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Master Degree in Arts Management


Arts management students gain the knowledge and skill needed, for example, for the work of a producer, marketing specialist, manager of a cultural institution or independent producer of arts projects. Studies focus, among other things, on the theory of managing projects and institutions, communications, economics, law and theatrical technology, always with an emphasis on application in arts operations and business. On the other hand, an integral part of studies is practical application and verification of acquired skills in practice through the participation of students in creativity at the DISK school theatre or reflection on their own projects.

Especially the practical part of the programme is closely tied in with instruction at other DAMU departments.

Studies are in two stages – a 3-year Bachelors’ programme that thoroughly familiarizes students with the whole range of problems of realizing and operating a theatre. The following two-year Masters’ programme is conceived as selected studies focusing on the students' individual professional growth.


Head of Department: MgA. Michal Lázňovský, Ph.D.

phone: +420 234 244 260 
See the advising hours calendar to arrange appointment: Advising hours of the Head of Dpt. of Arts Management 

Department secretary: Bc. Dita Nekolná

work hours: Mo - Fri 9:00 - 14:00
phone: +420 234 244 261
mobile: +420 605 759 526


Arriving Erasmus students can join all modules of MA program in English. See prior information on MA program study plan and schedule.

Master Degree in Arts Management

Application Call for Academic Year 2020/21 is open

See actual study plan here: Arts Management in English - study plan

Bachelor degree (under-graduate) program is only available in Czech language.


Program Overview

A graduate of the M.A. program in Arts Management has a detailed knowledge of the status of contemporary culture and media and is trained in various skills like managing, organizing and communicating. During his/her studies, the graduate has matured into a distinct personality with the ability to deal with professional challenges independently and creatively. The graduate is prepared to apply himself/herself at high-level management of cultural institutions, as a producer in independent performing arts projects, and/or can serve as a specialist in performing arts financing, marketing or copyright law.


6 000 EUR per academic year.

Study Program

The study program in Arts Management offers students a self-contained summary of knowledge and skills needed for future work in organizing, managing and running artistic activities. Even though the main focus of studies is on various theatrical forms, including contemporary and interdisciplinary (new circus, scenographic theatre, happenings, events at the cross-roads of different genres, etc.), the course takes into account the specific aspects of other genres of the “performing arts” – i.e., dance and music – and even touches on the fine arts.

The course structure and content changes dynamically in relation to modern trends in the theory of arts management and marketing that have developed dramatically in the past decades. The principal areas and themes of the course are, for example:

  • project management in performing arts,
  • cultural policies and systems of public administration,
  • creative and cultural industries concept,
  • economics and law in performing arts,
  • fundraising, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility),
  • historical and current social, cultural and artistic trends,
  • marketing, media, PR, communication,
  • audience development, i.e., in terms of education, breaking down barriers to art, etc.

Skills, such as people management (communicating and supervising people), are gained and honed through

seminars and workshops led by professionals. In contrast to other university level programs in Arts Management, the Department of Arts Management at DAMU is directly linked to variety of artistic study programs at the school and includes a hands-on practice. It has a professional anchor in the school, particularly through the DISK theatre, where student productions are presented year-round. Arts Management students actively participate in these programs and thereby have the opportunity to hone and verify their knowledge and skills.

Seminars are a vital space for working with leading professionals, managers, artists and specialist from a variety of fields. Students keep a pulse on current cultural activity through regular participation at professional conferences/seminars organized by a wide-range of active cultural institutions.

The study program puts maximal emphasis on connection with a labour market by having maximum of professionals involved in the learning process. Teachers of main and specialized subjects are also active in their own fields, many of them as managers of leading cultural institutions.


One of the principal components of the study program is the individual research project, which each student accomplishes under the supervision of a tutor and develops in continual consultation with other teachers as well as a student working group. This ensures an individual approach to each student that centres on his/her own professional interests and experiences. It culminates in a master’s thesis at the close of study program. The progress and result of the research is assessed by the committee of teachers at the end of each semester.

Some of the courses are followed by exams. A cumulative state exam has to be passed at the end of the study program.

Beyond DAMU

The graduate will be prepared to work in the following positions:

  • manager: festivals, projects, events, mise-en-scenes, theatre companies, theatres
  • producer in the performing arts sector
  • marketing director, marketing strategist in culture
  • public relations specialist, director of business department
  • state institutions in areas of directing cultural activities and cultural politics
  • fundraiser for cultural projects and institutions

Further, the graduate will be able to realize the following activities on a professional level:

  • to create, initiate and manage cultural projects
  • to find and acquire the necessary resources to realize these projects
  • to create, actualize and manage the marketing strategies of these projects
  • to carry out and take advantage of market research and work with databases
  • to communicate with media and the public and present projects effectively
  • to  assess, discuss and analyze strategies and tools for cultural politics at regional, national and international levels

Course Leaders

All the faculty at the Department of Arts Management are working professionals with a wealth of experience in their fi elds. They include:

MgA. Michal Lázňovský, Ph.D. – Head of the Department of Arts Management, DAMU
Speciality: Arts management

doc. JUDr. Jiří Srstka – Professor at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: Arts management and law

MgA. Jiří Sulženko, Ph.D. – Lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: Arts management

MgA. Petr Prokop – Lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: Theatre production, event production

MgA. David Kašpar – Lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: Arts management

ing. Jana Ledvinová – Assistent Lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: Fundraising

ing. Pavla Petrová – Assistent Lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: Theatre production, event production

Mg. Art. Eva Kyselová - Assistent Lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, DAMU 
Speciality: History of theatre