Arts Administration Graduate Courses

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MET AH 588 The Arts in Cuba

Offered between semesters, Arts of Cuba is a survey of the visual arts in Cuba from the early twentieth century to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary art and an examination of the role of the artist in Cuban society. Work is discussed in its historical, social, economic, and cultural context. Students visit artists' studios, talk with Cuban artists and art administrators, and visit Havana's important museums and arts organizations. Meets on campus and in Cuba.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 510 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 cr. ]

MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Ibrahim CAS 325 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 650 Writing for the Arts

Arts professionals straddle two worlds, the world of the artist and the world of the manager. As artists, their job entails challenging the world; as managers, they must accommodate it. The course gives students the opportunity to develop written materials such as cover letters, resumes, fundraising appeals, press releases and exhibition and performance notes. Regular writing and critique assignments in a workshop format.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 690 The Art World
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Staff CAS 315 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C2 IND Maloney CAS 229 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 700 Leadership and Career Development for Arts Administrators

This course will cover both the theory and practice of effective leadership and career development in the arts. Topics will include negotiation and presentation skills, decision-making, consensus building, management styles, self-assessments, mock interviews, resume and cover letter strategies, and networking skills. Assignments will include experiential exercises, case studies, interviewing of leaders, public speaking, resume, cover letter, and mock interviews.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 711 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 cr. ]

MET AR 720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts
Fall ‘15

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. Arts Admin students only. Prerequisite: AR690  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Roth SHA 210 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 722 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Sutherland SMG 316 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 723 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 cr. ]

MET AR 730 Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Hunter CAS 221 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 740 Arts and the Internet

The course examines the World Wide Web and digital technology, as they relate to Artists and Arts organizations. Class will include presentations, lectures, readings and class discussions. Special attention is given to critical examination, and formal treatment for site development, which will include; analyzing an organization, and other websites of similar organizations, defining the needs of the organization, how the on-line presentation should be visualized, and developing the technical skills students will need as future art administrators.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Orlinoff CAS 323A M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 766 Arts & the Community
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Staff CAS B14 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 771 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 cr. ]

MET AR 774 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 cr. ]

MET AR 777 Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration

Students travel to London for one week while examining the nature of cultural policy in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union from 1950 to the present.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Caruso CAS 226 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AR 779 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 cr. ]

MET AR 780 Arts in Cuba

Offered in early January (Spring Semester), The Arts in Cuba examines the role of contemporary art, culture and artists in Cuba. The emphasis is on visual arts and the role of the artist in Cuban society, but music, theater and dance are also discussed in their historical, social, economic, and cultural context. We will have the opportunity to visit many of the key cultural institutions in Havana and hear from their leaders how these institutions function. Meets on campus (three times) and in Cuba for one week.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 781 Special Topics in Arts Administration

Various course topics to be selected by program faculty to respond to current issues in the field of arts administration.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 787 The Arts in Barcelona

International travel course in which students have the opportunity to visit cultural institutions and meet professionals in the arts field. Discussion topics include cultural policy, museum systems, financing the arts in Barcelona, European copyright issues, and the theater and music institutional framework and support system. 4 cr   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship

Explores the emerging field of cultural entrepreneurship. The course covers a variety of topics, including the artist as entrepreneur; new business models for arts organizations; art and social change; and the role of entrepreneurs in cultural organizations. Through case studies, guest speakers, readings, and group exercises, students will 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.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AR 802 Internship in Arts Administration
Fall ‘15

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

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 EXP Maloney FLR 134 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MET AR 803 Internship in Arts Administration
Fall ‘15

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 EXP Maloney FLR 134 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MET AR 804 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 cr. ]