Cultural Management MA

Study period: 2 years


Volume of Studies: 120 ECTS


Study form: daytime and evening studies


Study language: English


Location: EBS Tallinn and Estonian Academy of Music and Arts, EMTA


Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences


Cultural Management MA International Programme is a joint programme of Estonian Academy of Music and Arts and Estonian Business School. The objective is to educate professional managers of arts organizations with vision, entrepreneurs promoting cultural industry, administrators and change-makers in the field of cultural policy. 

The programme is operating since fall 2002 and was founded in close co-operation with Sibelius Academy, Finland and Tartu University, Estonia. Since 2012 the programme continues as a joint MA Programme with partner Estonian Business School and associate partner Estonian Academy of Music and Arts.

Due to our long term experience, broad expertise in a variety of cultural domains and ample network of partners, we can create a unique ecosystem and a pool of expertise where students, educators, cultural professionals, policy makers, artist and activist can draw inspiration, knowledge and skills for enabling change in their respective fields.

The joint programme is international, interdisciplinary and flexible with an emphasis on management of culture and creative industries. The MA programme is intended for those interested in managing cultural institutions and organizing projects - ideal for anyone with experience in the field or deeper interest in culture. Trends in creative industries and wider understanding of a cultural management importance in the society at large gives this programme a unique position among the other curricula. Using active learning methods and lively discussion, the course offers students a chance to engage in cultural discourse, learn about creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship and provides access to creative networks. 15 years of experience has given the leaders of the programme a very concrete vision to act as a solid and legitimate player on the international level of professional cultural management education combining international knowledge experience with Estonian innovation driven methods of education. 

The aim of the programme is to involve competence from abroad - more than a half of the lecturers of the programme are coming from outside Estonia, including Finland, Germany, UK, Denmark, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, France, US, etc. Involving the international competencies to the master studies is crucial in order to provide professional future art managers capabilities to co-operate and co-create at the European and global level.

The interdisciplinary programme serves all culture domains and so far has nearly 70 graduated students. Alumni of the programme play important roles in current Estonian cultural management field, affecting cultural organizing remarkably. Entirely taught in English, the programme is easily reachable for foreign students and gives a general strong advantage for students on the international field. Internationalization also enables opportunities to build a wide network for the future. By now, the programme has released 7 current PhD students actively involved in the academic development of the cultural management field on an international level.

As a unique feature, since 2013, the programme is involved in developing a novel understanding of the interaction between art and society and increasing the skills and competences of future cultural managers to foster the valuable interface, as well as in the improvement of the societal impact of Higher Education Institutions within the EU funded projects Managing Arts Projects with Societal Impact (MAPSI) and Higher Education Institutions for Societal Engagement (HEISE). As a result of international cooperation within these projects, the programme offers summer schools and innovative courses in online environment. More info about MAPSI

To answer the need of constantly changing cultural field and to expand the impact for outside the academia, Cultural Management MA programme has been offering training for practitioners from different cultural fields since 2010. 

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The aim of in-service training is to improve the competencies of practitioners working in cultural organizations, creating the forum for the discussion at the same time.

The Cultural Management Programme of the EMTA is a member of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC). The programme is also coordinating with the ActinArt network of artistic academies for creative entrepreneurship education (Aarhus Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm University of the Arts, Sibelius Academy, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Kaospilot and Danish National School of Performing Arts). 

  • Organisation of studies

Studies for the next group will commence in September 2018. Classes take place in the city center of Tallinn, and the schedule will be sent to new students by e-mail in August. Studies are organized as a combination of obligatory and elective courses that are delivered either as weekly lectures that run throughout the semester or intensive blocks over 3 to 5 days. This means students can benefit from a flexible programme to balance studies with work and other commitments. The first three semesters have quite full schedules, while apart from a couple of seminars the fourth semester is free for you to work on your MA thesis.
 As part of our individual approach to all students, you may be eligible for advanced standing in recognition of previous studies and work (VÕTA programme). International students may also apply for a DORA scholarship. Further information on these programmes will be given to foreign students after admission.

  • Careers

Graduates from our programme work in the private and/or public sector - embassies, government organisations, universities, theatres, museums, NGOs, foundations (e.g. Kultuurikatel, PÖFF film festival, Jazzkaar festival) and private sector companies. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of our graduates are employed in the field of culture and creative industries.

  • Entry requirements

Successful candidates do not need to have previous qualifications in culture or the arts but must have at least a Bachelor's degree and a specific interest or practical experience in a cultural field. We welcome all candidates with a keen interest or practical experience in cultural entrepreneurship. A maximum of 18 students will be accepted in 2018. The tuition fee for the cultural management programme is 2500 € per year. The academy's Rector holds the right to reduce the tuition fee for a limited number of cases. International and local candidates will be assessed based on the same criteria and the results of the entrance essay and interview. The detailed topic of the essay will be announced in January.

  • Documents required 

1) application form (through;
2) a document certifying your completion of the previous educational level including a certificate with grades or a diploma supplement (both the original and a copy);
3) 1 passport photograph (30x40 mm);
4) an ID card or passport with a copy of the personal details page including your personal identification code;
5) document certifying change of name, if the applicant has had a name change (both the original and a copy)
6) CV in English;
7) an essay in English (3-5 A4 pages) on a topic related to cultural management (topic to be announced).

Documents are to be submitted to the Admissions Committee. Documents submitted shall not be returned.

All candidates shall apply through Upon admission, candidates may also initially send copies of their documents electronically to and Originals (or certified copies) can be presented or sent to the Academy later.

Entrance interviews will take place in Tallinn at the end of June. A video-interview via Skype is possible for foreign students. The time for the interview will be scheduled with each candidate individually. The interview will be held in English.

  • Accomodation

Our students can rent a room at our new dormitory in the city center. Muusa Majutus has been established by the Estonian Art Academy and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.



Contact for further information:

Kai Kiiv
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Tel +372 6675 721