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Arts Management (Certificate of Higher Education)

This Certificate of Higher Education in Arts Management will teach you about managing arts and media organisations, including film and TV, museums, galleries and theatres. It is ideal if you are interested in the role of the arts in contemporary society, how arts organisations are funded, the best way of staging different types of production, and coming up with the policies that best guide all of these activities.

You'll learn how arts organisations are managed, how policies are conceived, how press campaigns are organised, and how arts programmes are devised and evaluated. You'll also develop a better understanding of equality and access issues and of the post-war history of the arts.


  • We bring theory and practice together in courses that will challenge you intellectually while equipping you with the practical skills you need to pursue a career in the media and cultural industries.
  • Birkbeck was ranked as one of the top four universities in the UK for its Art and Design research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

On successful completion of this Certificate of Higher Education, you can progress onto our BA Digital Media and Creative Practice and BA Theatre and Arts Management.

Course structure

To gain the Certificate of Higher Education you must register on and successfully complete four individual Level 4 modules worth a total of 120 credits.

Module groups

You can take these modules as part of this certificate, or as standalone short courses.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    You should have some experience in at least one of the arts sectors (for example in dance, drama, film, mime, music, puppetry, video, visual arts, television and radio, or writing) in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

    All modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you need help, Birkbeck offers a range of academic English and language development modules.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the UK and you do not already have residency here, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration: Student visa
    • Courses of less than six months' duration: Standard Visitor visa

    International students who require a Student visa should apply for our full-time courses as these qualify for Student visa sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Student visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

    Please also visit the international section of our website to find out more about relevant requirements by country.

  • Fees


    Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose. 

    Please note: if you intend to study this certificate part-time and fund your studies via a student loan, this may affect your entitlement for future full-time funding. Find out more about funding your studies with a student loan.

  • Teaching and assessment


    Classes are taught by arts and cultural industry professionals. Teaching will include lectures, group work, presentations, seminars, discussion, independent study, role play, guest lectures and gallery or arts organisation visits.


    100% coursework.

  • Careers and employability

    Careers and employability

    Graduates can pursue careers in journalism, media or education. Possible professions include:

    • arts administrator
    • museum/gallery curator
    • multimedia specialist
    • community arts worker.

    We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol onto individual modules (rather than onto the entire programme of study). Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see class dates and times and to enrol.