Cultural Management

Head of Studies: Kristina Kuznetsova-Bogdanovitš, MA
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Academic Leader: Annukka Jyrämä, PhD
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Programme Coordinator: Anna Maria Ranczakowska, MA
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Master's degree in cultural management

In today’s world we need people who can work and understand different disciplines, fields and worldviews. The challenges today need the interdisciplinary perspective. The role of creativity and culture, and ability to co-create is emphasized. We need facilitators that are able to link different parts of society to each other; art and culture have a great capacity to make such connections. Art can connect different types of people, fields and values.  In the master program, we enable the students to learn knowledge and capabilities to take professional role in a rapidly changing society. 

This renewed two year cultural management master program aims to create these highly needed facilitator-managers rather than traditional ones.

The two-year master’s programme in Cultural Management offered fully in English is a joint initiative with the Estonian Business School. The programme is an international, interdisciplinary and student centered with  an emphasis on educating facilitators or mediators to work within cultural fields as well as in emerging positions across different fields.

We provide skills in understanding art and culture and abilities for enabling co-creation. The renewed curriculum is built on challenge-based learning. Each student may bring along their personal challenge or project or will be provided a true challenge/project from academy or from its stakeholders to work and learn with. Challenge-based learning offers many benefits that allow active learning and learning practices, which are aligned with work-life environments. Hence giving at the same time both academic as well as practical skills and competency for the student, by applying the theories, models and tools directly to real life changes. These learning experiences allow students to explore, discuss, and build connections between the models and tools to real-life challenges and projects that are relevant to them. This also provides a stimulating learning environment and access to creative networks. 

The students may connect their challenge/project directly to the thesis work facilitating smooth passage towards deeper academic knowledge. The program fosters academic excellence, building on scientific mindset and research. The strong academic base gives skills of analysis and thinking in holistic manner.   

Master of Arts in Cultural Management offers new insights and ways to build better competencies and abilities through academic knowledge with practical adaptability for all people interested to find new ways of working, connecting art and culture with other fields of life or people interested to work within cultural field. It is ideal for people with an independent spirit, an open mind and willingness to learn.

If you already have an identified project or challenge from, for example current employment, the program gives you an opportunity to finally concentrate on it with the support of teachers, experts and sharing community of students to find solution(s) to it. We have an international community of teachers coming from Estonia, Finland, UK, France and Germany among others.

The active community of our alumni offers an international network of cultural managers to join in. By 2019 the program has over 70 graduates: leaders, managers, consultants, entrepreneurs and administrators, as well as PhD students actively involved in the academic development of the cultural management field on an international level. 

Graduates work in the private and public sector that involves government organisations, universities, theatres, museums, NGOs, foundations and private sector companies. 98% of our graduates are employed in the field of culture and creative industries.

Our networks

The cultural management master programme is among others a member of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) and coordinates the ActinArt network of artistic academies for creative entrepreneurship education. In addition, international internships and exchange is offered via EU ERASMUS and NORPDLUS programs.

Since 2013, the MA programme is involved in developing a novel understanding on the interaction between art and society and increasing the skills and competences of future cultural managers to foster the valuable interface, as well as in the improvement of the societal impact of Higher Education Institutions within the EU funded projects Managing Arts Projects with Societal Impact (MAPSI) and Higher Education Institutions for Societal Engagement (HEISE). As a result of international cooperation within these projects, the Program offers summer schools and innovative courses in online environment.