Course Information

Click on any course title below to read its description. Courses offered in the upcoming semester include a schedule along with the course description. The Arts Administration graduate degree program offers practical internship opportunities as well as international experience.

METAR510 Arts Leaders Forum

The "Arts Leaders Forum" consists of a series of conversations with arts leaders, including entrepreneurs, community leaders and established industry experts. Each week guests will share their experiences with the class. In addition to guest speakers, students will focus on leadership skills and exercises through readings and cases. The goal of this course is to give students insight into the pressing issues of managing arts organizations, to gain leadership skills and to provide insight into career options. 4 cr. 2nd sem. [4 credits]

METAR550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

An introductory course that examines ways to raise funds from government, foundation, corporate, and individual sources. The following topics will be addressed through lectures and case analysis: the history of philanthropy, the planning and research process, proposal and grant preparation, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND CAS 325 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR690 The Art World

An examination of the arts institutions, issues, and forces that shape the contemporary art world. Topics include government, cultural policy, National Endowment for the Arts, museums, symphonies, curators, critics, artists' rights, public art, corporate support, censorship, and feminism and multiculturalism. Usually taken as a first course. Non-Arts Administration students contact the Arts Admin Dept, 808 Commonwealth Ave. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND CAS B25A W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C2 IND CAS 229 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR711 Capital Campaigns

This course is designed to broaden the student?s understanding of capital campaign fundraising. Topics include: feasibility studies; strategic planning and budgeting; private and public phases; ethical responsibilities; staff, donor, volunteer, board, and trustee management; major gift solicitation; campaign communications; trend analysis; and evaluation. The course curriculum will include readings, case studies, guest speakers, and analysis of current capital campaign projects. [4 credits]

SUM1 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND KCB 106 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
METAR720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts

This course is designed to provide fundamental background in the theory and principles of arts marketing and audience development used by nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations. Case analysis will be employed to review strategies and practices currently used in the cultural sector. Students will be expected to develop their own marketing plans for an arts organization. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND COM 217 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR722 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions

Course will review the history, theory, and practice of educational programming and audience engagement in both museums and performing arts organizations. Emphasis will be on analysis of program design, implementation, and evaluation; teacher training, and creation of youth and adult learning programs. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND PHO 205 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR723 Individual Fundraising

This course will address the full range of issues related to attracting financial support from individuals. Topics will include: raising dollars annually for operations, raising funds through special events (fundraisers), cultivating and soliciting major gifts, and the basics of bequests and estate planning as well as ethical issues and working effectively with donors and volunteers. Course work will include readings, case studies, and guest speakers. [4 credits]

METAR730 Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts

Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts will address the politics of arts and culture through seminars with political and cultural leaders, class discussion, readings, and research. Students will develop advocacy campaign plans and analyze how cultural organizations interact with all levels of government. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND CAS 326 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR750 Financial Management for Nonprofits

Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the not-for-profit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND CAS B06B M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR766 Arts and the Community

An analysis of issues that involve the engagement of cultural institutions with their immediate community. Includes examination of local arts centers, local arts councils, arts service organizations, agency/government relations, urban issues, multiculturalism, and festivals. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND CAS B06A W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations

A review of topics essential for successful management of performing arts organizations.Examination of both facilities management and company management. Studies include organizational structure, trustee/staff relations, marketing, audience building, fund-raising, tour management, box office management, budgeting, mailing list and membership management, human resource management and contract negotiation, performance measurement, and strategic planning. [4 credits]

METAR774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations

Emphasizes museums, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, fund-raising, crisis management, audience development, and strategic planning. [4 credits]

METAR777 Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration

Drawing on the resources of Boston University in Boston, London, and Dublin this course examines the nature of cultural policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Union from 1945 to the present. Through lectures and readings (drawn from public policy and economics), lectures by leading arts administration faculty members in Dublin and London, and visits to important international cultural venues, this course will examine the impact of cultural and national differences on the cultural policy making process. [4 credits]

SUM1 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SC1 IND SHA 210 T 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
METAR778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration

Analysis of legal implications of managing an arts institution. Topics include nonprofits and tax-exempt structure, contracts, copyright for performing and visual artists, artists' moral rights legislation, royalties and artists' economic rights, international movement of art (duties/immigration restrictions) and artists, nonprofit incorporation, and tax-exempt status for organizations. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND CAS 326 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
METAR779 Public Art Program Administration

An overview of public art programs in the United States and of related management issues. Includes government-sponsored funds for art and other funding systems; and working with federal, state, and local governments, artists, architects, and community groups in artist selection, site preparation and long-term maintenance. [4 credits]

METAR780 Arts in Cuba

An examination of the arts in Cuba from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on the unique role of the artist in Cuban society since the revolution and the role of migration across borders in the definition of identities and aesthetics. There will be visits to museums, music, theater and dance companies and foundations and government agencies that support the arts in Cuba. The course will take a highly contextual approach, locating the artwork, as much as possible in its historical, social, economic and cultural context. There will also be visits to artists' studios, talks with Cuban artists, and walking tours of the architecture of Havana. Cuba, U.S. and Europe's social models will be analyzed via comparative, historical and contemporary frameworks that define borders and identities and that shape people's movements, ideologies and migrations. [4 credits]

METAR781 Special Topics in Arts Administration

Topic for Fall2016: Arts and Culture in Mexico, from the Revolution to the 21st century.
Mexican cultural and aesthetic production enables a unique understanding of Mexico's history and society. Through a combination of perspectives, including auteurism, cultural studies, and genre-centered approaches, this multidisciplinary course will focus on the intermingling of high art and popular culture. Students will be exposed to major works by well-known painters, and symphonic composers. However, they will also study the expressive practices of everyday life, including telenovelas, rock music, and street art, and how these practices contribute to convey a sense of identity, as well as to reproduce (or challenge) social values and norms. Finally, the course will expose students to a transatlantic/transnational approach to Mexico's cultural and aesthetic production by studying collaborative projects among Mexican and foreign artists. [4 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SUM1 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND COM 215 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
METAR787 The Arts in Barcelona

This course will look at the ways in which the arts have played a key role in the history of Barcelona and Madrid and by extension, Spain. To understand the city and its inhabitants and their sensibility one needs to have some knowledge of history -- particularly 20th century history and art history. To the Catalonian, Spain is to some degree an intellectual and political construct and there is a complex history in its relation to Madrid. With its own language, cultural traditions and cuisine the Catalonian sees himself as distinct from the Castilian Spanish speaking population of Spain. As a culture that experienced considerable oppression -- especially during the Franco regime, Catalonians are eager to celebrate and preserve their distinct customs and traditions. This has become particularly important over the past years as the Spanish economy has been in recession and the movement for Catalan independence was put to a vote this past winter. The course will focus on the relationship between the two cities and on the visual representations of social conflicts, civil unrest, violence and Foucauldian representations of madness in the arts. [4 credits]

METAR789 Cultural Entrepreneurship

This course explores the emerging field of cultural entrepreneurship and covers a variety of topics, including: the artist as entrepreneur; new business models for creative entrepreneurs; branding, storytelling and design; the artist and social impact; and the role of entrepreneurs in cultural organizations. Through case studies, guest speakers, readings, and group exercises, students learn about innovative entrepreneurial initiatives that straddle the boundaries between the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Guided exercises enable students to assess and develop their skills as future change agents and entrepreneurs. This class is designed for graduate students in the Arts Administration program. [4 credits]

METAR802 Internship in Arts Administration I

Two consecutive two-credit courses for planning (AR 802) and fieldwork (AR 803) phases of the internship. Arts Administration degree students only. [2 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 EXP FLR 134 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

SUM1 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SC1 EXP EPC 203 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
METAR803 Internship in Arts Administration II

Two consecutive two-credit courses for planning (AR 802) and fieldwork (AR 803) phases of the internship. Students may not register for MET AR 803, or begin their actual internship until they have completed a minimum of six of the ten required courses. Arts Administration degree students only. [2 credits]

FALL 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 EXP FLR 134 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

SUM1 2016

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SC1 EXP EPC 203 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
METAR804 Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations

The purpose of this course is to increase students' ability to analyze and solve problems that confront arts organizations. Students will apply financial, marketing, fundraising, and legal knowledge and techniques to (1) in-class discussion of key management issues of concern to senior leadership, and (2) a semester-long consulting project which partners and team of students with a local arts organization. Permission from instructor required/arts administration students only. Students may not register for MET AR 804 until they have completed a minimum of six required courses. [4 credits]