Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects

This module will provide students with the knowledge and understanding to effectively design and execute the evaluation of arts and cultural projects.

Applications open on the 7th of April and should be made via our online application form by the deadline of the 18th of May.


About the course

This short course explores the processes and practices by which arts and cultural projects can be evaluated. The module will begin by considering the social and political factors that mean it is increasingly expected that art and cultural projects should be evaluated. The focus will then shift to the practicalities of designing a project evaluation, from logic models and the theory of change, through to selecting from a range of qualitative methods, establishing a base line, generating and evaluating data, and producing a project evaluation report. Students will have the option of putting this learning into action by designing and executing an evaluation (if they have a suitable live project to work on).

The course will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face workshops, online seminars and self-directed learning.  At the end of the course you will be required to undertake two assignments. The first is to design an evaluation for a cultural project and the second is to either undertake that evaluation or create an evaluation toolkit for a cultural organisation of your choice.


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Applicants will be asked to provide a supporting statement, list of qualifications and document relevant professional experience. If you are applying for the Scottish Government funded fee waiver please make that clear in your personal statement

A suitable reference is also required.

Key details

Outcomes: 20 credits at SCQF level 11

Start Date, Delivery Pattern and Duration: Teaching will be delivered between the 24th of May and 21st June 2021. This will involve two whole day workshops at QMU on the 24th of May and 21st of June (Covid-19 regulations permitting) and 3 online sessions on the 31st May, 7th June and 14th June 13.30 to 16.30.

Location/Delivery: Combination of face to face at QMU (regulations permitting) and online

Course Tutors: David Stevenson and Bryan Beattie

Assessment: 3 page evaluation proposal (due 1st July) and a 3000 word evaluation report OR toolkit (due 15th July)

Application process: Applications should be made via our online application form by the deadline of the 18th of May.


Fees for Home/EU/RUK students for 2020/21 entry: Fees are £735

Payment can be made by card to QMU's Finance Office on tel: 0131 474 0000 (state the course details). Alternatively, you can ask them for bank transfer details - please quote your full name, the name of the course and year of study for reference if paying by this method

Fee waiver:

Thanks to support from the Scottish Government’s National Transitions Training Fund we are able to offer free places on this course to:

  • anyone aged 25 or over who is unemployed, at risk of redundancy, on furlough, or flexible furlough
  • anyone who is self-employed whose work has been negatively impacted by Covid-19
  • anyone working for a charity or social enterprise whose operations have been negatively impacted by Covid-19
  • any recent university graduate without graduate level employment 

Please indicate that you wish to be considered for one of these spaces in your application.

Further information

For further information, including application process, please contact: David Stevenson via dstevenson@qmu.ac.uk

Academic Disabled Student Co-ordinator: Fenella Hodgson, fhodgson@qmu.ac.uk  

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