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Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy PGCert

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Study mode

Part time


7 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Non Profit Organisations: Management Community Work Enterprises Art

Course type


Course Summary


Specially designed for arts fundraising and philanthropy professionals, this responsive course will give you a deeper understanding of your professional practice and its place within the arts and cultural sector. You'll explore topics such as the history of philanthropy, cultural diplomacy, change and crisis management, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity.

This course is led and coordinated by academic staff with significant industry experience, who are assisted by expert freelance tutors and senior arts consultants. Throughout, you'll reflect critically on your work-based learning and learn how to apply relevant theories to your everyday professional practice.

Learning and teaching

The course begins with attendance at the National School and is then delivered through dedicated webinars and online tutorials, as well as individual online supervision. You will connect your learning to your professional practice via a reflective process in the workplace supported by mentoring.

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 takes place via a group presentation (produced as part of the National School) and an individual essay (for module 1) and an extended reflective work-based learning report (for module 2).

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.


The objectives of this module are to enable students to: Develop a critical understanding of the emerging field of Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy using a range of theoretical and cultural policy frameworks; Understand and critique related theoretical concepts such as Arts Management, Arts Marketing, Cultural Leadership, Cultural Entrepreneurship and Change Management, and apply them to the field of Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy; Critically investigate contemporary Business and Arts Management theory and models and explore the challenges of applying this to the strategic development of twenty-first century arts organisations.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in an arts or cultural organisation. We may also consider applicants without a degree if you can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience (minimum of 5 years) in an arts or cultural organisation. You must also have successfully completed the National School in order to progress onto this course.

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

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