Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
In Barcelona (Spain)

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  • Higher Secondary
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The UIC University Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management is an official postgraduate programme adapted to the guidelines of the European Higher Education Area which has undergone a thorough assessment of its quality. The programme provides comprehensive instruction in the area of cultural management. This Master’s Degree programme combines theoretical reflection on the relationship between culture and society and the role of the cultural manager, with a practical approach based on the experience of lecturers coming from many different areas of cultural management: public administration, the private sector, cultural heritage and museums, the performing arts, music, etc. The programme provides students with the tools they need to work in a wide range of areas within the world of culture.This programme’s quality has been evaluated by the Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU Catalunya) and the Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA).Both are members of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and issue independent reports on curricula, lecturers and the organisation and fulfilment of the programme’s objectives in accordance with rigorous international standards.Students must obtain a total of 60 ECTS in one academic year. These 60 credits are distributed between theory classes, a group project and 300 hours of compulsory work experience.

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Where and when

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Immaculada, 22, 8017, Barcelona, Spain
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What you'll learn on the course

Cultural Management
Legal Aspects
Identity and Culture
Culture and Development
Cultural Communication
Cultural Studies
Visual Arts Management
Audiovisual production

Course programme

Course Curriculum

Tools for cultural management (3 ECTS)

This course offers practical knowledge of the methods and tools necessary for managing cultural activities and institutions, while helping to develop the students’ capacity to apply these resources to solving specific problems through dealing with them appropriately and thereby improving the decision-making process.

Legal aspects of museums, foundations and cultural companies (3 ECTS)

Museums and foundations which manage museums have acquired a great social importance based on the varied range of cultural, social and financial activities they offer. At the same time, it is clear that States have great interest in regulating the different cultural manifestations carried out within their territories and there are therefore a number of legal regulations governing this area. As a consequence of these two factors, cultural managers must not only be aware of the importance of the correct management of museums, institutions and cultural companies, but also know about legal aspects with regard to matters related to administration, taxation and copyright; these aspects are covered in this course.

Society and culture in the 21st century (3 ECTS)

We study topics such as:

  • Identity and culture
  • The impact of globalization on culture
  • Culture and conflict
  • Culture and Development

It also highlights some of the keys to understand what is the culture and its role in today's society. On the other hand, explores the genesis of the concept of cultural manager and proceeded to define its role in the knowledge society.

Cultural and institutional policies (3 ECTS)

This subject focuses on identifying the institutional and organisational framework of cultural action. Students will look at how the different public and private agents intervene in the industry and analyse the planning process through which cultural policies are adapted to meet objectives and later become projects, programmes and specific actions.

Cultural financing (3 ECTS)

The objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools for cultural management, with a specific focus on financial matters. To this effect, students create, execute and reconcile budgets and study the main aspects of outturn accounts, balance sheets and other important areas of finance within companies. Students also learn about the tools and main legislation that a cultural manager needs to be aware of, such as taxation, funding, contracts, etc.

Cultural marketing (3 ECTS)

In a highly competitive and globalised environment, knowledge of the market, the competition and the client has become essential in guaranteeing the sustainable success of a company. As a result, the field of application for marketing has become more prominent, taking on greater relevance and increasingly affecting all actions carried out by the company. For this reason, people who wish to make a career in cultural management have to be aware of marketing strategies in order to ensure their cultural proposals stand out from the rest.

Cultural communication (3 ECTS)

The culture and the media have a relationship is not always easy. This course is studied from a theoretical and practical point of contact between the two social realities. The sessions are taught by communicators specializing in cultural issues from both media and cultural institutions. At the same time, and are provided are exercised, through case studies, instruments and communication skills necessary for the successful dissemination of goods and cultural events.

Creation of a cultural company (3 ECTS)

This subject enables students to develop the skills and abilities needed by a cultural entrepreneur, applying the knowledge acquired in other areas to the creation of cultural companies. Creating a company requires a rigorous analysis of the environment, identification of the target public, definition of the product that will be offered by the company, adequate internal organisation and the development of strategic communication and marketing plans. It is based on learning how to develop a real business plan, something that is essential for consolidation and positioning within the cultural industry.

Management of visual arts (4 ECTS) only in Spanish

This subject deals with the specific management of museums, foundations and cultural centres which offer artistic and historical materials. The administration of museums is complex and requires a clear definition of the concept of the museum itself and the function in serves within its immediate environment. The main objectives of this course are to impart knowledge relating to the theoretical bases of museology and museography, and its application based on analysis of museographic projects.

Management of cultural heritage (4 ECTS) only in Spanish

This course provides the basic conceptual and methodological bases for the planning and management of heritage projects relating to the fields of diffusion, leisure and tourism, areas of high demand in today’s society.

Exhibitions: Management and Curatorship (4 ECTS) only in Spanish

This course is intended to provide the necessary tools for organising temporary and permanent exhibitions in museums or cultural centres, while focusing on the design and practical application of policies to diffuse visual arts, whether arising from government administrations or art galleries and other organisations or institutions within the art market.

Management of the publishing industry (4 ECTS)

This course offers a highly practical vision of this important industry. The objective is to provide the necessary tools to ensure the successful publication of books aimed at the mass market, covering all aspects of the project, from the selection of the manuscript and intervention with the authors, to production, marketing, sales, media diffusion and results.

Management of the audiovisual industry (4 ECTS)

The objective of this course is to analyse the nature of audiovisual products with cultural content, company dynamics and the new visual digital culture arising from the evolution of the Internet, mobile phones, virtual reality, etc. This course offers students a conceptual base with regard to the traditional audiovisual industry, while provoking reflection about the current and future evolution of this medium.

Management of performing arts (4 ECTS)

The objective of this course is to train versatile professionals capable of planning, managing and evaluating public and private policies in the scenic and musical arts industry. The course aims to provide students with specific knowledge of the methodology applied to cultural management of the scenic arts industry and the organisation and programming of musical and theatrical performances and concert series and seasons.

Work experience (12 ECTS)

Work experience programme in companies and organisations within different cultural industries.

Cultural project (12 ECTS)

Development of a cultural project based on theoretical sessions and group tutorials.

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