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Wolverhampton School of Art

Leadership in the Arts and Cultural Sector

Postgraduate Credit Part-time 9 weeks

This is the credit-bearing route for the Arts Connect Leadership Development Programme.

This is the credit-bearing route for the Arts Connect Leadership Development Programme.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award Postgraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (9 weeks)
  • Campus Location Arts Connect
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

This is the credit-bearing route for the Arts Connect Leadership Development Programme. It’s a closed course for participants in the Arts Connect Leadership Development Programme only.

This programme is a leadership development programme specifically designed for arts and cultural sector professionals working in learning and engagement.

If you a leader, or an aspiring leader, working with or for children and young people in arts and cultural organisations then this programme will help you.

We see leaders in the arts and cultural sector as people who:

• Influence the direction of the work they and others provide for children and young people

• Create ideas and motivate others to join in and commit to their project

• Devise learning programmes for children and young people

To achieve the high quality work they deliver for children and young people they also:

• Manage teams of workshop leaders and artists

• Manage freelance staff

• Develop relationships with partner organisations to achieve common aims

• Develop and manage relationships with funding organisations and sponsors

And undertake many more tasks which require leadership skills.

Are you delivering, or you aspire to del some or all of the above activities?

If so this programme is designed to give you the support you need as a leader or aspiring leader in the arts and culture learning and engagement sector.

What happens on the course?

You will:

  • Develop personal leadership and organisational effectiveness
  • Develop and deepen self-awareness and awareness of others to build productive relationships
  • Understand the broader context for Arts and Culture in the region and build networks to benefit the sector and children and young people.

The programme will develop learning and engagement professionals who want to be:

  • More influential in their current work and make a bigger impact
  • Confident in their own leadership potential
  • Aspire to inspire and lead in the sector
  • A part of a wider regional network.


Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The learning activities in each session will include listening to and reflecting on the learning from presentations by the course leaders. This will be balanced with workshop activities to embed the learning such as role play, undertaking self-assessment tests, working in pairs to share understanding and expertise.

Guest speakers from the Arts and Cultural Sector will contribute to Session 3.

Where possible we will invite students to special events to hear from guest speakers who are national leaders in the sector.


Upon completion you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of leadership through influence and a critical awareness of current leadership models in the Arts and Cultural Sector. Apply your knowledge and understanding of leading through influence and use the management frameworks, tools and techniques to be more impactful in your work.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the most relevant leadership models in your art form or cultural sector ( e.g. visual arts, performing arts, heritage, libraries), and critically review their efficacy and applicability in supporting you in your professional practice as a leader in the arts and cultural sector.

3. Demonstrate self-direction through integrating your knowledge and skills developed in the leadership programme to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

4. Undertake self-assessments of your preferences and styles of leadership and influence, plan for effective interventions and assess the extent to which you are able to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations that help you achieve your objectives.

Students require a Bachelor’s Degree and two years’ experience of working in the arts and cultural sector

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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