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Art and Design Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts Administration

This diploma program is no longer accepting new applications.

The growth in the number of visual and performing arts organizations and the influences of a constantly changing economic, cultural, and technological landscape offer rich opportunities for skilled arts professionals. Whether you are currently working as an arts administrator and seek to improve your skills or attain a new position, or you are considering a career change, the Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts Administration will provide you with some of the managerial, fundraising, marketing, and financial skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of nonprofit arts organizations. This diploma is ideal for practicing and aspiring arts professionals, artists, and performers looking to enhance their art-making careers with positions in arts management, as well as for those who do not have the time or resources to commit to a full-time program of study. Develop important critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills while expanding your professional networks and learning from experts in the field.

The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the four required courses and one elective course within two years.

For further advisement, please contact the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at sps.cala@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

2 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • Knowledge of the history and structure of arts organizations in the United States
  • An understanding of the interrelationship between arts organizations and the communities they serve
  • Proficiency in financial management and fundraising techniques
  • Familiarity with 21st-century trends and challenges for arts organizations
  • Knowledge of governance, leadership, and the process of strategic planning
  • The ability to market an organization and its programs to a variety of audiences

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED

All Courses Required

Financial Management for the Arts

Gain an understanding of the financial foundation of cultural organizations, which is critical to your success and the success of your organization.

2018 Fall
1 section

Nonprofit Arts Management

Learn the fundamentals of healthy nonprofit arts organizations by surveying the principal concerns and skills required of an arts manager.

2018 Summer
1 section

Marketing and Community Engagement for the Arts

Examine what a nonprofit arts manager must know about the business of marketing the visual and performing arts.

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Development for the Visual and Performing Arts

Learn the techniques, skills, and strategies for implementing an effective fundraising plan for arts organizations in challenging times.

ELECTIVE

Complete 1

Managing Museums and Other Cultural Institutions

Gain knowledge of the relationships among collecting, preserving, and presenting works of art and cultural heritage.

Managing Performing Arts Organizations

Learn to develop programs that further an organization’s mission while attending to the needs and interests of existing and potential audiences.

OPTIONAL

JobFocus: Visual and Performing Arts Administration

Gain a better understanding of long-term career management strategies in the field of visual and performing arts administration.

2 sections

General Admission Requirements

  • Resume
  • Two references
  • Essay
  • A bachelor’s degree or four years of professional experience

Financial Management for the Arts

Gain an understanding of the financial foundation of cultural organizations, which is critical to your success and the success of your organization.

2018 Fall
1 section

Nonprofit Arts Management

Learn the fundamentals of healthy nonprofit arts organizations by surveying the principal concerns and skills required of an arts manager.

2018 Summer
1 section

Marketing and Community Engagement for the Arts

Examine what a nonprofit arts manager must know about the business of marketing the visual and performing arts.

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Development for the Visual and Performing Arts

Learn the techniques, skills, and strategies for implementing an effective fundraising plan for arts organizations in challenging times.

Managing Museums and Other Cultural Institutions

Gain knowledge of the relationships among collecting, preserving, and presenting works of art and cultural heritage.

Managing Performing Arts Organizations

Learn to develop programs that further an organization’s mission while attending to the needs and interests of existing and potential audiences.

JobFocus: Visual and Performing Arts Administration

Gain a better understanding of long-term career management strategies in the field of visual and performing arts administration.

2 sections