What is the course about?
This course presents a series of examples from arts management projects, aiming to present a broad overview of an MA-style syllabus for those who wish to prepare for future study. Ideal for those already working in arts administration and management who wish to grow their practice and reflect on current theory and trends. In particular, this course will help managers volunteering with local arts organisation to better understand key topics such as funding applications.
What will we cover?
- Typical company structures for arts organisations
- Establishing and managing a Friends scheme for an organisation
- Making an application for charitable status in the UK
- Making an application for funding: a case study and exercise
- Planning and managing an event: a case study and exercise
- Q/A session with a London-based Festival Director or Arts Manager.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- be able to describe in outline several key topics of arts management
- feel confident understanding a typical company structure
- present an application for funding with spoken presentation and written application
- create your own outline plan for managing a typical event (e.g. concert) based on the study of an exemplar.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners, to those in arts administration who are curious and ambitious to learn.
You must have basic computer skills for this course: you will be expected to be able to read Word documents and Excel spreadsheets and to search for information on the internet.
This course has some reading tasks to be undertaken at home. You should expect to join a good local library (e.g. Barbican library) where you can find materials.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is built from combinations of lecturer presentations, question-and-answer, guided listening, video and essay/book study. You will be required to undertake extra reading between classes and suggestions will be made for this. You will also complete two formal pieces of work to be presented in class for the funding application and event management topics. You may also wish to join a good public library where you can extend your reading further. City Lit offers computer and Internet access to students via the Student Learning Centre where you can undertake the short study tasks between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a pen/pencil and a folder to keep your notes and handouts organised. You may also wish to purchase some of the books discussed in class. Links to these materials will be available online after the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is presented as career development. You may wish to focus on particular aspects of your career at City Lit such as IT skills (advanced use of MS Excel in particular), speaking and presentation skills or business studies.