Learn what it takes to be a leader in the arts and culture sector, and benefit from the Royal Academy’s legacy as a leading art institution since 1768.
Our 18-month Executive Master’s programme brings together cultural leaders, practitioners and academics to give you a 360 degree view of this global industry. Developed jointly by the RA and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, it provides participants with insights into arts business and management, along with critical perspectives in arts and culture, art law, research methods, personal leadership, technology and innovation, collecting and collections management, and exhibitions and events.
Designed for working professionals, the programme comprises week-long sessions in London and at Maastricht University campus. A thesis or professional project will allow you to apply your learning to real-world scenarios, and a study trip also complements the taught courses. Participants can draw on the resources of the RA and its unique location surrounded by auction houses, commercial galleries and neighbouring collections.
Throughout, our network of professionals, academics and scholars can help participants take ownership of their cultural leadership development and goals, and guide them in career choices, as well as provide advice for entrepreneurs who want to set up their own business.
Due to Covid-19, we are accepting late applications for our 2021 programme. Places are limited and we will not accept further applications once all the spaces are filled.
Language of instruction
Master of Arts
Minimum Requirements Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent
Proficiency in English
At least five years’ work experience after BA
Fees do not include travel or accommodation throughout the programme.
Students on the Executive MA in Cultural Leadership will enjoy:
Access to the resources of both the RA and Maastricht during the programme.
Visits to international art events (these have included Frieze, TEFAF and BRAFA).
Access to a selection of VIP events and activities.
• 18 months, starting March 2022
• On average eight days every three months
• General admission deadline: 5 December 2021
• Date to be confirmed with applicant
Meet the course leaders and hear participants describe the programme and its highlights in this short video.
A unique and fascinating programme; grab every opportunity to learn more and get to know all the different aspects of what it takes to be a cultural leader