Learn what it takes to be a leader in the arts and culture sector, and benefit from the Royal Academy’s 250-year legacy as a leading art institution.
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, Maastricht and Brussels. 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.
The Executive Master in Cultural Leadership is now open for applications.
There is one intake at the start 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.
Meet the course leaders and hear participants describe the programme and its highlights in this short video.
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, 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 during the programme.
Visits to international art events (these have included Frieze, TEFAF and BRAFA).
Membership to the RA’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
• Date to be confirmed with applicant
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