Cultural management master’s programme is celebrating its’ 20th anniversary

16.09.2022 at 13:00
Chamber Hall

The master’s program educating cultural managers, which started in 2002 at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday, September 16.

More than 90 people have graduated from the curriculum, including managers and specialists of theater, museum and concert institutions, decision-makers in the cultural field, lecturers, producers, editors, etc. both in the public, commercial and third sectors all over Estonia and outside. The interdisciplinary, flexible and international curriculum connects practitioners, experts and academics as well as students from Estonia and many other countries. For the last ten years of operation, cultural organization has been taught at EMTA in cooperation with the Estonian Business School (EBS) on the basis of a joint curriculum. According to the academic leader of the curriculum, prof. Annukka Jyrämä,  the programme follows a challenge-based pedagogy, based on the double diamond model. It enables students to connect theory with practice from the ground up and develop their understanding of how tools, theoretical models and frameworks enable us to analyze and respond to professional changes, trends and innovations.

On the occasion of the anniversary, two books on cultural organization will be presented on September 16 at 13.00 in the EMTA Chamber Hall (Tatari 13). Collection of articles “Managing the Arts IV” is a sequel to the publications “Managing the Arts” (2006), “Managing the Arts II” (2010) and “Managing the Arts III” (2018). The collection analyzes the transformation of the field of cultural organization, looking back at the history of cultural organization with a firm footing in the present and a clear future orientation. This time, the collection, which is published separately in Estonian and English, is divided into four parts, in which the focus is on cultural organization as a field of research, practice and study, and a bunch of contemporary contributions selected from among master’s theses are also presented. The topics discussed in the collection of articles are discussed by several experts related to the curriculum of cultural management  – alumni who today are researchers or practitioners. The round table will be held in English.

A book  for cultural management  academics and practitioners called “Managing Cultural Joint Ventures” will be introduced as well.  The  book  has been  recently published by the Routledge publishing house and it is co-authored by prof. Tanja Johansson,  prof. Annukka Jyrämä and Kaari Kiitsak-Prikk. This book provides an in-depth exploration of two key aspects of managing cultural collaborations: managing the multiple identities of venture participants and managing the diverse images and brand relationships.

EAMT Cultural Management programme is currently hosting its 10th batch of students. The group of 16 students includes citizens of Estonia, Finland, Latvia as well as Azerbaijan, Morocco, South Korea, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. The next admission to the  Cultural Management joint programme (fully in English) will take place in 2023. The admission period for foreign students will begin on January 15, 2023, and for local students on June 6, 2023.

To participate, please register HERE by September 12.


Additional information:

Kaari Kiitsak-Prikk
Head of studies
Cultural Management MA programme
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre