In 2018, during our 250th year, we launched our first ever Executive Master in Cultural Leadership, in partnership with Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
This unique Executive MA is designed for a generation of leaders who want to bring a rich understanding of culture and creativity to their own organisations and aspire to positively shape the arts and cultural sectors by enabling long-term, sustainable and innovative growth.
Taught in London, Maastricht and Brussels, the course has been jointly developed by the RA and Maastricht University. Balancing an understanding of the arts and culture alongside arts business and management, over eight intensive taught modules you will explore critical perspectives in arts and culture, art business, art law, technology and innovation, collecting and collections management, exhibitions and temporary events.
A further special module is focused entirely on leadership, providing personal leadership development tailored to each student’s ambitions and goals. Keynote lectures from inspirational leaders run throughout the year. Finally, a dissertation thesis or professional project will allow you to apply your learning to real-world scenarios and develop skills that are transferable to the workplace.
The Executive Master in Cultural Leadership is now open for applications. The course has one intake per year in January. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis. Places are limited and we will not accept further applications once all the spaces are filled. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.
Whether you are looking for a career change, or time and space to think and learn, this programme offers a full range of opportunities in the art world and creative sectors. This MA is aimed at those who are looking to develop their business and leadership skills, as well as those who want to enrich their understanding of how culture and creativity can inform and rejuvenate their practice.
Our network of academics, scholars and art-world professionals will guide participants in deciding which career and organisation is best for them, as well as providing advice to entrepreneurs who want to set up their own business.
Language of instruction
Master of Arts
Fees do not include travel or accommodation throughout the course, although we can recommend suitable options.
Students on the Executive MA in Cultural Leadership will enjoy:
Access to the resources of both the RA and Maastricht throughout the course
Visits to international art events including Frieze, TEFAF and BRAFA
Internships with leading arts and cultural institutions
Membership of the Royal Academy’s private club, the Academicians’ Room
Access to a selection of VIP events and activities
• 15 months
January 2020 – April 2021
• On average 6 days every second month
• We process applications on a rolling basis