Arts Funding and Policy: Making it Happen - ART526

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15)







This module will look at arts funding policy and public funding structures for the arts, including the formation of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the Arts Council and its various models of operation since 1947 through to the present. This will serve to place productions from across the arts within the context of who makes policy and how it is formed, while acting as an introduction to arts funding and the application and measurement process. Students will gain an understanding of the structure of central, regional and local government in as much as they affect the arts. Trust and Foundations that support and nurture the arts are also explored in the context of how these can supplement and develop productions. Sponsorship and commercial involvement is looked at in the ways that this can be integrated into the package.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 264
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Research Essay of 2000 words: 20%
Group Presentation: 20%
Virtual Funding Application: 40%
Seminar Log and Contribution: 20%

Indicative reading

Byrnes, William. Management and the Arts. Oxford: Focal, 2014.
Carey, John. What good are the arts? London: Faber, 2006.
Harvey, Adrian. "Funding Arts and Culture in a Time of Austerity." Arts Council England. April 2016. (accessed August 16, 2016).
National Campaign for the Arts. "Arts Index 2015." The Guardian: Cultural Professionals Network. 17 March 2015. (accessed August 16, 2016).
Norton, Michael, and Mike Eastwood. Write Better Fundraising Applications. Fourth Edition. London: Directory of Social Change, 2010.
Powell, David, Christopher Gordon, and Peter Stark. “Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital: A contribution to the debate on national policy for the arts and culture in England.” 31 October 2013. (accessed December 20, 2013).
The Arts Council England. “The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society.” 2014. (accessed September 20, 2014).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate a systematic understanding of the structure of the arts funding system and its history;
- demonstrate a systematic and conceptual understanding of the structure of central, regional and local government in as much as they affect the arts;
- demonstrate a systematic and conceptual understanding of the development of arts funding policy and an appreciation for the aims and objectives of arts funding;
- deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry, and devise and sustain arguments by critically evaluating and understanding the component parts of a bid for funding;
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables the student to solve problems and use ideas and techniques to develop an arts funding application.

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