MSc in Arts & Cultural Management

MSc in Arts & Cultural Management

Key points

Devised in order to prepare students for a future career in arts and cultural management, this program provides a unique space for arts and culture enthusiasts to develop the business knowledge and skills to lead organizations effectively and responsibly. Via a multidisciplinary approach, students develop a range of skill sets directly applied to the arts. Core teaching weaves together various approaches to the cultural industries: high-level business management, creative entrepreneurship, art and culture fundraising, event management, and creative marketing.

  • Taught in partnership with IESA, a leading European institution in the field of art management 
  • Awarding of two degrees: an MSc from Paris School of Business and an MBA from IESA
  • A wide-ranging portfolio of specialist courses, arts tracks, core modules, and leadership & professional seminars
  • Multiple business study tours, company visits, and first-hand learning from experts and industry leaders

Duration : 1 year
Total ECTS : 90
Study Mode : Full-time

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Next intake :
January 2023

Following intake :
September 2023

*« Administrateur de projets culturels » - ECAD Consultants - IESA Arts & Culture – NSF 320n Level 7. Registered with the RNCP and as approved by France Compétences on 20/07/2022.

Master degree in Social Psychology from the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

With ten years of professional experience in arts administration and cultural management in the cultural sector, Cynthia Cervantes is the head of the international department of the Institute des Etudes Supérieures des Arts and the head of the arts and cultural management specialization of the MSc in International Management at PSB Paris School of Business.

She teaches project methodology and supervises student exhibitions curated in partner institutions. Mentoring master level students and education management are her key areas of specialization.

The program provides a unique space for arts and culture enthusiasts to develop the business knowledge and skills to lead arts and culture organizations effectively and responsibly. In this multidisciplinary approach, students develop skills across many sectors including fundraising and financial strategy, events management, staffing, and creative marketing.

Gaining first-hand experience is a key component of the MSc program, and thanks to the school’s prime location in Paris, the city becomes your classroom!

You will also participate in three business tours and company visits in other EU cities in order to gain in-depth knowledge of the European arts and cultural markets.

  • Experience total immersion in the arts and cultural industries thanks to business tours
  • Learn firsthand from experts and industry leaders during company visits
  • Expand your professional network

Previous business tours and company visits include: Louvre museum, Versailles palace, Fontainebleau, the Lyon Biennial, the Venice Biennial, TEFAF art fair in Maastricht, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Brussels to name but a few.

Key Points:

  • Emphasis on management and leadership
  • Cross-discipline integration modules
  • Classroom debate, discussion with other experienced professionals
  • Electives with associated business consulting projects

See arts and culture in a different light. Acquire an entrepreneurial perspective in the management of, and advocacy for, arts and cultural organizations. Learn the behind the scenes work and choose to specialize in the art or performing art track.

French expertise for an international career

Immerse yourself in the world’s artistic and cultural capital: Paris. The City of Light provides you with the perfect environment to study for your specialized MSc in Art & Cultural Management.

Thanks to the myriad of astounding museums, galleries, and monuments, the program takes full advantage of the abundant art and cultural life that Paris has to offer.

The MSc program is designed to prepare you to meet the demands of the complex art and culture industry, whilst catering for diverse audiences.

Combining core courses rooted in business practices together with art history and cultural studies, you will be equipped to become a dynamic, innovative and creative business manager in arts and cultural sectors.

All detailed information about the program: prerequisites, objectives, duration, access modalities and deadlines, prices, contacts, used methods etc. ... can be downloaded HERE.

  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management
  • International Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Digital Business
  • Leveraging design for a better growth
  • Communication Skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Leadership 
  • Digital Transformation & Fintech Data Visualization 
  • Purchasing Management: The Difference Between Success and Failure in Business Strategy

Art track

  • Art History - Intermediate
  • Economics of The Art Market & Data Analytics
  • Contemporary Art History
  • Museum, Art & Heritage: Preservation, Law & Policy
  • Mounting Exhibitions
  • Curating Exhibitions
  • Expertise of Modern & contemporary Art

Ethics and Leadership Skills

Be a capable, innovative leader who can navigate increasingly complex environments while advancing the unique role of arts and culture in making a difference in communities. Develop greater confidence in your capabilities and learn how to foster effective teamwork.

Some of the Leadership & Professional Seminars included in the program:

  • Advanced Productivity Digital Tools
  • Career Management
  • Leadership & Management Seminar

Global Awareness and Immersion Skills

Paris is a treasure trove for arts and culture. We give our students access to unlock its value with unrivaled business tours, networking opportunities and activities. Students also benefit from taking modules at leading partner school IESA School fo Arts.

Decision Making Skills

decision making skills

Students engage in a team-based and collaborative learning community to enhance critical thinking and decision-making skills for managing enterprises focused in arts and culture. They also develop competencies in reconciling the artistic, business and social aspects necessary for those working in the field.

Opening the door to a plethora of career opportunities:

Graduates will have the management and strategic thinking skills needed to be successful in this constantly evolving field. They will be wellplaced to open doors and supply the need for creative leaders in government agencies, arts venues, cultural museums, arts networks, and the private sector. Potential positions include:

  • Art Expert
  • Artist Management
  • Artistic Directorship
  • Digital Communications & Marketing
  • Event Production
  • Exhibition Curation
  • Festival Management
  • Gallery Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Revenue Development
  • Special Events Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Theatre Production

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