Graduate art management programs may be offered through the school of management or business, school of public policy or school of performing arts of various institutions. Degrees are usually offered as Arts Management or Arts Administration degrees.
10 Schools with Art Management Programs
Here's a list of schools with relevant programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees 2018-2019*|
|American University||Washington, District of Columbia||4-year, Private||Master's, certificate||$30,744|
|Berklee College of Music||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Master's, certificate||$41,963|
|Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Master's, certificate||$52,816|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||4-year, Private||Master's||$43,815|
|College of Charleston||Charleston, South Carolina||4-year, Public||Master's, certificate||$14,050|
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||4-year, Private||Master's||$34,155|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, Michigan||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state tuition $18,000 Out-of-state tuition $32,040|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, Florida||4-year, Public||Master's, doctorate||In-state tuition $9,684 Out-of-state tuition $24,116|
|Indiana University-Bloomington||Bloomington, Indian||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state tuition $9,225 Out-of-state tuition $31,932|
|Seattle University||Seattle, Washington||4-year, Private||Master's||$19,055|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students looking for an art management school may want to consider the following:
- Depending on their specialties, students may want to pay particular attention to a school's location and enroll in a program in a location with a vibrant theatre or dance community, a major symphony orchestra or a large number of art galleries and museums.
- Students who would like to pursue part of their art management studies in foreign cultural centers should determine if their program of interest offers the opportunity to study abroad.
- Programs provided through a university's visual or performing arts division may be tailored to students with strong fine arts backgrounds who want to assume leadership positions in their field.
- Policy-based programs may be more focused on arts advocacy and political issues in the arts, while management-oriented programs may emphasize classes about arts-related economics, finance and organizational models.
Graduate Certificate in Arts Management
During a graduate certificate program, students possessing bachelor's degrees can receive general instruction in arts management or specialized training in one area of the field. These programs typically require about 15 hours of coursework. Some of the niche topics a graduate certificate can cover include fundraising, entrepreneurship, special events management and public relations.
Master of Arts in Arts Management
This graduate program can usually be completed in 2-4 years of full-time study, during which students acquire the skills needed to effectively operate museums, galleries, studios and non-profit arts organizations. Specialized management courses relating to a specific branch of the visual and performing arts are often included as electives. A thesis and a comprehensive examination may be required for completion of the M.A. degree. These programs address a variety of topics related to the arts, including marketing, special event promotion, financial management, fund raising and law.
Graduate programs in art management give students the tools to succeed in supervisory positions. Students should keep in mind that programs offered through different divisions vary in focus.