Organisation of Studies

The Master of Arts in Cultural Management is a tailor-made programme for anyone interested in becoming a member of an international network of cultural and arts managers.

Our studies are organised to allow you to balance your studies with your work life. The courses are designed so that you have the opportunity to use a variety of non-traditional learning tools and methods. Although strong academically, our programme relies heavily on connecting real-life experiences, learning by doing, experiential learning, future design, design thinking and challenge-based learning. We put a strong emphasis on learning from each other, building a community of learners and using a feedback loop to improve learning experiences and strengthen the ownership of learning among our students.

Studies for each new group of students will commence at the end of August. The programme will take off with an intensive learning seminar organised outside Tallinn to immerse all the new students in the working culture of the programme. These 4 days are dedicated to building strong commitment to the programme and each other and enable studentship and community building. (See here for a glimpse of the activities from the previous bootcamp).

Usually, the intensive learning seminar takes place in the centre of Tallinn, at the EAMT building or at Estonian Business School. The schedule for each semester is announced at least a couple of weeks before the beginning of the semester via email and on our website.
Throughout the semester, studies are organised into the following components:

I Intensive learning seminars: Comprises lectures with a variety of lecturers, facilitators and instructors, group work and time to work on your projects. Each intensive learning session lasts 4 days and usually takes place during the 3rd week of the month.

II Individual work: After each intensive learning seminar, you are expected to work on your projects and integrate the topics and insights gained during the intensive learning seminar, as well as run through individual assignments. This is the time for working at your own pace with the material received during the seminar as well as doing your own research for your focus project. (4th week of the month)

III Online courses and study visits: The second week after each intensive learning seminar is dedicated to online learning, some courses are offered during these weeks in online e-learning environments. Alternatively, extra seminars, for example, elective courses, study visits, fieldwork etc. could be organised (1st week of each month)

IV Working with a mentor and your team: During the third week you will once again integrate the topics learnt during the intensive learning seminar and individual learning week with the help of reflection partners: group work peers and mentors. The time is used to work on your focus project and to prepare for the next intensive learning session (2nd week of month).

Studies are organised as a combination of obligatory and elective courses, each within four-week cycles.The first year ends with a defence of your solution(s) within your focus project, the design and content of which will integrate the application of knowledge, skills and tools gained throughout the year. The project is presented to the committee and will be evaluated based on pre-existing criteria.

As a rule, the first three semesters are quite intensive, following the learning cycle explained above, while (apart from a couple of seminars), the fourth semester is allocated for you to work on your MA thesis.

The second year starts with an intensive period – the international study visit – usually lasting one week and taking place abroad. During the study visit, we explore and learn while conducting fieldwork – visiting cultural organisations and also running our own small research project on-site. (see here for glimpses from our previous study visit to Liverpool).

As part of our individual approach to all students, you may be eligible for advanced standing in recognition of previous studies and work (VÕTA programme).

We believe in students taking ownership of the learning process; therefore, our programme emphasizes facilitating extracurricular activities such as work placements, study visits, cultural intervention organisations within EAMT and beyond, free elective courses outside our programme and abroad, volunteering, and participation in conferences. For all of these, there are funding schemes available (on application) but it is your initiative to make full use of these options.


*The “Discover, Define, Dvelop, Deliver” figures are based on Framework for Innovation – Design Council and licenced under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.