Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Graduate Certificate

The arts sector is more vital and dynamic than ever, flourishing in major arts institutions and “non-hierarchical organizations,” including artist-run spaces and community organizations. This context, paired with changes in the nonprofit funding climate of the past 30 years, has generated a need to transform leadership training in the arts sector. Increasingly, creative thinkers must be equipped with administrative, analytical, entrepreneurial, and technological skill sets to work within the complex, interdependent arts and cultural ecosystem. In response, the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship offers an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on leadership innovation in nonprofit performance, visual arts, cultural, and community organizations. 

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship challenges students to create diverse, viable, and sustainable arts and culture projects and organizations; to use entrepreneurial practices in order to create transformation; to develop and deploy new arts and culture sector-focused business and analytic skills; and to design innovative planning and engagement strategies. Course and project work contains embedded experiential opportunities to explore and demonstrate transformational arts management approaches. This program is offered 100 percent online.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Required Courses
AACE 6000Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership3
AACE 6010Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations3
AACE 6020Experiential Study in Arts Administration3
Elective Course
Complete one of the following:3
Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations
Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs
AACE 6210 1

 For course title, please see college administrator.

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required