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Arts Management

Imagine you went to work every day to connect artists with audiences, vision with reality, and money with mission. That's what arts managers do, playing an essential role in transforming minds, lives, and communities through creative expression. The best among them bring more than passion and good intent, they bring purpose, focus, and a jam-packed toolkit of essential skills and abilities.

For almost four decades, the Arts Management Program at American University has nurtured the toolkits and talents of extraordinary arts and cultural managers. Our graduates find work quickly, almost 100 percent within six months of receiving their degrees. And they make an impression early, rising into significant management roles at the world's best arts organizations.  

Our distinctive strategy for student success is powerful:

  • intensive curriculum refined by research and professional practice;

  • world-class, full-time faculty, internationally respected for their thought leadership in arts and culture;

  • a vibrant network of global professionals;

  • hands-on learning with leading organizations;

  • and program-wide commitment to individual student support and success.

Place it all in a university that's hard-wired into one of the world's most dynamic and diverse cultural cities, and you have a learning opportunity unlike any other.

We offer a comprehensive two-year master's degree with evening classes for active professionals, as well as graduate certificates in arts management, international arts management, and technology in arts management that can be completed independently or in combination with the master's degree. Our students benefit from global collaborations, with Sotheby's in London, the U.S. State Department, major foundations, and executive education programs from around the world. And our network is powerful at home, with internships, partnerships, and placements among the DC-area's leading cultural institutions.

Please feel free to contact us directly with any unanswered questions or to schedule an interview at artsmgtrecruiting@american.edu.

Sotheby’s Arts and Business Program

New partnership with the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) in London allows AU arts management students to spend a semester in London enrolled in Sotheby’s Arts and Business program.

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Video: A Look Inside the Arts Management Program

Faculty and students discuss what sets the Arts Management Program apart.

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