The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration challenges students to create diverse, viable, and sustainable projects and organizations; to use entrepreneurial practices in order to create transformation; to develop and deploy new arts and culture sector-focused business and analytic skills; and to design innovative planning and engagement strategies. Course and project work contains 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. In response, the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration offers an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on leadership innovation in nonprofit performance, visual arts, cultural, and community organizations. This program is conveniently offered 100% online.


The curriculum for the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration engages with management aspects of interdisciplinary arts and cultural fields. Students take three core courses and select one directed elective.

Required Courses:

  • AACE 6000 Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership (3 CH)
  • AACE 6010 Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations (3 CH)
  • AACE 6020 Experiential Study in Arts Administration (3 CH)


  • AACE 6110 Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations (3 CH)
  • AACE 6200 Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs (3 CH)
  • AACE 6210 Building Value Through Cultural Enterprise (3 CH)


Sample Course Materials


Course Descriptions




Please visit the CAMD Graduate Studies website for detailed admission information including a listing of required application materials and answers to frequently asked questions.

Applicants will automatically be considered for a tuition scholarship of up to 35%, bringing the total tuition for the full program to approximately $11,180 based on 2017-2018 tuition rates.




Michelle Conceison, MBA, Assistant Academic Specialist – Music Industry


Robert Lyons, MBA, Visiting Lecturer – Music Industry


Darren Evans, Theatre Operations Specialist

Rebekah E. Moore, MA, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor – Music Industry