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While many arts organizations operate on a nonprofit basis, theater, film, television, publishing, visual art, design and music have had equal importance as drivers of innovation and economic growth. The MA in Arts Management program has been designed with that duality in mind, spanning the spectrum from the visual and performing arts to museum management, media and entertainment in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors. Its goal is to produce skilled administrators, executives and entrepreneurs who understand what is needed to build and guide the next generation of creative leadership in these disciplines.

A highlight of the program is the Arts Consulting Practicum, a capstone course in which top students have the opportunity to work as consultants for arts organizations, often in paid positions, and submit a report of their observations and recommendations as a final project. Students have conducted projects for the Durfee Foundation, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Stage Alliance, and the Center for Cultural Innovation, to name just a few.

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  • Curriculum


    Click here to view our 2017-18 Master's Degree curriculum (PDF).


    Nonprofit Arts Management

    Addressing the most challenging aspects of nonprofit management and administration, this concentration includes courses on leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, cultural policy, as well as finance and accounting for nonprofits. Elective options cover a wide variety of disciplines, including museum studies, entrepreneurship, social practice, exhibition making, public media, and more.

    Art Museum Management

    In collaboration with The Getty Leadership Institute (GLI), CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities, the Art Museum Management concentration prepares the next generation of museum administrators for what is arguably a new golden age of visual art museums and related organizations. Drawing upon GLI’s 36-year legacy of training top museum executives, this program extends its expertise to students who wish to follow a similar professional and scholarly career path. Students are taught by many of the same faculty and professionals who participate in GLI’s executive education program.

    Arts Media & Entertainment

    New technology has changed the ways in which our society generates, distributes, and consumes content, making it easier for small groups or individuals to produce professional work for both mass and niche audiences. The institutional frames that fostered diverse types of content have begun to blur: artists are making movies, arts organizations are becoming media outlets, actors are making performance art. Looking towards the next generation of creative leadership, this concentration builds an essential knowledge base and provides the tools needed to manage and market content and innovation in arts-centered digital and conventional media. Students also enjoy access to the Intercollegiate Media Studies offerings of the Claremont Colleges, which offer upper-level courses in film/video production and digital and electronic media, as well as in media history and theory.
  • Faculty


    Jonathan T.D. Neil: Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Los Angeles
    Alma Ruiz: Senior Fellow
    Laura ZuckerSenior Fellow

    Jenny Darroch: Professor of Marketing, Drucker School of Management
    Ron Evans: Faculty
    Christian HuemerFaculty
    Maria Rosario JacksonFaculty
    Melody KanschatFaculty
    Kibum KimFull-time Faculty
    John E. McGuirk: Faculty
    Karen McManusFaculty
    Katharina PickClinical Assistant Professor, Drucker School of Management
    Jay PragClinical Associate Professor, Drucker School of Management
    Faith Raiguel: Faculty
    Christopher S. Reed: Faculty
    Rosemary Ringwald: Faculty
    Amy Shimshon-SantoFaculty
    Barbara StronginFaculty
    Hovig Tchalian: Assistant Professor, Drucker School of Management
    Irene Tsatsos: Faculty
    Hope Tschopik Schneider: Faculty

    James Wallace: Associate Professor, Drucker School of Management
    Kejia Wu: Faculty
    Sam Kang: Faculty
    Bronwyn Mauldin: Faculty
  • Course Fees & Application

    Course Fees & Application

    2018-2019 tuition per semester: $26,432

    Tuition is calculated on students taking 16 units per semester. The program requires 48 units of academic credit for the degree. The 2018-19 unit cost is $1,847, and the aggregate tuition-per-semester listed above includes a standard merit-based fellowship of $4000 a semester.

    Applicants who demonstrate higher than average levels of prior academic excellence and whose professional experience and backgrounds are exemplary and will enhance the profile of the student body may be considered for additional fellowships. These fellowships are awarded by the admissions committee based upon submitted application materials. The program does not offer needs-based fellowships at this time.

    Student fees, per semester: CGU Student fee: $200 Technology fee: $100

    Travel fee, per semester: $2950* Both the Art Business and the Arts Management programs  require travel, which includes visits to arts institutions and events both domestic and abroad. So that the Institute can buy tickets and make reservations in advance, travel costs for the academic program are calculated and charged for the full academic year during registration for the first semester.

    * Individual courses that include their own field study component may require additional travel fees.

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Matt O'Connor, Assistant Director, Admissions
    1017 North Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont
    California, 91711 USA
    T +1.303.437.8554

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