Global Arts Management (Level 6 Top Up) BA (Hons)

This one-year Global Arts Management Top-Up programme provides students with a global perspective to work in the quickly expanding and dynamic international markets of the cultural industries.

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Block teaching designed around you

You deserve a positive teaching and learning experience, where you feel part of a supportive and nurturing community. That’s why most students will enjoy an innovative approach to learning using block teaching, where you will study one module at a time. You’ll benefit from regular assessments - rather than lots of exams at the end of the year - and a simple timetable that allows you to engage with your subject and enjoy other aspects of university life such as sports, societies, meeting friends and discovering your new city. By studying with the same peers and tutor for each block, you’ll build friendships and a sense of belonging.

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This course will develop your understanding of academic debates and business management skills as applied to the arts from an international perspective. 

You will develop the practical tools and skills needed to become a leader in key areas of the cultural arena, including theatres, music venues, galleries, museums and festivals. You will learn about political and economic factors in the development of cultural products and services at international, national, regional and local levels. The course structure allows you to develop your own interests and specialise as you progress in your studies.

You will have an opportunity to contribute to the high-profile annual Cultural eXchanges Festival. Previous events have featured inspiring, well-known guests such as Benjamin Zephaniah, Meera Syal and Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

We aim to equip you for a career in this diverse and ever-changing sector, where you will utilise management theory to promote products and realise an artistic vision, mastering the balance between arts and management.

Key features

  • Gain an honours degree in Global Arts Management in one year then go onto study Cultural Events Management MSc.
  • Develop a range of transferable and interdisciplinary skills such marketing and management theory, fundraising, business planning, licensing, health and safety, leadership, collaborative working, programming and cultural policy.
  • Benefit from top-quality teaching by industry experts, thanks to excellent links with leading organisations such as Universal Music and London’s Southbank Centre.
  • Gain practical real-life experience by taking part in organisational and co-creative experiences to develop your understanding of arts management issues, as well as taking advantage of valuable networking opportunities.
  • We have a wide range of contacts with arts organisations including Festival Republic, the Leicester Comedy Festival and Curve Theatre.
  • Our graduates are highly practical individuals who are equipped with business planning, engagement and delivery skills, which are hugely attractive in the arts sector. Graduates hold key positions across a wide range of industries and roles, including The Barbican, Ballet Rambert, Wembley Arena and the BBC.

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The course taught me about arts policies, how to become a professional arts consultant, and how to run an arts company efficiently. The four modules are cleverly designed and interlinked, and each module can be truly implemented for real-life use.

Elena, graduate


  • UK
  • EU/International

Course code: W37541

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: N2V3

Duration: Full-time, part-time

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Duration: Full-time

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for international students: £15,750

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements

This is a top-up programme available to students who have already completed a:

  • Year two (Level 5) of a management or business - related degree course; or
  • HND course in management business; or

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications, providing they have relevant experience to complement their qualifications.


English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




The dissertation is an in-depth piece of original research that allows you to develop your own intellectual interests and abilities. The research area should be related to some aspect of Global Arts Management and should show evidence of research and originality. You will be supported by a series of lectures on research methodology and structuring a dissertation. These will take place during the first weeks of the term in order to ensure that you have the appropriate level of understanding of research methods in order to undertake your dissertation.

You will receive an allocation of tutorial time with an assigned tutor to support the development of your dissertation. You will be advised by your tutor about your research – reading and relevant organisations and individuals to visit and contact – and the writing of the final dissertation.

Block 2: Arts Management Studio

The overall aim of this module is to increase a general understanding of working as an arts manager in current, thriving arts organisations by utilising the richness of the local arts community within Leicester. You will explore theoretical frameworks for understanding the organisational workings of the arts alongside gaining practical consulting experience which will involve building relationships between partners, developing strategic creative aims, and providing actionable opportunities to work side by side an arts organisation. The main module component will include a consultancy-type project involving one of five arts pillars throughout Leicester – engaging organisations with missions and aims geared towards Performing Arts, Dance, Media, Theatre, and Festivals. Its hands on approach is designed to provide students with ‘in-organisation’ and co-creative experience to develop their understanding of arts management issues; with the direct effect of increasing engagement and partnerships with local arts organisations and businesses.

Block 3: International Cultural Policy

This module will provide you with a conceptual and historical overview of the emergence and development of public policies for arts and cultural provision in Britain, Europe and other international countries. Particular attention will be paid to developments in cultural policy-making in Britain since 1979. Theoretical issues and debates concerning the development of public cultural policies will be discussed. The module will also examine current contradictions and dilemmas in cultural policy and provision from a global perspective.

The module includes a focus on arts and cultural industries management and practice in other European and international countries. The assessment for this includes undertaking research remotely into another international country, with the opportunity to visit a major European city.

You will develop your understanding of the role and impact of cultural policy and planning from a pan-European and global perspective, identify and critique the relationship between different attitudes and approaches to the role of culture in society and how issues concerned with national, regional and local history, demography, socio-economic change and identity also influence how aspects of cultural practice are expressed in different countries.

Block 4: Creative Enterprise in a Global Context

This module reflects the changing environment within the arts which places increased emphasis on entrepreneurial skills by requiring you to develop your own idea for a creative business in a global context. The module has a dynamic, interactive delivery that takes you through a series of creative workshops designed to help develop your ideas. You will gain an understanding of the qualities and characteristics that entrepreneurs exhibit, enabling you to create a business plan. Case studies drawn from a global context will be examined to aid you in understanding the elements required to launch a successful global creative business. Your business plan will consider international market segments, customer profiles, marketing strategies and financial planning.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, group work and self-directed study. There is also research trip to a major European city to meet with and learn from artists, cultural organisation and governmental bodies involved with cultural policy.

Assessment is tailored to the module contents and learning objectives and is predominantly coursework – essays, reports, critiques, finance exercises, case study analysis, presentations and a dissertation.

Contact hours

You will normally attend around 8 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 20 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including the Virtual Learning Environment, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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Cultural eXchanges Festival

DMU’s Cultural eXchanges Festival, run by our Arts and Festival Management BA (Hons) students, features a variety of guests and speakers from the cultural and creative industries and previous guests have included: Germaine Greer, Honor Blackman, Alastair Campbell, Nitin Sawhney, Andrew Motion, Alan Yentob, Alan Moore, Meera Syal, Ben Okri, Louis De Bernieres, Trevor Nelson, Grayson Perry and Matthew Bourne. Participating in the Cultural eXchanges Festival provides an additional insight into interacting with artists, audiences and communities from different cultural backgrounds.


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

Students have visited Copenhagen to experience the city’s cultural and historical performance landscape, as well as Amsterdam to meet with cultural sector policy makers, leaders and practitioners to discuss digitalisation at the Van Gogh Museum and music licences at the Paradiso live music venue. 


Graduate careers

There are many career opportunities open to our graduates from arts organisations to the events and festivals industry to even working in film and TV, including roles such as:

  • Managing Director of Full Circle Events
  • Artist Liaison Manager for Save the Children
  • Graduate scheme with the prestigious Ambassador Theatre Group
  • Graduate internship with the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing
  • Head of Collections and Paintings at Paintings in Hospitals

Other graduates have gone on to set up their own businesses, thanks to the entrepreneurial skills gained on the course.

You will also have the opportunity to go onto study Cultural Events Management MSc at DMU, gaining two degrees in two years.

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