MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise - HKU SPACE: Arts Management, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship courses
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Arts, Design & Culture Arts Management

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise

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Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom
Course Code
Application Code
Start Date
07 Jan 2023 (Sat)
2 years
Course Fee
HK$175,000* (Payable in four equal installments)
*The tuition fee is subject to annual review.
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Deadline on 21 Jul 2022 (Thu)
2910 7607 / 2910 7604
2520 5481

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise is the first-of-its-kind Master's programme offered in both London and Hong Kong by Central Saint Martins, a leading institute in arts and design education for 150 years under UAL, a world Top 2 university for art and design.  

Acknowledging the need for multi-skilled individuals who can both generate ideas for original arts and cultural events, and provide leadership for the teams that realise them, the programme targets at graduates with some work experience who wish to challenge themselves by developing innovative approaches to arts management and cultural production. 


The programme aims to equip you with the knowledge, cognitive and practical skills which will enable you to develop expertise as cultural producers within a fast-changing, globalised cultural economy.

It achieves this by establishing a framework of learning that will enable you to interrogate and understand cultural policies and governance, and through a pedagogy based on collaboration and peer-to-peer learning.

You will extend and expand your understanding of the value of culture and creative content within a business framework in today's multi-national cultural economy and how this varies across the globe.

Ultimately, the programme aims to enable you to step up to challenges in the next stage of your career within the creative industries, and to lead teams effectively, in order to realise ambitious creative and cultural events and projects across different media, platforms and countries.

Programme Highlights

  • This MA programme is offered by Central Saint Martins, a leading institute in arts and design education.
  • Moving away from a focus on practice or artefact, employability and enterprise are embedded within the programme. You will learn not only how to manage creativity, but also how to bring creativity to cultural and arts management. Alongside critical and creative thinking, you will acquire business skills, which are highly attractive to potential employers.
  • The programme offers you a valuable platform to expand your professional and intellectual network with peers and professionals in the arts and cultural sectors, particularly attractive to those who wish to take their careers to the next level or prepare a career shift into the related sectors.
  • You do not need to give up work or care duties in order to enrol on the programme. MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise is an innovative degree applying a blended learning approach, designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst undertaking employment, by attending face-to-face and online classes taught by CSM faculty, supplemented by face to face/online seminars and workshops led by HKU SPACE academic staff.
  • You will have an access to global-local experiences from CSM faculty who are active in the field of arts management, and from local academics and industry practitioners in arts, cultural and creative sectors.
  • The programme is not bound by the walls of a classroom. We will draw upon our location in the heart of the city to attend arts and cultural events, and meet professionals working in the arts. Equally, you are encouraged to apply your learning to your own, individual, professional contexts and may choose to pursue a practice-based final project.

Learning Outcomes

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise acknowledges that we are living in a fast-changing, globalised world, which presents a great number of opportunities and challenges for cultural innovation. This MA programme takes these changing conditions as a starting point to engage you in developing new knowledge and skills in order to manage cultural projects in Hong Kong, China, the UK and around the world. It has been developed specifically in response to an increasing need for multi-skilled individuals who can both generate the ideas for original arts and cultural events, and provide leadership for the teams that realise them. These individuals will be dynamic, responsive, fluent in public and private sectors, and have the ability to collaborate and develop networks.

The programme is aimed at graduates with some years of work experience who wish to challenge themselves by gaining a critical understanding of our world today as well as skills in the design, planning and production of creative events in the broadest sense. Focusing on the core capabilities of CSM, and its central role in the future of arts and other creative industries, it will offer you insights into aspects of cultural policy and governance, an introduction to business skills and processes, and strategic planning, which will equip you to shape creative futures. It will encourage radical thinking, based on creative research, analysis, and a deep understanding of the value of the cultural economy, and its role in creating cultural capital, to the wider economic, political and social environment in which it is located.

Application dates of each admission round: 
Main Round: 21 July 2022
Clearing Round: 30 November 2022
* Applications will be considered only if there are vacancies after the Main Round.

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This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Programme Structure

The entire programme comprises seven modules (180 credits in total), to be completed in two years.

Year Module Title Credit
Year 1 Researching Arts and Cultural Enterprise 20
  Practice, Policy and Markets 20
  Contexts – Local and Global Challenges 20
  Arts Entrepreneurship 20
  Business Models and Planning 20
Year 2 Business Models and Finance (cont'd)
  Focus: Social Impact and Innovation 20
  Dissertation or Live Project 60

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A lecture by Charlotte Bonham-Carter (26 mins)


Teaching Mode

The programme has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. The programme operates through a blended-learning delivery model, by means of face-to-face and online teaching in a two-year period.

Peer and collaborative learning is fundamental to this model, and is achieved through a series of lectures, seminars, webinars, group tasks and workshops, as well as practice-based project developments in the realm of cultural production, enabling you to create networks that we hope will last well beyond your studies.

  • Learning will be conducted in the form of online learning, support and feedback by CSM faculty members, as well as face-to-face seminars and workshops led by HKU SPACE academic staff and industry practitioners throughout the remainder of the module.

The COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong is in a state of flux. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that all classes will be delivered in their intended mode, protecting the health and safety of students will be our top priority. Given that the situation is still fluid, we will adopt a flexible approach to the scheduling of MA ACE programme. Please do understand that we will move to online teaching if face-to-face classes are suspended. The Programme Team will announce detailed teaching arrangements to students in advance of the class.


You will receive Learning Plan well in advance of each module, describing all details including topics, modes of study, teaching schedule, assessment criteria and reading list.

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Upon satisfactory completion of all seven modules, students will be awarded the Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Enterprise degree from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

You will have to pass all modules to gain the MA. However, your award classification is based on your achievement in Module 7 (Dissertation or Live Project) only.

Career Opportunities

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise aims to prepare graduates for the next step in their careers, whether that be a management position or a role within a leading team in the field of arts and cultural production. The entrepreneurial spirit of the programme might also encourage some graduates to set up their own company or creative practice, or to work as a consultant.

Other areas of employment that this programme might lead to include cultural institutions such as museums, theatre companies, cultural and live events companies and orchestras, broadcasters and publishers. Governance, policy and communication positions are also within the remit of the programme. Overall, the programme prepares graduates for careers where culture, economy and policy come together.

Specific roles a graduate might fulfil include: festival director; event manager; cultural sector entrepreneur; senior manager within an arts institution or organisation; cultural policy adviser within government; arts and community engagement adviser within a corporate enterprise; consultant to creative sector venture capital funds and angel investors (investors from the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors).

Applicants should:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree in Art, Design, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, or other areas of Creative Practice such as performance, or equivalent, awarded by a recognised institution;


(b) have at least two years of relevant work experience.

Applicants with qualifications from a university or comparable institution within/ outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or assessment is not English, are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain a score of 7.0 in IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test); or to obtain a score of 100 in TOFEL iBT (with a minimum of 20 in each sub-test). For details, please refer to this link

Please contact the Programme Admission Team directly via email at if you have further questions.

Candidate Selection

As prospective entrepreneurs and creative strategists, applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • they are comfortable with taking risks;
  • they can learn from failure;
  • they are inclusive and understand the need to embrace diversity.

Applicants should

  • have the ability to think in abstract terms about planning, management, and resources;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • be numerate, and display some experience and understanding of logistics and strategic thinking;
  • be team players and builders, not competitive individualists;
  • demonstrate a collaborative mind-set and an ability to negotiate roles within multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams;
  • have a basic level of computer literacy (much of the course is delivered online; you will be given guidance on the virtual learning environment, but you will need to have the computer skills necessary to participate in online learning).
Application Fee

HK$300 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$175,000* (Payable in four equal installments)
    *The tuition fee is subject to annual review.

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Application Form Application Form for MA ACE

Enrolment Method


When to apply  |  Supporting Documents  |  Interview  | Candidate Selection (in "Entry Requirements" session) | Notification  |  Financial Assistance  |  Additional Notes to Non-Hong Kong Resident Applicants 

When to apply

Please note that this programme begins in January. To ensure that your application can be assessed by the Admissions Committee, you must submit all required supporting documents by the relevant application deadline.  

Application dates of each admission round: 
Main Round: 21 July 2022
*Clearing Round: 30 November 2022
*Applications will be considered only if there are vacancies after the Main Round.


Enrol online or in-person by downloading the application form and the original and photography of your supporting documents to our HKU SPACE Enrolment Counter. Alternatively, you can send your application to

 If you wish to submit your application by post, please send it to:

19/F, Island East Campus
494 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong
(Application for MA ACE)

Supporting Documents

  1. Copy of your HKID card / Passport's photo page with a valid visa label 
  2. Academic transcript(s) and graduation certificate(s), if applicable (with certified translations in English where appropriate*); 
  3. Copy of IELTS / TOEFL test score report(s),# 
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  5. Personal Statement (not more than 300 words):
    - Why do you wish to study in this programme?
    - What are you doing at the moment (professionally or personally)?
    - How do you see MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise impacting upon your career/ personal development?
    - Bearing in mind the importance of collaboration and peer-to-peer learning in this programme, what skills, experiences or personal attributes would you contribute to the MA group?
  6. Study Proposal (not more than 800 words):
    - Describe your research interests and 1) a topic within arts and cultural enterprise which you would like to investigate at postgraduate level or 2) a new approach to cultural production, which you would like to put into practice
    - Explain how the programme would assist you in approaching your research and/or applying strategies of cultural production in your practice

We confirm the receipt of each application to each applicant via email. Applicants will receive an application acknowledgement email within two weeks of submission. Please note that all documents, once submitted, will not be returned, and will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.

* Transcripts, diplomas, and other submitted documents which are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation in English. Certified translation may be provided by applicants’ home institutions.
# Applicants with qualifications from a university or comparable institution within/ outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or assessment is not English are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain a score of 7.0 in IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test); or to obtain a score of 100 in TOFEL iBT (with a minimum of 20 in each sub-test)


Shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend interviews in August (main round)/December (clearing round). Depending on the location and the availability of the applicant, s/he may be asked to attend an in-person or a phone/video interview.


Applicants will be notified the application results and will via email by September/December. Admitted applicants will be required to accept the offer and pay the non-refundable deposit/ tuition fee within ten days.


Students are eligible to apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) administered by the Hong Kong Government Student Finance Office (SFO). The maximum amount of the financial assistance under ENLS is the total tuition fee(s) payable in the 2020/21 academic year. A life-time loan limit is imposed on each student eligible for receiving loans under the ENLS. The loan limit will be price-adjusted annually in accordance with the Composite Consumer Price Index. The life-time loan limit is HK$383,500 for the 2020/21 academic year. 

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Additional Notes to Non-Hong Kong Resident Applicants

To study in Hong Kong, all non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, except for those admitted to Hong Kong as dependants, who do not need prior approval before taking up full-time and part-time studies.  Non-local applicants issued with a valid employment visa also do not need prior approval to pursue part-time studies. It is the responsibility of individual applicants to make appropriate visa arrangements. Admission to a HKU SPACE academic programme/course does not guarantee the issue of a student visa. Applicants may wish to note that part-time courses are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes except for self-financed, part-time locally accredited taught postgraduate programmes awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

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Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) brings together, in a single federated structure, six of the most famous art and design colleges in the world. It comprises Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins (CSM), Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Arts. Each has its own distinct approach, its own national and international reputation and its own established links with professional and cultural bodies. With a combined student population of approximately 26,000 and a global network of over 200,000 alumni, UAL is one of the world’s largest academic centres for art, design and communication.

UAL is not only a centre of excellence in practice-based learning but also a leading research university. UAL has been ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the QS World University Ranking ®2021, cementing its status as a global leader of art and design education.

Central Saint Martins

CSM is one of the world's leading institutes for arts and design education, a reputation based around the achievements of its graduates and the creative energy of its current staff and students. With its 150 years of history, CSM’s famous alumni include some of the most important British and international artists from famous painters such as Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach who studied fine art at Saint Martin’s in the middle of the 20th century; to Sir James Dyson, the industrial designer and founder of Dyson Industries; A.S. Byatt, the British author; Colin Firth, the actor and winner of BAFTA's Best Actor Award and to the latest wave of the world's celebrated designers including Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.