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Arts Development and Program Management (Master's)

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Designed and developed for professionals in the arts and culture field, this concentration provides best practices for funding, marketing, and planning events for the arts. Build your leadership knowledge and learn about arts administration, program management, and fundraising. As the arts and culture landscape continues to thrive, particularly in local economics, you’ll need practical, hands-on experience managing the arts. You’ll learn how to:

  • Plan events that promote the arts
  • Determine, develop, and retain key audiences
  • Build a strategic marketing plan using various forms of media
  • Gain funding through grants, fundraising, and donations

In this master's concentration, you’ll gain the tools and strategies to effectively plan, sustain, and develop strategic marketing and funding opportunities for both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

To learn more about the program outcomes, please view the Arts And Culture program overview page.

Required Courses

MLS in Arts And Culture with a concentration in Arts Development and Program Management 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.

Elective Options - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Elective 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.

Please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

MALS 4905 Graduate Social Research Methods is required for the Arts, Development & Program Management concentration. MALS 4915 Research in Humanities is required for Creative Writing and Art, Literature & Culture concentrations.

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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Careers in Arts Development and Program Management

Agent, Arts Administrator, Arts Advocate, Arts Entrepreneur, Community Arts Coordinator, Development Director; Event Planner, Event Promoter, Festival Organizer, Gallery Owner, Government Arts Program Manager, Lobbyist

Administering arts education and outreach programs; advocating for arts policies and programs; developing budgets and production timelines; maintaining contact and donor databases; managing employees and volunteers; negotiating contracts; overseeing arts facilities and venues; participating in strategic planning and development processes; planning promotional, fundraising, and other special events; recruiting and scouting artistic talent; securing financial and promotional support for creative endeavors

Arts, literature, and culture have a huge economic impact in the US, not to mention an important role in the human experience. According to the publication “Arts & Economic Prosperity IV,” nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity every year and supports 4.13 million full-time jobs. Among those employed in the arts are a select group of professionals who help to manage education, enrichment, development, and outreach programs in support of creative and cultural endeavors. Openings in this field can be found in government, non-profit, and arts-centric business worldwide, and offer fulfilling careers that ensure continued access to and appreciation for creative expression.

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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