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Cultural Management
Bachelor of Culture and Arts, 240 ECTS

Bachelor of Culture and Arts

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Leena Björkqvist
Head of Degree Programme in Cultural Management
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FI-00079 Metropolia
Course Structure Diagram

Specific admission requirements

No specific admission requirements

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

With regard to the recognition and accreditation of acquired competencies, Degree programme in Cultural Management adheres to the following principles: Transfer of credit is possible when the student has completed studies generating similar competencies at some other institute of higher education. Studies at a university of applied sciences can also be completed by demonstration. This can involve earlier studies or work experience. Students can receive accreditation for work placement completed in another institute of higher education if this work placement meets the objectives set for work placement in the current degree programme. The thesis cannot be completed by demonstration. The thesis also does not earn credit for another degree.

Qualification requirements and regulations

Completing the degree requires 240 ECTS credits specified in the curriculum.
See the Degree Regulations of Metropolia UAS:

Profile of the programme

The Cultural Management programme is focused on creative industries and business skills. The aim is that the student becomes an expert with good practical skills of basic processes needed in the cultural production and at the same time unique expertise. Personal study plans are tailored for each student.

Key learning outcomes

Competence in a cultural operating environment:
Students are familiar with current trends in culture and arts, as well as their historical background. Students are able to identify and analyse cultural phenomena and their personal relationship with them. Students are able to analyse the professional field of culture, and to follow it through the media, studies and public debates. Students understand and are able to utilise the structures of cultural administration and politics. Students understand the different operating models of the public, third and business sectors, and are able to outline their future development. Students are able to analyse and develop their professional identity as a cultural producer.
Business competence in cultural production and management:
Students are familiar with financial planning, budgeting and financial monitoring, and understand the legislation related to their field. Students are able to seek funding for and implement a cultural product. Students know the basics of marketing and communication from the perspective of cultural production and management. Students know how to productise a concept profitably in the creative industries.
Competence in production processes:
Students are able to create multiprofessional networks and to organise and lead production processes in the cultural sector. Students are familiar with the different stages of project organisation, planning and implementation in the cultural sector. Students are familiar with the legislation related to cultural production and management, and are able to apply their knowledge in production work. Students possess the communication and media skills required in the field. Students know the basics of production engineering and media technology, and are able to apply their knowledge in production work. Students are able to study and develop different stages of the production process.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

Cultural managers are art and business experts who make cultural projects possible. They are responsible for smooth running of a cultural event or service. They make sure that it is well planned and professionally carried out, and it reaches its customers and achieves the objectives. Cultural managers graduated from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences work in occupations that focus on cultural industries, production processes and organising for example as event of festival managers, event production companies, advertising and media sectors, music business, cultural export, cultural and leisure organisations, public sector cultural occupations and cultural entrepreneurs.

Access to further studies

- Eligible for polytechnic specialisation studies
- Eligible for second-cycle polytechnic studies with at least three years of relevant work experience
- Eligible to pursue university studies; in individual cases access to second-cycle university programmes (based on the decision by the receiving institution)

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Each course has own examination regulations and foundation of grading that is specified in the curriculum.

Graduation requirements

Graduation requirements: All studies passed.

Mode of study

The curriculum of cultural production consists of 30 credits of themed study modules, which in turn consist of 5 to 10 credits of courses. Hands-on projects strongly linked to cognitive skills are emphasized in the degree program. The topics vary each year. The first year of studies focuses on the cultural project management. The studies will be conjoined together in the autumn by preparing the manual for the productions, which is carried out during the spring semester. The second year extends the acquired knowledge by seeking new cultural production partners. During the third year, the individual skills are strengthened through minor subjects and advanced professional studies. Last year, the students will demonstrate acquired knowledge and integrate it to work life in the form on internship and thesis.
Autumn 1: Cultural project management 30 cr
Spring 1: Working in the field of culture and cultural event- / service production 30 cr
Autumn 2: Cultural producer as a social actor 30 cr
Spring 2: Business based cultural services 30 cr
Autumn 3: Secondary subject 30 cr
Spring 3: Strengthening cultural managers professional profile 30 cr
Autumn 4: Internship 30 cr
Spring 4: Verification of the professional skills 30 cr

Level of qualification

Bachelor's Degree (First Cycle)

Workplacement(s) and Work-based Learning

The studies are implemented with diverse co-operation with working life. Studies include a 30 ECTS work placement which can also be divided in two 15 ECTS work placements. Studies include 10 ECTS Innovation Project and 20 ECTS other practical projects in working life and initiatives.

Obligatory or Optional Mobility

Students have several opportunities to apply for international student exchange through Erasmus programme. The recommended time for exchange is the 3rd year of the studies.