Master's Degree in Arts and Cultural Management

Type of programme
Official masters
2 semesters
€120.00 / ECTS x 60 = €7,200.00 (+ €480.00 Admissión Fee). *Prices corresponding to the 2021-2022 academic year.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm
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Accredited Master’s degree

A university master’s degree with official recognition.

Professors and lecturers who are active in their profession

You will learn from professors and lecturers who work in the cultural sector and are directing innovative and creative projects.

Skills for your future

We place an emphasis on entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation skills, which are key for the cultural managers of the future.

Professional work placements

You can gain work experience in institutions such as Sónar, The Project, the MACBA museum, Instituto Cervantes, the AECID, the CCCB, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, La Fura dels Baus, the Modernist Museum, Art Barcelona, Sala Hiroshima, Mercat de les Flors, the Catalan Cultural Foundation or Cercle del Liceu, etc.

Special visits

You will learn about managing institutions such as the Gala - Salvador Dalí Foundation, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, CaixaForum, the Liceu Theatre, the Palau de la Música, etc, through talks from their directors and management teams during special visits to the facilities.


You will attend lectures with international professionals such as Beatrice Burrows, from Tate Modern; Jasper Parrott, an international cultural manager, and Krzysztoff Zanussi, a Polish film director.


2020-2021 academic year 20th edition

The UIC Barcelona's University Master's Degree in Cultural Management takes a practical approach and has a strong international outlook. Start your education as a cultural manager and position yourself in an emerging sector which generates jobs involving projects with an international impact.

At UIC Barcelona you will take a comprehensive look at the work processes of cultural services and products from an entrepreneurial perspective. You will look in greater depth into the work dynamics of the two specialisation tracks: visual arts and cultural heritage or creative cultural industries and you will acquire a polyvalent, multidisciplinary profile.

The classes will alternate with study visits, where you will have the opportunity to visit cultural institutions and facilities and learn from the people running them. You will also have access to master classes and workshops given by national and international experts. 

 * This Master's Degree is an official postgraduate qualification which has been adapted to the European Higher Education Area regulations, with an assessment carried out by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya) and the National Evaluation Agency for Quality and Accreditation (ANECA). .



The UIC Barcelona gives you the tools you need to become a cultural manager.

The objectives of the master's degree programme include:

  1. To offer a reflection on the theory of culture in the 21st century and its social effects.
  2. To provide instruction about the characteristic features of local, national and international cultural policies.
  3. To teach students how to analyse a society's cultural fabric and prepare a diagnosis of needs and opportunities.
  4. To ensure students can apply management tools to the subjects of financing, financial management, human resources, marketing, communication, scheduling and production in relation to cultural events.
  5. To encourage the acquisition of personal entrepreneurial skills.
  6. To provide instruction about the specific management requirements of each cultural areateach students to evaluate cultural projects and programmes.
  7. To immerse students in professional reality.
  8. To introduce students to professional practice.
  9. To encourage a sense of social responsibility and ethical commitment.

Who It Is Aimed At. Incoming Student Profile

This master's degree is for you if you have a university degree and are interested in analysing the challenges involved in cultural management.

Competencies. Outgoing Profile

It will provide you the skills and competences specific to cultural management, among which the following stand out::

  1. Analysing a society's cultural fabric and preparing a diagnosis of needs and opportunities.
  2. Designing, scheduling, managing and assessing cultural projects.
  3. Creating, managing and leading interdisciplinary human teams.
  4. Attracting and managing economic resources in relation to cultural projects, companies and institutions.
  5. Designing marketing and communication strategies in the area of culture.
  6. Being familiar with and applying new technologies in the process of cultural management, production and dissemination.
  7. Encouraging a sense of social responsibility and ethical commitment. 

Academic accreditation

UIC Barcelona Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management

Course directors and coordinators


Dr. Marta Crispí Cantón

Academic coordination

Naghieli Amarista

Study programme and subjects 2020-2021

Subjects in course 1 Type Term ECTS
Cultural Institutions and Policies Type: OB Term: First term ECTS: 3
Cultural Marketing Type: OB Term: First term ECTS: 3
Society and Culture in the 21st Century Type: OB Term: First term ECTS: 3
Tools for Managing Culture Type: OB Term: First term ECTS: 3
Creation of Cultural Entities Type: OB Term: Second term ECTS: 3
Cultural Communication Type: OB Term: Second term ECTS: 3
Funding for Culture Type: OB Term: Second term ECTS: 3
Legal Aspects of Arts Management Type: OB Term: Second term ECTS: 3
Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 9
Audiovisual Industry Management Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Cultural Heritage Management Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Exhibitions Management and Curatorship Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Performing Arts Management Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Publishing Industry Management Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Visual Arts Management Type: OP Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Leadership, Culture and New Technologies Type: OB Term: Third term ECTS: 3
Cultural Project (TFM) Type: TF Term: Annual ECTS: 12
Work Experience Type: PR Term: Annual ECTS: 12
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System
  • Term: calendar period
  • (a): subjects which are taught in English


UIC Barcelona has a wide-ranging work experience programme which covers more than 270 cultural institutions and companies in Barcelona, Spain, and other parts of the world. They have very interesting profiles including small and large companies from all cultural sectors.

The internship is based on an agreement between the University and the companies. See below for a few examples of the companies which partner with the Master’s in Arts and Cultural Management programme in UIC Barcelona: 

Prácticas en empresas del Máster Universitario en Gestión Cultural de UIC Barcelona


The objectives of the work experience are:

  1. To understand how entities or companies that offer products or cultural services work.
  2. To understand the overall process of a cultural product or service.
  3. To join a team and learn the dynamics of the company or institution.
  4. To manage an aspect or part of the project or service according to predetermined targets.
  5. To analyze and reflect on work experience, and make a critical assessment of the work carried out.


Internships are one of the cornerstones of the curriculum in the Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management. They allow students to temporarily work for a company or cultural institution while applying the knowledge acquired throughout the academic year and while developing the professional competences which are specific to cultural managers.

This compulsory work experience is awarded with 12 ECTS and is equivalent to around 250 / 300 hours of work to be carried out during the academic year or the summer holiday. The internships’ coordinator will supervise that the work plan be related to the Master’s objectives and that the students acquire the learning outcomes related to cultural management. At the end of this period students will present a report which will contain a description of the work they undertook as well as a critical evaluation of their own performances.

It is highly recommended that the student have a B2 level of Spanish in order to guarantee a good internship experience in Spain. Students will have to take a Spanish test and according to their level the university will suggest the appropriate course. This service is available at the UIC Barcelona. The level of Spanish is not mandatory but it may delay the search process.


Professional opportunities

UIC Barcelona commitment is to provide students with the best education possible. Students who complete the Master's Degree in Arts and Cultural Management will acquire the skills required to work in the following areas:

  1. Managing cultural projects in public administration (at a local, district, regional or state level) or in multipurpose administration centres: the government, museums, theatres, cultural centres, multicultural centres, etc.
  2. Os involved in international and cultural cooperation, etc.

Prerequisites & admissions

Entrance Examinations

Specialised entrance exam, once all required documentation has been received and approved. 

Admission criteria

While all candidates who meet the access route requirements will be considered, acceptance will be determined based on the following criteria:

  • Personal academic transcript of the earned degree
  • Professional and academic CV
  • Admission test
  • Personal interview

Grants & financial aid


Master's Degree

  1. What are ECTS credits?
    ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits are the units used to quantify all the activities the students carry out during the learning process: theoretical and practical class hours, study hours, seminars, homework, work experience and projects, exam preparation and exams or other tests. Each ECTS credit is equal to 25 hours of work.

  2. What is an Official Master’s Degree?
    An Official Master’s Degree is a postgraduate qualification that is valid throughout Spain and in all European Union countries that are part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). To gain access, participants must hold an undergraduate degree, diploma or equivalent or bachelor’s degree awarded under the new higher education system. 

    The University Master’s Degree in Cultural Management at UIC Barcelona is an official postgraduate qualification that has been adapted to European Higher Education Area regulations and whose quality has been evaluated by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya) and the Spanish National Evaluation Agency for Quality and Accreditation (ANECA).

  3. What is the difference between the Master’s and postgraduate degrees in Cultural Management, Museum and Cultural Heritage Management and Cultural Industry Management?
    The University Master’s Degree in Cultural Management at UIC Barcelona has a heavier course load and workload. As a result, it provides a more comprehensive overview of cultural management and also includes a Final Master’s Degree Project and work experience. 

    The postgraduate degrees, thanks to their reduced format, are a great option for people who work and study or who are taking other courses. They are intended for students with a bachelor's degree, undergraduate degree or diploma, who are currently working and who wish to further their knowledge of key aspects of cultural management. The subjects that make up the curricula of the various postgraduate degrees are also part of the Master’s Degree curriculum. 

    The University Master's Degree in Cultural Management at UIC Barcelona is an official postgraduate qualification adapted to the regulations of the European Higher Education Area. Postgraduate degrees are, throughout the EU, specific to the universities that teach them.

  4. Is work placement compulsory? Can I have my professional experience recognised?
    Work experience is one of the pillars of the University Master’s Degree in Cultural Management’s curriculum, as it facilitates students’ integration into a company or cultural institution, enables them to apply the knowledge they acquire during the academic year and helps them develop the professional competences required of a cultural manager. 

    Work placement is compulsory. It is worth 12 credits and is equivalent to approximately 250 / 300 practical hours, which may be completed during the academic year or over the summer (before the end of November). In Spain, work placement is usually unpaid.

  5. Do I need to speak Spanish or Catalan to do work placement in Catalonia?
    The official languages of Catalonia are Catalan and Spanish, though the vehicular language of public institutions is primarily Catalan. UIC Barcelona recommends that you have knowledge of and learn both languages. Students interested in doing work placement in Catalonia must acquire at least a B2 level of Spanish between October and January of the year they take the Master’s Degree. Otherwise, the coordinators of the University Master’s Degree in Cultural Management will be unable to guarantee you a work placement agreement in Catalonia.

    UIC Barcelona, through the Institute for Multilingualism, offers both on-site and online Spanish and Catalan courses outside the Master’s Degree timetable.

  6. If I enrol in the Spanish edition of the Master’s Degree, can I still choose optional subjects from the Master’s Degree in English and vice versa?
    Students may choose three optional subjects, regardless of whether they correspond to the Spanish or English edition. These subjects may not be chosen in the event they occur on the same date and time.