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Audiences, Engagement, Participation MA

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Performing Arts (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

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 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 interact 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.

Flexible study options

We offer part-time, PGDip and PGCert options for this course, allowing you to study in the way that best suits you.

Learning and teaching

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.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

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.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you very well for employment in areas such as cultural policy, arts management, arts marketing, audience development, and arts education.

Modules

This module provides students with the theoretical and methodological knowledge that will enable them to carry out an independent piece of research in the field of Performance and Cultural Industries.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£20,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A bachelor undergraduate degree with a 2:1 (hons) or higher. You may have a degree in a relevant subject, including: Business, Fine Art, Theatre, Politics, Sociology, Heritage Studies, media, journalism. Any social sciences or humanities degree subject is suitable for entry providing there is evidence of a passion for, and commitment to the course. Applicants must demonstrate understanding of the course by responding to the five questions in the personal statement section of their online application. Applicants without a degree may also be considered, if they can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience.

Department profile

Studying a taught postgraduate degree in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries allows you to deepen your knowledge of a subject, specialise in a particular area or take a new direction. Our Masters courses prepare you for both the world of work and further study. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and expertise to become an active agent within the cultural and creative industries sector. You'll leave with the potential to challenge...more