Worldwide Cultural Management Programs

MOOC on Managing the Arts - Online Further Training for Cultural Managers Worldwide

MOOC (Photo: Krischan Dietmaier)MOOC | © Krischan DietmaierFrom February 2015, Chris Dercon, Director of the Tate Modern in London, had been guiding the online course Managing the Arts: Marketing for Cultural Organizations for practicing and aspiring cultural managers. Developed by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the Mentored Open Online Course (MOOC) was available worldwide for free for interdisciplinary further training. The basis of the curriculum consisted of case studies from cultural institutions in Bangkok, Berlin, Budapest and Lagos especially produced for the course. Those who completed the course successfully could gain a certificate (5 ECTS) for their home university.

Cultural institutions have a rapidly growing need for trained personnel. Since courses in cultural management cannot meet this demand, especially in the countries of the Global South, for seven years the Goethe-Institut has been offering advanced training courses worldwide on the subject. These on-site courses were supplemented from February 2015 by the 14-week online course Managing the Arts: Marketing for Cultural Organizations. Cultural managers, students, and interested parties, for example in Yangon, Dakar and Madrid, could learn the theoretical foundations of cultural management and do practical work on the online learning platform. They could explore questions such as: What is the relationship between the arts and the market and marketing? What does internationalization mean for a growing local cultural landscape? How can cultural organizations meet the demands of digitization?

Chris Dercon, Director of the Tate Modern Gallery in London, guided students through the six-phase course. Participants worked together in small interdisciplinary groups on solutions to concrete practical scenarios. The course language is English. Those who completed the course successfully could obtain a certificate from Leuphana University of Lüneburg with credits (5 ECTS) recognized throughout Europe.

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Reports on first-hand experience and basic knowledge

The course revolved about digital practice reports from four prestigious cultural institutions in Lagos, Budapest, Berlin and Bangkok. In on-site interviews, cultural managers talked about how they organize the areas of cultural marketing, project management, audience loyalty, sustainability, digitization and finance in their institutions.

We heard from the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, which, as a centre for the development, presentation and discussion of contemporary visual art, pays special attention to photography, film, video, performance and installation art. In Budapest, the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts has made a name for itself with international productions in dance, theatre, literature and music. And we gained insights into the Thai cultural scene via the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), a venue for art, music, theatre, film, design and events in the centre of Bangkok. The Berlin HAU Hebbel am Ufer with its three venues for young, experimental theatre was the participant institution from Germany.

MOOC | © Krischan Dietmaier

The case studies were supplemented by video lectures by international cultural scholars such as Arjo Klamer from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Birgit Mandel of the University of Hildesheim and Nishant Shah of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. All of the videos could be viewed with German and English subtitles. The course also provided interventions by experienced experts, a digital reader and thematic bibliographies for further reading. Experienced teacher-mentors individually supported the participants’ working groups and gave informed feedback on their work results.

The Digital School of Leuphana University of Lüneburg has implemented its concept of Mentored Open Online Courses since 2012 in various teaching formats. Courses by the Digital School are based on the approach of collaborative, problem-based learning and targeted support for the participants. This promotes academic dialogue within the learning community as well as an intensive learning experience for all stakeholders.

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The Mentored Open Online Course Managing the Arts: Marketing for Cultural Organizations is a project by the Goethe-Institut and the Digital School of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, technically implemented by candena GmbH. The project is funded by the Alumniportal Deutschland.
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