Examine established notions of engagement and participation in the arts and culture, and discover how to lead and manage a more audience-centred approach to arts management and cultural policy.
The arts have enormous potential to effect positive change in society. However, participation data has uncovered a lack of diversity in the age, ethnicity, education level and socioeconomic background of audiences in the cultural sector, alongside a decline in overall levels of arts engagement.
This course allows you to respond and contribute to the highly topical debate surrounding strategies to increase engagement and participation, while pursuing your own interests and career ambitions.
Through a combination of theoretical analysis and practice-led research, you’ll explore the possibility of creating a more genuinely participatory culture while developing your own skills in techniques and practices of engagement.
You’ll explore theoretical concepts such as co-creation, co-production, and participatory governance, alongside investigation into community and participatory arts practice, the implications of digital engagement, and conceptual design of audience experiences.
Leeds has a thriving cultural scene, and our local connections allow you to work closely with a range of partners including Leeds Playhouse, Phoenix Dance Theatre, the BBC, Leeds City Council, the National Science and Media Museum, East Street Arts, Transform Festival, and many other local arts and community organisations.
This course will prepare you very well for employment in areas such as cultural policy, arts management, arts marketing, audience development, and arts education.
You’ll study compulsory modules in participation, audience engagement, and research perspectives which are designed to give you a solid base of theoretical knowledge and high level research skills.
You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules from within our School and the wider University, giving you the ability to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career ambitions.
As you progress through your studies, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in an independent research project on a topic of your choice.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
A bachelor undergraduate degree with a 2:1 (hons) or higher. We may also consider applicants without a degree if you can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications - contact us for more information.
This course comprises a balanced mix of teaching and learning methods, including interactive lectures, small group seminars, small group tutorials, practical workshops, industry visits and case studies.
By the end of the course you should be able to demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to audience engagement and cultural participation and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the disciplines.
Assessment will comprise a balanced mix of formative and summative activities, and a balanced mix of assessment modes which are likely to include the following: individual or small group presentations, written reports, academic essays and an extended individual research projects/theses.