Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


PGCert Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

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This course will give you the insight, ideas and skills needed to be an effective leader in arts fundraising. You'll explore topics such as the history of philanthropy, cultural diplomacy, how to manage change, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity.

This course is led and co-ordinated by academic staff with significant industry experience, who are assisted by expert freelance tutors and senior arts consultants. Throughout, you'll reflect critically on your work-based learning and learn how to apply relevant theories to your everyday professional practice.

In order to study on this course, you must have completed our Summer School - a week of intensive study and practical activity that provides further opportunities for strategic thinking and planning. This takes place at the 4* hotel and conference centre of Weetwood Hall, a fully modernised 16th century manor house set in nine acres of woodland and gardens located just 4 miles from Leeds city centre. You can find out more about the Summer School here.

This unique course was established in 2014 as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, funded by Arts Council England. It brings together a specialised team of academics and practitioners who approach key issues of arts fundraising and leadership from a range of historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. The course also offers access to a wide range of relevant case studies, and is supported by sector-leading online resources which will help you to develop your critical thinking and analytical writing.

This course explores the history of arts and cultural philanthropy. It investigates underlying cultural policy models and debates, and situates arts fundraising within the broader fields of arts marketing and cultural management, whilst exploring the relative utility of strategic management tools, models and principles for leading contemporary arts organisations. The course critically applies relevant concepts and theories pertaining to cultural entrepreneurship, change management and cultural leadership, and explores the challenges of implementing these ideas in evolving practices of arts fundraising.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Practice: Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The course is delivered online through dedicated webinars and tutorials, as well as individual online supervision.


Assessment is via an extended reflective work-based learning report.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in an arts or cultural organisation. We may also consider applicants without a degree if you can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience (minimum of 5 years) in an arts or cultural organisation.

You must also have successfully completed our week-long Summer School in order to progress onto this course. You can find out more about the Summer School here.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Performance and Cultural Industries admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Admissions policy

School of Performance and Cultural Industries Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £1,545 (total)

International: £3,875 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. The School of Performance and Cultural Industries has allocated a small number of bursaries for independent students or those sponsored by a small arts organisation (i.e. under £500,000 annual turn-over). Three bursaries of £500 will be awarded to qualifying applicants on a competitive basis.

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