Call for Applications for European Diploma in Cultural Project Management 2018/19

The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management is a pan-European training programme for project-oriented European cultural managers organized by the Association Marcel Hicter and supported by the Council of Europe. The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management arises from the will to foster cultural diversity and interregional exchanges as a way of giving culture a stronger place in Europe and abroad. The programme streches over one year and enables participants to carry on with their professional activities. The deadline for application is 15th January 2018.

Each year, around 25 professionals from 20 countries are taking part in the European Diploma. Its objective is twofold:

  • to enable cultural managers, having already good management capacities, to better integrate their co-operation projects - which link identity, culture and economy - in a European perspective;
  • to insert European projects in regional cultural development policies.

Who is the training for?

Cultural managers from public and private organizations who are actively involved in the management of cultural and artistic projects in their region, with at least 2 years experience. The training languages being English and French, applicants must be fluent in English.

Content and Organization

The European Diploma is organized so that the participants carry on with their professional activities. The programme lasts one year and is organized in 3 phases: 2 residential sessions, a comparative study and an evaluation + seminar phase.

Two sessions of a 9 days take place in two different countries each year. The next training session, will be organised in May 2018 (11-20), and in Macedonia in October 2018 (7-16). The themes, which will be discussed, are: Europe and culture; project management, cultural cooperation, operational management of cultural projects, fundraising etc.

Between the residential sessions and the evaluation phase, the trainees return to their jobs in their countries, and in parallel work on their own project. They also have to do a comparative study visit in another region of Europe.

The 5 days of the evaluation/ seminar phase include the presentation of the participants projects and the organization of a thematic seminar. It will take place in June 2019.

Financial participation

Most of the expenses for this training programme are covered by the organizer and the partners. Each participant or the organisation he/she works for, will pay a fee of 3.500 €.

Specific methodology

The European Diploma is not an academic programme. It is a training tailor-made for young experienced professionals active or ready to embark in cultural cooperation projects. The programme consists of a few interactive lectures, given by experts both strong on theory and linked to the field. A big chunk of the residential phases consists of workshops. We specially focus on the « peer to peer » methodology with a very strong interaction between participants. The cultural cooperation projects are at the center of this process. Other workshops are centered around cultural strategy seminars. We also interact with cultural operators of the countries/regions/cities where we hold the residential phases.

The programme aims to achieve:

  • skills and competences building
  • destabilization of the constructed references
  • develop evolutive identities open to real cooperation and «otherness»
  • empowerment of the participants

The Association Marcel Hicter is the organizer and manager of the course. The goals of this non-profit organization are the promotion and public awareness of cultural democracy in Belgium, Europe and at the international level, by networking, analysis spreading, innovative actions, cultural training and research programs and tools stressing interdiciplinary approach and co-operation. The Association Hicter plays the interface between field operators and cultural decision-makers. Training professionals to cultural management is, since the Fondation was established, one of its specialities. 

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Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 16, 2017