Art, Literature, and Culture (Master's)
The Art, Literature, and Culture master's degree is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. University College offers graduate students the opportunity to experience and study rich and varied literary, musical, visual, and performance artistic expressions across a variety of cultures. The master's degree concentration is an interdisciplinary program that is presented within a context of the political and social environment. A cultural degree allows students to enhance their ability to be critical, active participants in the arts, as well as connect with artistic material and the act of creative expression.
Discover how the arts operate within culture from expert instructors and develop a broad cultural literacy that will transform your view of the arts and give you the critical thinking skills needed to excel within the arts and culture industry. From performing arts to literature, film to art, a cultural degree from the University of Denver's University College provides graduates with an outstanding education that effectively prepares them for a professional position within an art, literature, or culture field. Customize your Arts and Culture master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.
Arts and Culture Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Describe and discuss arts and culture within the context of today's society, economy, and not-for-profit trends
- Address and strategize issues of organizational development, inclusiveness, and leadership
- Plan for programs and events utilizing theoretical guiding principles based on case studies
- Develop plans for audience development in changing cultural and economic context
MLS in Arts And Culture with a concentration in Art, Literature, and Culture requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs
Professional Foundations 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.
Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)
Professional 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.
Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
Customize your degree or certificate using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.Core Coures - 8 qtr. hrs
The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
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Use the online degree builder tool to customize your degree or certificate. Through the Professional Options Curriculum, you´re able to create your own degree or certificate plan by selecting courses that cater specifically to your career needs. Using the online degree builder, you´ll select the program and courses necessary to graduate from University College.
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Careers in Art, Literature, and Culture
Writer, Publisher, Creative Manager, Marketer, Cultural Promoter, Art Handler, Art Director, Media Manager, Director of Exhibitions, Critic, Teacher.
Writing, promotion, marketing, fundraising, networking, budgeting, networking, collaboration.
As a traditional liberal studies area, the Art, Literature, and Culture concentration leads to wide-reaching job possibilities in the cultural sector or beyond. With critical and creative thinking skills, plus clear communication abilities, this background is suitable for any liberal arts career. Employers continue to hire critical thinkers with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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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