Business in the Arts is an eight-week programme that combines academic study with an opportunity to work in an Edinburgh Festival production company or venue. It provides a unique opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and experience in the arts and culture sector.


Business in the Arts provides an introduction to the business environment with a focus on the arts/culture sector.

Students gain:

  • skills and knowledge relevant to the arts and entertainment business; and
  • experience working in the arts and culture sector.


The programme includes:

  • A four-week academic programme at the University of Edinburgh Business School.
  • A four-week internship in an Edinburgh Festival production company or venue.
  • Self-catered accommodation in shared, centrally-located accommodation.

In addition, we arrange:

  • Airport transfers by a programme representative for all participants.
  • A comprehensive induction and orientation programme.
  • A welcome dinner.
  • A day excursion to the Highlands of Scotland.
  • Comprehensive on-programme support to ensure participants get the most from the programme and also to deal with any concerns.

View the Programme Overview for Potential Applicants

Key dates

Date(s) Details
Saturday 28th June - Sunday 29th June
Programme induction
Monday 30th June - Friday 25th July
Academic programme
Monday 28th July - Friday 22nd August
Saturday 28th June - Sunday 24th August
Accommodation available