Undergraduate Program

Arts Management Minor

The field of visual and performing arts offers many career paths that rely on a strong foundation in one or more art forms and require specific knowledge and skills in administration and management. The minor in arts management is open to all CVPA majors as well as art history majors. All other students must complete 9 credits of arts-related course work to be eligible for this minor.

Graduate Program

MA in Arts Management

The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. The Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of arts organizations. The demand for arts managers with skills in financial and budgetary management, strategic management and entrepreneurship, and public relations, including marketing and advertising, has arguably never been more acute. The need for arts managers with skills in philanthropy, fund raising, and ongoing relationship management in the private and public arts sectors also continues to grow at a fast pace.

The MA is a 36-credit program of study that provides a core curriculum in the fundamentals of arts management. Students complete a 24-credit core and then select 9 credits of approved elective courses. Students also take an internship, which affords an in-depth opportunity to work with professionals in the field. The internship provides the opportunity to work at more than 60 different visual and performing arts venues in Washington, D.C., as well as national and international locations.

Faculty

Program Director

Claire Huschle

Assistant Program Director

Nicole Springer

Professor

Reeder

Associate Professors

Rosenstein

Assistant Professors

Cissna, Gao, Huschle (program director)

Adjunct Faculty

Alnouri, Berardelli, Bigelow, Bursten, Corbett, Damer, Fries, Garfinkle, Hill, Kamara, Kennedy, MacKay, Miller, Rosenfeld, Salmon, Smyers, Thompson

Admissions Requirements

The program is geared toward those with a passion for the arts. Diversity among applicants is anticipated and sought, and candidates are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Work experience is strongly preferred. It is anticipated that some students will come from the arts community, with experience and training in music, dance, theater, visual and technical arts and wish to add the skills of marketing, finance, strategy, fundraising, entrepreneurship, and management to their repertoire. It is also expected that some students will enter with more developed skills in business and wish to unite these skills with prior experiences in the arts.

For admissions requirements and deadlines, applicants should visit the graduate admissions page of the Arts Management website.

Arts Management (AMGT)

400 Level Courses

AMGT 402: Professional Development. 1 credit.
Seminar course that involves the development of workplace frameworks for success. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior standing, admission to the arts administration minor, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 405: Seminar in Arts Management. 3 credits.
Focuses on not-for-profit visual and performing arts organizations. Topics covered include the evolution of the field, the internal culture and structure, external influences, governance, planning, human resources, marketing, fundraising, financial management, economic impact, and other topics. Students will be introduced to a wide range of arts organizations, working arts administrators, and institutional models through field trips, guest lectures, readings, and institutional data. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior standing, admission to arts administration minor, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 410: Arts Advocacy and Community. 3 credits.
This course is an overview of advocacy and community engagement as practiced by the arts manager, artist, and educator. Students will learn to identify the need for community engagement and to develop successful techniques to implement outreach. Other topics will include accessibility, diversity, volunteerism, and governance. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of program director.
Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 471: Introduction to Grant Writing. 1 credit.
Course focuses on developing the skills necessary for successful grant applications for arts organizations. Study of relevant funding sources, awareness of available research materials, ability to construct coherent proposals, and defining fund-raising strategy for an arts organization. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior standing, admission to the arts administration minor, or permission of the instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 472: Technology in the Arts. 1 credit.
The one constant in life is change. In today's world, both technology and arts organizations are changing. This course will give a broad overview of the technologies commonly used in entrepreneurial, small, and large arts organizations and examines the intersection of technology, management, and the arts. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 489: Internship in Arts Management. 1-4 credits.
Apprenticeship, internship, or project with organization or individual in the arts. Must be prearranged with the minor coordinator before enrollment. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior Standing, completion of 6 credits of courses in area of residency, AMGT 305, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

500 Level Courses

AMGT 504: Professional Development Arts Management. 1 credit.
Combines experimental facets happening within the creative community and the development of an increasing awareness of self. Professional development is not only for the manager, but also for those who work for that manager. It is collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage. Topics addressed include professional development, consultation, coaching, communities of practice, lesson study, mentoring, reflective supervision and technical assistance. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 511: Introduction to Grant Writing. 1 credit.
Places components of the grant writing process; including research, proposal writing, terminology, oral and written techniques, and specific focus; within broader context of nonprofit management. Introduction to perspectives of grant seeker and maker. Discover resources and compelling writing skills pertaining to proposal and letters of intent. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 512: Grant Writing in the Arts. 1 credit.
Places components of grant writing process within broader context of nonprofit management. Introduction to perspectives of grant seeker and maker. The grant writing process: research, proposal writing, terminology, oral and written techniques, and specific focus. Discover resources and compelling writing skills pertaining to proposal and letters of intent. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit. Equivalent to AMGT 712.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 513: Technology in the Arts. 1 credit.
The one constant in life is change. In today's world, both technology and arts organizations are changing. This course will give a board overview of the technologies commonly used in entrepreneurial, small, and large arts organizations and examines the intersection of technology, management, and the arts. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 599: Special Topics in Arts Management. 1-6 credits.
Provides opportunity to explore special and timely topics in arts management including theoretical and applied areas. Topics and credit vary; may be repeated for up to 12 credits taken under different topics. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

600 Level Courses

AMGT 601: Fund Raising/Development I. 3 credits.
Overview for students seeking general knowledge, as well as introductory course for those who will complete the fund-raising concentration. Teaches role of fund raising as management function and part of overall strategic intention of arts organizations, presenting fund raising as a multifaceted, team-based process. Analyzes tools and techniques for effective fund raising. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 602: Seminar in Arts Management. 3 credits.
Develops tools and techniques necessary for successful pursuit of a management career in visual and performing arts. Introduces wide range of arts organizations, working arts administrators, and institutional models through guest lectures, readings, field trips, and analysis of institutional data. Students gain understanding of organizational structures and functions, as well as models for general management. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Corequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to English Language, Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
AMGT 603: Arts and Society. 3 credits.
Examines role of visual and performing arts, with emphasis on historic traditions and trends that have most directly influenced contemporary American practice. Consideration is given to the functions of art in society in addressing questions: What constitutes good or bad art? What is the value of art? What encouragements or impediments does our society offer to the creative artist or arts institution? Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 604: Public Relations and Marketing Strategies for the Arts I. 3 credits.
Teaches strategic way of thinking about audience, community, and markets. Structured into four modules, beginning with fundamentals of strategic planning. Students learn about external and internal environments and the interplay among them; discuss marketing fundamentals pertaining to arts audiences; and are introduced to fundamentals of applied marketing media and advertising fundamentals. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 606: Governance and Leadership. 3 credits.
Board development including oversight and management of a board, as well as understanding board functions. Board relationships, including volunteers, are essential through all of the stages of a management career. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 609: Performing Arts Management. 3 credits.
Bridging strategic planning and marketing; audience development; financial management; and board and volunteer management with issues of scheduling, ticketing and sales, mission integration and strategic challenges of new facilities, and growth and operations of existing ones. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 610: Visual Arts Management. 3 credits.
Covers the many facets of visual art gallery management, from practical considerations of daily operations to the broader examination of gallery's role in art education, criticism, and art market. Topics such as exhibition coordination and installation, contracts, artist representation, fine art insurance, exhibition policies, budgets, and marketing are covered, along with the responsibility of educating a diverse public. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 620: Legal Aspects in Arts Management. 3 credits.
Overview of practical legal issues that will be encountered by arts managers of both for-profit and not-for-profit arts organizations, including contracts, copyrights, licensing, and for-profit and non-profit incorporation. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 640: Programming and Project Arts Management. 3 credits.
Provides both a theoretical framework for thinking about and assessing the value of various programming options and practical examples of the potential partners and resources available for program and project implementation. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

700 Level Courses

AMGT 704: Finance and Budgeting for Arts I. 3 credits.
Introduces budget and finance as fundamentals of the budget process, specifically tailored to needs of arts organizations. Provides overview of accounting as tool to manage and control arts organizations. Involves laboratory component for teaching software application frequently encountered in fiscal operation of arts organizations. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 705: Finance and Budgeting for Arts II. 2 credits.
Introduces budgeting, planning, and finance as fundamentals of the strategic planning process and management control, specifically tailored to the needs of arts organizations. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: AMGT 704
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 706: Festivals and Special Events. 3 credits.
Technical aspects of events and festival management. Topics may include cultural understanding, tourism, sponsorship, fund raising and development, logistics of scheduling and contracts, and the relationship to larger venues, marketing and sales, and budgeting. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 710: Arts Policy. 3 credits.
Reviews current state of the sector, familiarizing students with most common rationales for public support of the arts and respective roles of federal, state, and local governments and private policy actors. Examines dilemmas that arts organizations face in balancing need for government support and artistic integrity with push and pull of the market. Compares U.S. policies to other developed countries. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: AMGT 602B- and 603B-.
B- Requires minimum grade of B-.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 711: Directed Readings and Project. 1-6 credits.
Opportunity to engage in a more intensive study or project in arts management. Students partner with faculty member for intensive readings and project in strategy and planning in the arts, fundraising and development, entrepreneurial project work, arts marketing, arts policy and law, or other specialized areas pertinent to arts administration. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study
AMGT 740: Internal Internship. 2 credits.
Builds on apprenticeship as a core means of teaching applied concepts of arts management. Augments use of Center of the Arts and active arts environment, both performing and visual, as a learning laboratory. Builds on practical learning and provides internal training as preparation for external internship. Minimum 42 hours/credit. Required for developing practical application. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director. 9-credit standing.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship
AMGT 742: Internship I. 3 credits.
Provides a specific work environment to build on skills developed in the classroom and integrates work experience with specific academic exercises. Minimum 42 hours/credit. Required for developing practical application. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program, 15 credit standing; or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship
AMGT 752: Arts Entrepreneurship. 3,6 credits.
Lecture course in discovering and developing entrepreneurial skills in the arts. Students will conceive, develop, and present a for-profit or not-for-profit business plan and strategy; which will include model(s), market overview, management structure, along with revenue streams, an acquisition strategy, and technical and information technology strategies. Advanced course focuses on developing financial planning skills, funding strategies, marketing and arts sales. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program or permission of program director; AMGT 704.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
AMGT 790: External Internship. 1-4 credits.
Designed to follow internal internship. Provides a specific work environment to build on skills developed in the classroom and integrates work experience with specific academic exercises. Students advised to pursue a three-pronged approach toward specialization: electives; internal internship in the same area as concentrated electives; and external internship consistent with specialized course work and internal internship. Minimum 42 hours/credit. Required for developing practical application. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program, 15 credit standing or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship
AMGT 792: Internship II. 3 credits.
Provides a specific work environment to build on skills developed in the classroom and integrates work experience with specific academic exercises. Elective. Minimum 42 hours/credit. Required for developing practical application. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Arts Management program, 15 credit standing; or permission of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship
AMGT 795: Capstone in Arts Management. 1 credit.
Required in order to complete the MA AMGT degree. Provides students with the opportunity to deepen, expand, and demonstrate mastery of one area of arts management expertise. Builds on work undertaken in a completed AMGT course or internship. Faculty will provide guidance and approve capstone topics. The capstone is a required one-credit course. Students may register for the capstone after having completed all core course requirements for the MA AMGT degree. Offered by Coll Visual & Performing Arts. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 2 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: All core course requirements for the MA AMGT degree.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture