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. It is for those who aspire to deepen their understanding of and positively shape the arts and cultural sectors by enabling long-term, sustainable and innovative growth. This course is aimed at people 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.
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, research methods, personal leadership, 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. 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 transferable skills that are transferable to the workplace.
The Executive Master in Cultural Leadership is now open for applications. The course has one intake at the beginning of each calendar year. Early admission deadline is 30 June 2020 and general admission deadline is 30 October 2020. 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
Membership of the Royal Academy’s private club, the Academicians’ Room
Access to a selection of VIP events and activities
• 18 months, starting at the beginning of the calendar year
• On average 6 days every second month
• Early admission deadline: 30 June 2020
• General admission deadline: 30 October 2020