2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts Leadership Administration, CAS

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Shena Ashley, Assistant Professor
Johann Comprix, Assistant Professor
Dennis Kinsey, Professor
Ernest Lathrop, Assistant Professor
Mark Nerenhausen, Professor of Practice
John Petosa, Professor of Practice
Casey Sprock, Adjunct Professor
Brenda Wrigley, Associate Professor


The Arts Leadership Certificate Program is a 15-credit hour program for recent college graduates and experienced practitioners. Candidates acquire core skills to develop career options in allied fields or advance their careers in cultural leadership of for-profit or non-profit arts organizations in the visual and performing arts. The curriculum encompasses coursework in entrepreneurship and leadership; marketing and public relations; financial accounting and budgetary planning; operations; strategic planning and analysis; financial and audience development; education and outreach; and legal, ethical, and public policy issues in the arts.


Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university and strong GRE test scores or be enrolled in an MA in process, and demonstrate knowledge of the arts or business management or both.

Required Application Documentation • A 500-word personal statement explaining the applicant’s motivation for studying arts leadership. The essay should include the applicant’s career goals and work experience, and how they have informed his or her decision to apply to the program. • Three (3) letters of recommendation • One (1) copy of official transcript(s) • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international applicants.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize how arts and artists function in society and educate students about community engagement, multiculturalism, and demographic diversity

2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic business skills including: accounting, public relations, financial management, organizational theory, marketing, planning, and analysis

3. Relate issues of leadership in complex organizations to the arts

4. Establish a network of professional contacts and the opportunity for interaction with top leaders in the field

5. Develop the ability to express concepts and ideas in writing and oral presentations


Students must maintain a Graduate School required minimum GPA of 3.0

Transfer credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis

Program may be pursued on a part-time basis

Limited financial support may be available


Certificate of Advanced Study in Arts Leadership

Total Credits: 15

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