, 2004)
- McGuigan, Rethinking Cultural Policy (Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2004).

Supplementary readings:

- S. Drew and R. Bingham, Students Skills Guide (Hampshire: Gower, 2004)
- A. Littoz-Monnet, The European Union and Culture: Between Economic Regulation and European Cultural Policy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Davinia Galea

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