1 year - Full time - September through August
In-class + practicum
Admission requirements: Undergraduate degree
$7000 + Western ancillary fees, course texts
Application deadline: March 1
ARMG 6001 Introduction to the Arts
Provides a practical introduction to arts management and exploration of the arts in general. Participants will develop an understanding of the historical, political, social and economic trends in the arts.
ARMG 6002 Foundational Planning for the Arts
Course will examine strategy and its relationship to board development, funding, human resources, leadership, and organizational development. This class will be a hands-on approach, and will utilize site visits, presentations, guest speakers, and discussion to enhance student learning.
ARMG 6003 Marketing and Promotion for the Arts
Provides students with an overview of the various aspects of marketing and promoting an arts organization. Topics include audiences, market research, products, promotion and planning. The course will focus on current trends, technologies and methods in marketing.
ARMG 6004 Funding for the Arts
Focuses on the components of fund development that students will encounter in their careers. Special events, donor appeals, sponsorships, foundation and grant writing are the primary areas to be covered along with an introduction to planned giving and major gifts. Students will examine the methods, principles and issues involved in fund development and the fund development plan.
ARMG 6006 Event Management
Explores the creation, management, and execution of events for the Arts Management industry. Combining theoretical frameworks with practical application, students will develop varied skills including event budgeting, promotion, teamwork, and evaluation.
ARMG 6007 Volunteer Management
This course will explore the roles of volunteers and their managers in arts organizations. Topics will
include planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, training, supervision and assessment. Careful
attention will be paid to legal and ethical considerations, and the relationship between staff and
ARMG 6013 Financial Management for the Arts
Provides an overview of key financial management techniques; the concepts of financial planning, analysis, record keeping and reporting. The course is not intended to prepare the participants for a position in the finance area, but to gain an understanding of the basic concepts of financial management in order to empower the participants to lead and work with a finance department.
ARMG 6014 Boards and Governance
Explores the complex set of relationships between the organization, board of directors, management, and diverse stakeholders. Students will learn about the roles, responsibilities and management of boards of directors and governance issues in nonprofit organizations with a focus on performing arts organizations.
ARMG 6015 Strategic Leadership for the Arts
Provides students with an overview of the different models of leadership and the values and attitudes that influence effective leadership outcomes. Students will explore the many purposes and applications of being a leader, the impact on the organization’s various functions, and the arts manager’s role in steering the leadership process.
ARMG 6016 Communication in the Arts
Provides an exploration of theories, concepts, and methods of the communication process, including interpersonal and organizational communications. The course will draw on specific cases in the arts.
*Please note: Course offerings are subject to change based on industry demands and trends.
ARMG 6101 Practicum
One, 560 hour placement, May - August
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Having the Arts Management diploma bolstered my résumé. It gave me a more interesting skill set. I possibly could have gotten my current job without it, but it just offered me such a great deal of added skills and experiences that I can honestly say it has given me an edge over the competition.
Putting the ‘hip’ in Leadership and the ‘fun’ in Fundraising
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Arts Management – Starting the Journey by Kayla Nadalin
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Adjustments and New Experiences
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New Year, New Adventures
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