Performing Arts Management

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Within the next decade, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is poised to emerge as an important cultural city with plans of creating an artistic legacy in the region. Abu Dhabi’s premier development, Saadiyat Island, is set to be a multi-faceted cultural destination featuring the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Performing Arts Centre. The curriculum at Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will be crucial in creating and encouraging a new generation passionate about arts and culture, as well as refining their skills and career potential to complement the city’s rapid and ambitious progress.

The Master in Performing Arts Management is provided through Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4) in Paris, and is acknowledged as an Emirati and European qualification offering students access to the local and international job market. This degree is identical in all aspects to the Paris degree.

Performing arts is an integral component and valued in every society and requires talented professionals to develop, nurture and enrich this field. The programme’s objective is for graduates to work towards aligning various resources to form, support and enhance cultural organisations and activities. Through a unique blend of basic theories, specialised courses and internships, this programme prepares students to qualify and emerge as leaders in the field of performing arts.

A significant amount of time is devoted to the disciplines of Performing Arts and – with the help of industry and cultural professionals – a mix of theoretical courses, case studies and practical application is offered. The programme incorporates different stages of musical production including creation, historical research and concerts together with teaching and broadcasting. The different elements of this course include lectures, group and individual mentoring, workshops and an internship with a thesis report to be submitted for evaluation or a professional thesis based on your research.

Through methodological and intellectual support of Western and regional teachings, students learn to consider strategic matters for the cultural future of the region and beyond. They will become effective advocates of the arts, and expand their understanding of the identity of music and performance arts specific to the region. By cross-promoting the best of both worlds, they learn to highlight regional contributions to the West, adapt Western forms of live performances in the region, and create synergies with other visual art forms.

Students will soon excel at making decisions through an understanding of cultural policies and the structural processes involved in planning, organising and managing tours, events and performances. Graduates will have also refined their negotiation skills with artists’ agents, producers and promoters. This enhances their communication and marketing abilities, and helps them develop better relations with the media.

The course consists of four semesters of 600 hours spread over two years. Each semester is split into 18 sessions, with every session consisting of a three-day schedule (Saturday to Monday) comprising of 8 hours each.

The schedule is carefully designed for working professionals or those not living in Abu Dhabi, so that students can easily attend lectures and classes. This guarantees real returns on students’ time and effort. This scheme also enables valuable pedagogical progression, alternating teaching methods for every session as well as intersession work. Please note that attendance for all classes is compulsory.

All our Master degrees are taught in English with translation provided (French to English) when required.

M1 M2
Semester 1

  • Historical references of live performances
  • Main genres of shows in the West
  • Shows in the Middle East and Near East
Semester 3

  • Panning
  • Setting the artistic programme
  • Recorded music
  • Production management and functioning
Semester 2

  • The economics of live performance
  • Sociology of audiences
  • Internship
Semester 4

  • Contract and negotiation
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • Social management
  • Research and educating the public
  • Internship


Students will learn about defining artistic projects, hiring artists, reserving and managing venues, ticketing, creating and implementing production budgets. As part of venue management, they will study the various modes of operations, team supervision and promoting a venue’s image.

Owing to the growth strategy of cultural projects and performance facilities planned for the UAE, high profile positions such as opera house director and administrator of an inter-contemporary ensemble will see high demand within the country and especially in Abu Dhabi. Our university training is unique in the UAE and the region.

We seek cultured, talented and committed individuals, nationals or expatriates, with a clear indication of their career objectives. Our students have a high academic calibre and range from fresh graduates seeking to grasp cultural management skills to professionals with significant work experience in cultural entities, as well as those keen to occupy functions in cultural entities under development.

With this degree, graduates can look forward to assuming leadership roles in the industry such as event and festival managers, programming managers, cultural entrepreneurs and more. You will be prepared to adopt an entrepreneurial outlook and make substantial contributions to the development of the arts and culture.