Mark Mills, CAS/MA '06
To an aspiring arts manager, I would say that we have the best jobs!
Mark Mills developed relationships at AU that continued as his classmates became colleagues. As vice president of external affairs at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, he works with the board of trustees and oversees fundraising and government relations. He urges aspiring arts managers to take the time to appreciate the art and the impact arts organizations have on the community and the world.
The arts management program focuses across all arts disciplines, including the visual arts. Typically an incoming class consists of 20-30 percent visual arts students. The Katzen Arts Center and its 30,000 square-foot gallery space offers vast opportunities for those interested in visual arts. With this individually-designed curriculum, visual arts students may take electives and rotating topic courses in museum management, art history, etc.
Applicants must take the GRE or GMAT. However, there is no minimum score required; the DPA simply must have a score on file. Individuals with 8 years or greater professional experience may request to have the GRE/GMAT requirement waived.
The DPA offers a limited number of competitive fellowships for areas, including graduate recruitment, dance facilities manager, and teaching. Students interested in being considered for fellowships must submit a complete application no later than January 15 and include his or her request for consideration in the personal statement. Students are encouraged to pursue other areas of financial aid, including outside scholarships, federal loans, etc. Please visit the College of Arts and Sciences admissions Web site for more financial aid information.
Arts management students may participate in any of the DPA or university ensembles and performances. One credit per semester for a maximum of 3 credits may be applied to his/her academic program.
Each student application is reviewed individually, so no specific weight is placed on professional experience. Applications are evaluated in a holistic manner.
Comprehensive exams are a required component of the graduate programs in the DPA. The four-hour exam consists of three questions - 1 two-hour question and 2 one-hour questions. Each student selects two topic areas in addition to the general question. The comprehensive exam packet has additional information.
As a capstone project, students must register for 6 credits of Master's Thesis PERF-797, Directed Research PERF-793, or Master's Portfolio PERF-792. The Master's Thesis is a traditional research-based academic exercise designed for those interested in pursuing a PhD or work in a research field. The Directed Research project involves research with practical analysis or application, for example a case study or marketing plan. The Master's Portfolio involves an additional 200 hours of internship and the development of a creative professional portfolio.
To have your organization's internship posted to our student listserv, please send an internship description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The graduate certificate in arts management is a recognized form of continuing education. Students gain knowledge and experience in non-profit arts management, including fundraising, marketing and public relations, and Board of Director interactions through 15 credit hours of coursework. View the Certificate page for more information.
80+ applications are received each year. A maximum of 18 MA students and 4 certificate students are admitted each year.