Cultural Policy and Management

General Objective

The policy stream Cultural Policy & Management focuses on the cultural issues of public policy. It has been specifically designed to prepare the next generation of key players in cultural policy-making, cultural organisations leading or cultural projects managing, at local and global levels. Developed in close consultation with cultural institutions and actors of the creative economy, the degree prepares students to careers in public, private or the non-profit sectors.

In order to fit with the sector's job market, the programme is based on a comparative approach and offers two different tracks:

  • a French track, entitled Culture (fr.), taking into account the specificities of the French job market;
  • an English track, described below, preparing for global careers.

The programme has been designed to explore all the connections between culture and public affairs in today's changing and fast-moving world.

By questioning the place and the value of culture in the global and sustainable economy, it intends to make students able to deal with the new digital challenges in line with a public policy that serves the common good.

By confronting students with concrete aspects of cultural project management, it offers students a unique opportunity to face with the cultural sector job market needs as well as the essential skills to hold positions at the decision-making levels.

To take up these challenges, our programme mixes theoretical knowledge in social sciences and practical exercises of project management. Betting on the advantages of learning by doing, it also emphasizes innovative pedagogical methods, offering case studies, workshops and "simulation" formats.

Specific Features

Core courses

  • Comparative cultural policies
  • Culture in the digital area
  • Cultural & art economics
  • Comparative cultural property law
  • Fundraising in & for culture
  • Marketing of the cultural organisations & the creative industries

Elective courses

During the two semesters, students will also choose courses from a wide list of electives in order to personalize their curriculum according to their own professional objectives.

Workshops & simulations

Students will also be involved in one of the two federative and innovative policy stream projects (in French or in English).

In English: The Simulation "Culture in Global city" which will be launched in 2016 to embrace the complexity of the links between culture and equitable urban development.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the policy stream Cultural Policy & Management pursue careers in a variety of important positions related to cultural policy-making, cultural organisations leading or cultural projects managing in the public sector (local or national organisations), the private sector (companies and foundations working in the field of culture, consultancy, cultural sponsorship, private-public partnership) or non-governmental organizations.

The English Track has a specific emphasis on international careers and marketing of the creative industries.


Master in Public Policy:

Master in European Affairs:

Scientific advisors

Jean-Paul Cluzel - former French high civil servant and, since July 2016 chairman of « Institut pour le financement du cinéma et des industries culturelles » (IFCIC)

Since 1992 onward, he has been deeply involved in the management of several prominent French cultural and media institutions. He was successively general manager of Opéra de Paris, then chairman and CEO of Radio France Internationale, chairman and CEO of Radio France, the French public radio broadcaster. In 2010 he was appointed chairman and CEO of the newly merged "Réunion des Musées Nationaux et du Grand Palais". This organization provides services for French public and private museums, in France and elsewhere. It runs the historic Grand Palais, which Jean-Paul Cluzel turned into a world class actor in the fields of cultural and creative industry events, specially for art fairs and fashion, and curatorial exhibitions.

Before 1992, Jean-Paul Cluzel, who is Inspecteur Général des Finances, served mostly in the French Treasury department and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, specializing in European and African Affairs, as well as public auditing. Under the Ministry of Jack Lang, François Mitterrand's Minister of Culture, he was commissioned to write several reports in the cultural field, notably on the future of the movie industry. These reports opened the way for him joining the media and cultural spheres, of which he has been a close follower for almost 30 years, both in France and abroad.

Born in 1947 in a family of small shop keepers, Jean-Paul Cluzel was a student of Sciences Po'-Paris (1964-1967) and benefited from a scholarship at the University of Chicago (Department of Political Studies) (1967-1968) before his admission to Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). He joined Inspection Générale des Finances in 1992.

Jean-Paul Cluzel is a LGBT activist and a supporter of minority causes.

Vincent Lepinay - associate professor at Sciences Po in Paris

Prior to teaching in Paris he was an assistant professor at MIT in the Science, Technology and Society program and a professor at the European University at St. Petersburg. He is the author of Codes of Finance (Princeton, 2011) and the co-author with Bruno Latour of The Science of Passionate Interests (2010, Prickly Paradigm Press).

He is currently completing a book on the Hermitage museum of St. Petersburg - Past Perfect. The tense of Hermitage memories (Columbia, 2017) and an edited volume on Russian computer scientists - From Russia with Codes (Cambridge, 2017 with Mario Biagioli). He is working on a monograph on the history of Insider Trading in the USA – Too Much Information (Columbia, 2018).

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