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  • Teacher Simona Cavaliere

  • Credits 3

  • SSD SECS-P/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts (cod. 0902)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Mar 02, 2022 to May 18, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student is expected to learn the basis of the tools and methods of project management for arts and culture. In particular, the student is expected to: - learn and discuss the steps to realize a project for arts organization - understand the project manager’s role in the arts - engage with, learn and discuss the challenges and issues relating to assigning and managing resources and scheduling work in the art and culture environment - learn the basis of the use of project management software

Course contents

Course Overview

The course is designed to introduce students to the current Project Management practices, tools and techniques used in the Arts and Culture environment

It examines key activities such as identifying the initial project idea, resourcing and scheduling a project, identifying partners and stakeholders.

The programme includes practical workshops and exercises enabling a hands-on approach to the use of Project Management techniques in exhibition design, performing arts and event conceiving, planning and delivery.

Course Objectives

To provide an overview of the dynamics and life-cycle of a project in the art and culture environment

To define the major tools and principles of a tailored approach to project management

To equip students with an understanding of the importance of balancing project scope and creative contents against available resources

To help students develop skills and understanding of the principles and practices of the critical path analysis approach to Project Management


Recommended readings/Bibliography

Lecture slides integrate or summarize the following books:

Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge V ed. (PMBOK® Guide). Pennsylvania: PMI, 2013. Print

Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge VI ed. (PMBOK® Guide). Pennsylvania: PMI, 2017. Print

O’Toole, William, Mikolaitis, Phyllis. Corporate Event Project Management. New York: Wiley, 2002. Print

Bowdin, Glenn et al. Events Management. London: Routledge, 2006. Print

Burke, R. Fundamentals of Project Management. Auckland: Burke Publishing, 2010. Print

Further papers and materials will be suggested during the activity.

Preliminary readings will be available before the beginning of the term.

Teaching methods

The teaching delivery method for the course combines taught modules, lectures, project works and exercises.

During the course, students will be advised about and supported for the preparation of student-directed and managed assignments, involving the design of a project, ranging from visual art exhibitions and displays, performing art festivals to the creation of social media and online platforms for the promotion of cultural events.

The student-led assignment is based on their initiative and drive to suggest the content of the projects, to direct their research and develop their tools as well as make choices regarding partners, stakeholders and fundraising to support the project

Participation and use of computers

In-class active participation in discussions or exercises is expected and questions regarding the examined topics are welcome both during the class meetings and after them.

Assessment methods


1) 45% Written dossier

2) 45% Individual pitch on exam day

3) 10% class participation

Office hours

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