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.