Arts Development and Program Management (Master's)
The Arts Development and Program Management master's degree concentration 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. Designed and developed for professionals in the arts and culture field, the Arts Development and Program Management program focuses on the leadership knowledge needed to thrive in the rapidly changing arts and culture landscape. As students learn to become thought-leaders within the arts and culture industry, they are exposed to effective management skills, solution-oriented techniques applicable to arts organizations, and concepts for funding, marketing, and event planning.
Students gain tools and strategies to effectively plan, sustain, and develop strategic marketing and funding methodologies for arts organizations, both non−profit and for profit. Expert instructors who work in the fields they teach will provide industry insight and help students achieve the practical knowledge needed to work as effective arts managers. 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 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.
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.
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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
Event Promoter, Marketer, Agent, Manager, Gallery Owner/Director, Art Administrator, Festival Organizer, Community Arts Coordinator, Arts Entrepreneur, Local/State Arts and Culture Agency Director, Arts Advocate, Lobbyist.
Strategic planning, promotion, fundraising, talent scouting, facilities management, budgeting, administration, technology management, production support, recruitment, event planning.
Statewide initiatives across the country include prioritizing the creative economy and investment in the arts, according to several state arts and creative economy reports. A career as an arts manager will be demanding and competitive, but for the business savvy art lover, it will be rewarding as well. Employment for agents and business managers for artists and performers through 2018 is expected to grow much faster than the average, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. From community theaters to resident theaters, performing arts centers to opera houses, there are many venues that managers can excel in. Performing arts are more popular and lucrative in America today than ever before, according to "Performing Arts Management" by Tobie Stein.
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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