Art, Literature, and Culture (Master's)
Enhance your ability to be a critical, active participant in the arts by studying artistic expressions across cultures in this master's concentration. Presented within a context of the political and social environment, this master's program allows you to discover how the arts operate within culture. Develop a broad cultural literacy that will transform your view of the arts and help you excel within the creative industry.
Learn how to leverage arts and culture within the context of today’s society, economy, and non-profit trends. You’ll connect with artistic material and the act of creative expression through the lens of an ever-changing cultural landscape.
You’ll learn how to:
- Cultivate rich and varied artistic expressions and help them thrive in the social and economic context of today’s creative industries
- Develop a broad cultural literacy that will provide critical thinking skills needed to excel within the arts and culture industry
- Plan artistic programs and events
- Strategize organizational development, inclusiveness, and leadership
MLS in Arts And Culture with a concentration in Art, Literature, and Culture requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- MALS 4470 - Arts & Culture: History, Context, and Trends
- MALS 4480 - Arts & Culture: Best Practices and Practical Skills
- MALS 4490 - Cultural Participation and Program Planning
- MALS 4915 - Research in the Humanities
- MALS 4901 - Capstone Project
- MALS 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- MALS 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- PWRI 4000 - Masterworks: Fiction
- MALS 4050 - World Visual and Performance Art
- PWRI 4340 - Literature to Film: Bringing Published Stories to the Screen
- MALS 4444 - Emerging Trends in Art
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Arts And Culture programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Arts And Culture programs include:
- PWRI 4500 - The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
- PWRI 4510 - Literary Genres for Writers: Drama, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
- PWRI 4540 - Children's Literature: From Picture Books to Books for Young Adults
- PWRI 4550 - From Romance to Realism
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Careers in Art, Literature, and Culture
Art Director, Art Handler, Creative Director, Creative Manager, Critic, Cultural Promoter, Director of Exhibitions, Marketer, Media Manager, Publisher, Teacher, Writer
Collaborating with other creative staff and customers to plan and develop artistic projects; coordinating activities with other artistic and creative departments; crafting artwork, layouts, and/or other creative project elements; determining the overall concept, look and/or style of a creative project; developing budgets and production timelines; directing artistic and production staff; securing financial and promotional support for creative endeavors; writing and editing content for creative projects
Careers in arts, literature, and cultural may occur in any industry and look very different from one discipline to the next. However, almost all occupations in these fields offer employees the opportunity to exercise not only their creative skills, but their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well. From designers and directors to poets and producers, employers appreciate both the innate these professionals bring to their work and the broad knowledge they apply in doing so, which may be why the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a 16 percent expansion in this are between 2006 and 2016.
Careers In Arts and Culture
Apply creativity to any job!
Depending on the size of your arts or culture organization, your function may vary from specific to broad with a wide range of duties in between. Whether you're working in writing, event planning, financial planning, fundraising, marketing, technology administration, or production, your love for the arts combined with a master's degree or graduate certificate will prepare you for a job within the arts industry. From negotiations to marketing, budget planning to production, an arts management career for a non-profit, entrepreneurial, or commercial enterprise is ideal for current or aspiring leaders within the arts and culture community who also seek a business background.
Add a splash of color to your career.
Demand for artists with technology skills is expected to increase, particularly for computer and mobile graphic artists. Combine the arts development and program management option with a web design or project management background from the Information and Communication Technology program, or pair your skills with fundraising or marketing. Have a passion for the written word? Try your hand at being a professional full-time writer (70% are self-employed) or work for an online publication or publishing house specializing in e-books. If you'd rather craft your own position and open an art gallery, you're in luck: annual revenues for retail art dealers increased 40% over the past five years, according to US Economic Census data. Sounds like a creative avenue worth exploring!
Where are they now?
Arts and Culture program graduates hold titles such as Communication Manager, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Freelance Author, Teacher, Consultant, Paralegal Assistant, and Library Director for companies or organizations such as Employment Publishing Inc., St. Petersburg College, The Boeing Company, Aurora Public Schools, Denver County School District, City of Pasadena, CIG Media Group, LDS Family Services, CH2M Hill, and Michelman & Robinson.
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