MA Program in Cultural Diplomacy and International Music

The Institute For Cultural Diplomacy
In Berlin (Germany)

€ 9,000 - (Rs 6,53,732)
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Important information

  • Master
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Credits: 90

The opportunity exists to create a programme to educate professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. These individuals may be involved in planning and co-ordinating the staging of international live events (International music festivals, opening ceremonies for international sports events), recording or broadcast of international music projects (War Child charity, Eurovision Song Contest) or managing long-running cross-border / cross-cultural initiatives (Nerve Centre in Derry, British Council music events). These projects often work across boundaries where trade and political diplomacy have failed, hence retaining communication channels and inter-cultural connections. The emerging professional requires not just an understanding of music and diplomacy but also entrepreneurship, the global music industries, social media communication and distribution platforms, project management, negotiation skills, language skills and team management abilities. In addition to this they may find themselves working with local and national governments.  They should therefore also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and understand the language of policy and exchange.  The work may be focused on raising national prestige on a global stage, social re-generation, multi-culturalism or cultural liaison (or all of these). Projects are likely to require international music project management, enhanced communication (verbal and digital) skills and an understanding of global creative communities. 

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Where and when

Starts Location
On request
207 Ku'damm Karree, Kurfurstendamm, 10719, Berlin, Germany
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Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

The program provides students with expertise in the field of International Music and Cultural Diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena.      The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as online resources including vodcasts, recorded lecturers and presentations.  Additionally, educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Music and Cultural Events, Music industries, Music exchange programmes, Culture, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.

· Who is it intended for?

Individuals studying for the MA will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine strong academic backgrounds with significant work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable*. We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment. * Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrolment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts.

· Requirements

All courses are taught in English, thus an evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants whose mother tongue is not English. If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language and/or have extensive working experience in the English language, a certificate/Document which attests this fact will be sufficient as well.

· Qualification

The University has achieved a prestigious national accreditation for the quality of its Careers Service to students. The University’s Careers Service has achieved accreditation against the Matrix Standard. This external national quality standard for information, advice and guidance services was developed by the Guidance Council. The Matrix Standard ensures organisations review, evaluate and develop their service. It also encourages take up of professionally recognised qualifications and that organisations are committed to the continuous professional development of their staff. Eight performance measures were assessed by the Guidance Council with the University’s provision at its campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley all receiving accreditation as a result.

What you'll learn on the course

Cultural Diplomacy

Teachers and trainers (1)

Academy for Cultural Diplomacy University of West of Scotland
Academy for Cultural Diplomacy University of West of Scotland

Course programme

Trimester 1 (30 Credits)Trimester 1 introduces the students to their pathway route in International Events and Cultural Diplomacy

Mandatory Courses for Trimester One are:
  • Module: Global Music Industries: Creative Economy
    Nature and Structure of Global Music Industries
    Music and Global Creative Economies
    Rise of Music Entertainment and Digital Services
  • Module: Social Media, Manipulation and Impact
    Social media as primacy of networks over hierarchies
    Global Promotional and Online Strategies in Music
    Understanding of the Global Digital Landscape
  • Module: Research Methods
    Research topics
    Quantitative methods
    Qualitative methods
    Analysis and evaluation
Trimester 2 (30 Credits)The main priority of the curriculum for the second trimester is to provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of the history and contemporary practice of Cultural Diplomacy, as well as future applications of the field.

Mandatory Courses for Trimester Two are:
  • The History and Evolution of the Field of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Future Trends in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy
* Elective Courses for Trimester Two, (2 of which each student must undertake), include:
  • Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Case Studies
  • Soft Power, Hard Power and Smart Power
Professional Development Training Program is available as an additional module should the students wish to take this (12 credits)The Professional Development Training Program provides students with the opportunity to apply in practice what they learn in theory in their studies and gain valuable professional experience. The program can be completed simultaneous to the students’ studies or before or after the second semester. The professional development program is designed individually with each of the students and is composed of part or all of the following main components:
  • Research
  • Development of Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
  • Participating in and Contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities and Conferences
Master Thesis (30 Credits)During the second Trimester, students will start preparing for their Thesis, which is due to be submitted towards the completion of the program. Staff from UWS will provide 4-5 lecture/workshops in Berlin to help the students develop their topic in Trimester 2. A supervisor will be provided from either UWS or ICD to work with the students on their dissertation.

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