George Mason University

Arts Management

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
United States


Graduate
Level

MA
Degree

Prof. Aimee Fullman
Director

Program Goals and Objectives

Critical, Practical, Experiential

The Arts Management Program at George Mason University seeks to advance the management of all aspects of the arts. Our graduates, taught by some of this country’s most outstanding practicing managers, provide for the development and nurturing of artists, audiences, and communities. The Mason Arts Management Program, located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, offers a MA in arts management, an undergraduate minor in arts management, and in partnership with the School of Theater, an accelerated MA in arts management/BA in theater. The program responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the world of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. Prospective students who are interested in visiting campus to learn more about the program are encouraged to attend an information session or to make an appointment for a individual meeting by completing this form or emailing ericks@gmu.edu.

Program Features

Through study that is critical, practical, and experiential, our curriculum encourages students to build a balanced foundation of executive leadership skills necessary to succeed in nonprofit visual and performing arts management. Management courses are situated in a core framework of classes devoted to understanding the place of arts in society, and designed to cultivate leadership and entrepreneurship in the arts.  Our alumni are transforming, inspiring and empowering communities by providing access to, and advocating for the arts, as leaders in nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations.

Curriculum

Learn to Sustain and Lead Arts Organizations

Our program, which is aimed at students interested in nonprofit performing or visual arts management, places a strong emphasis on developing practical managerial skills in financial management, marketing, public relations, governance, and development, through both classroom study and experiential learning. Management courses are situated in a core framework of classes devoted to understanding the place of arts in society, and designed to foster leadership and entrepreneurship in the arts. Internships are an integral part of the arts management student experience at Mason, and provide an opportunity to delve deeply into an area of arts management, while gaining professional experience through meaningful work.  Too see a list of where our students have interned visit: http://artsmanagement.gmu.edu/internships/

Core Course Work

  • Fundraising and Development
  • Arts and Society
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Governance and Leadership in the Arts
  • Finance and Budgeting for Arts
  • Arts Policy
  • Internship

Elective Course Work

  • International Arts Management – Study Abroad Course
  • Art Law
  • Grant Writing
  • Technology in the Arts
  • Arts Entrepreneurship
  • Festivals and Special Events

For more information on curriculum and co-curricular activities visit: http://artsmanagement.gmu.edu/course-descriptions/

Admissions

For full application information visit: http://artsmanagement.gmu.edu/admissions/

The program is geared toward those with a passion for the arts. Diversity among applicants is anticipated and sought, and candidates are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Work experience is strongly preferred. It is anticipated that some students will come from the arts community, with experience and training in music, dance, theater, and visual and technical arts and wish to add the skills of marketing, finance, strategy, entrepreneurship, and management to their repertoire. It is also expected that some students will enter with more developed skills in business and wish to unite these skills with prior experiences in the arts. Completed applications must be received by February 15 for fall and October 1 for spring.