5 Online Courses for Cultural Managers

We have put together five online courses that will help to introduce innovations, manage cultural organisations and promote social change. Access to all the courses is open and you can receive a certificate at the end of the courses that would significantly improve your СV.

Creative Europe

This online course will be of interest to cultural managers who are planning to obtain funding and to those wishing to learn how to draft grant applications. The course consists of 5 lectures that you can go through in 15 minutes. In this time, you’ll find out how to draft a successful application, submit it for the competition and find international partners. The course lecturers are Egle Deltuvaite, Head of Creative Europe Lithuania Desk and Yvelin Karu-Veskioja, Head of the Estonia Desk. After completing a test, you will receive a certificate. Creative Europe is the EU’s biggest grant programme, which finances projects in the cultural and audio-visual sector. A project can receive funding from EUR 200,000 to EUR 2 million.


Arts and Culture Strategy on Coursera

This five-week course will be useful to project managers of any level. Teachers from the University of Pennsylvania will talk about the types of cultural organisations, help you understand their structures and teach you how to create a business model for your idea. The course also examines the relationship between the artistic mission and the economic aspect of an organisation’s work. These relationships are often not easy to reconcile, but the course lecturers will talk about how to strike a balance between these two aspects of activity. After completing this course, you will learn how to communicate with your target audience and opinion leaders, and learn how to find support for your initiatives. The course requires 4-6 hours a week and you can receive a certificate on completing it.


Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture on Coursera

New ideas in this sector are often not implemented for lack of time or resources. The course offers management solutions for the development and implementation of ideas for museums, theatres, libraries and other cultural organisations. The course authors are: Vanderbilt University and National Arts Strategies. The online course takes 8 weeks.


Advocacy Course

You will learn how to create an advocacy campaign from the stage at which a problem is determined right up to the evaluation of results. The online course consists of 5 lectures and will take 30 minutes of your time. Communication and advocacy expert Anush Begloyan examines real-life cases of successful campaigns and explains how to achieve social change through lobbying, action and information campaigns. You will learn how to work with a target audience and agents of influence as well as how to put together a package of advocacy materials. After completing a short test, you will receive a certificate from the EU-EaP Culture and Creativity Programme.


Social Enterprise Programme on FutureLearn

The massive online course learning platform offers a complete programme on social enterprise that is made up of three courses. By completing all or part of them, you will obtain a wide range of skills for solving problems in three spheres, namely social, environmental and, of course, cultural. The Middlesex University Business School has prepared lectures and additional materials to help you develop a model for your social enterprise and find out how feasible your idea is on the market and how to work with funding sources. Each of the three course is three weeks long. You can take the courses for free or pay to receive a certificate.


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