The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration provides an interdisciplinary approach to leadership innovation in performance, visual arts, cultural, and community organizations.
The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration challenges students to create diverse, viable, and sustainable projects and arts organizations. The program encourages students to use entrepreneurial practices in order to create transformation and to design innovative planning and engagement strategies. Course and project work contain embedded experiential opportunities to explore and demonstrate transformational arts management approaches.
The arts sector is more vital and dynamic than ever, flourishing in major arts institutions and “non-hierarchical organizations,” including artist-run spaces and community organizations. This context, paired with changes in the nonprofit funding climate of the past thirty years, have generated a need to transform leadership training in the arts sector. Increasingly, creative thinkers must be equipped with administrative, analytical, and technological skill sets to work within the complex, interdependent arts and cultural ecosystem.
Core courses offer an interdisciplinary graduate education focused on leadership innovation in nonprofit performance, visual arts, cultural, and community organizations.
Elective courses allow students to focus their education within the field of arts administration.
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Admissions deadline for Fall term: August 15
Admissions deadline for Spring term : November 15
Please contact the program coordinator for details regarding the modified course sequence for students enrolling in the spring.
Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration General Requirements
AACE 6000 - Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership
AACE 6010 - Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations
AACE 6020 - Experiential Study in Arts Administration
Complete one of the followingt:
AACE 6110 - Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations
AACE 6200 - Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs
AACE 6210 (Building Value through Cultural Enterprise)
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Art & Music Administration alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.