Arts Administration, Graduate Certificate

Today's arts sector is more vital and dynamic than ever, flourishing in both arts institutions and “non-hierarchical organizations,” from artist-run spaces to community organizations. This context, paired with changes in the funding climate over the past 30 years, has generated a need to transform leadership training in the arts.  Creative thinkers must be equipped with administrative, analytical, entrepreneurial, and technological skill sets to work within the complex, interdependent arts and cultural ecosystem.  

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration offers an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on leadership innovation in performance, visual arts, cultural, and community organizations.

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration 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 embeds experiential opportunities to explore and demonstrate transformational arts management approaches.

The required curriculum includes three core and one directed elective for a total of 12 credit hours.  All courses can be completed online.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

AACE 6000Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership3
AACE 6010Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations3
AACE 6020Experiential Study in Arts Administration3


Complete one of the following:3
Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations
Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs
Building Value Through Cultural Enterprise (Building Value through Cultural Enterprise)

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required