• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

    1 year part-time

  • Attendance:

    1-2 evenings a week and some Saturdays (daytime)

    October to June

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

If you are interested in increasing your knowledge of the arts sector, your project management skills and your understanding of arts education and marketing principles - or if you simply wish to have a creative and critical environment in which to develop your own project ideas - then this year-long, part-time programme is for you.

How to apply

Application deadlines and interviews

We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.

Online application

Arts Management (Graduate Diploma) (Part-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Ideal for those wishing to develop their professional skills in arts management and those preparing to study arts management at MA level.
  • Teaching is by practitioners and academics actively working in the arts.
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the sector and the main issues facing arts managers today.
  • Discuss the social context of the arts today, while developing skills and creating project proposals.
  • We offer a range of resources and student support to help you while you're studying with us.
  • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

Course structure

You take 3 compulsory modules.

Arts Management and Arts Policy in Context is taken in the autumn term, Understanding Audiences is taken in the spring term and Creative Practice is taken in the summer term.

Compulsory modules

Entry requirements

You need to have successfully completed a Level 4 course (or international equivalent), such as a Certificate of Higher Education or Foundation Degree in a relevant discipline, or to have a BA/BSc in another subject or relevant work experience.

Accreditation for prior learning or experience may be considered, especially for applicants with an employment portfolio in arts management.

Applicants will be assessed from their application form and by a short interview and written task.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue careers in education, museums/galleries, and the creative arts. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or arts administrator. This degree may also be useful in various roles in the creative industries, as well as in becoming a community arts worker or multimedia specialist.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment


Sessions are based around project development workshops, discussions of reading and case studies, and group work. Site visits, lectures, guest speakers, group activities, student presentations and tutorials will all be used to create a varied learning experience.


By coursework. For the Arts Management module this will be two 2000-word critical essays; for the Understanding Audiences module a 2000-word arts education project, 1500-word marketing plan and 10-minute oral/visual presentation; and for the Creative Practice module a 3000-word project proposal and 10-minute presentation.

These forms of assessment will be used to develop and assess your critical abilities, writing skills, public presentation skills, creative thinking, and awareness of logistical and practical considerations, as relevant to the identified key skills of an arts manager.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further study, we offer an MA Arts Policy and Management, available by part-time or full-time study. Students who gain a distinction in the Graduate Diploma are guaranteed an interview for the MA programme.