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Arts Administration

Department of Arts & Humanities

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Program Description

The program in Arts Administration focuses on the missions and activities of art and cultural agencies and institutions and promotes the educational role of the arts and artists.   

The program reflects the conviction that the management of cultural institutions and enterprises is a profession that requires both creativity and commitment and that, at its best, the profession has a positive impact on the quality of artistic and social life. Arts Administration is organized in conjunction with the programs in Arts and Humanities, further reflecting the importance of the basic educational role, mission, and activities of the arts in both profit and nonprofit sectors.

In order to respond to the challenges and responsibilities facing the arts in the twenty-first century, the arts manager must have an amalgam of managerial and financial skills, a broad knowledge about artistic disciplines, an awareness of community dynamics, a commitment to education in its broadest sense, and a sensitivity to the artist and the artistic process. The essence of the program lies in its effort to provide a carefully constructed core curriculum while making available the extraordinary range of intellectual and cultural resources throughout Teachers College, Columbia University and within New York City. 

The objectives of the program include the following:

  • to train new leaders to manage and administer arts and cultural venues;
  • to raise the standards of arts administration to a new level of social responsibility;
  • to strengthen advocacy roles for artists;
  • to broaden the horizons of arts educators, facilitating their interactions with the arts community;
  • to give arts educators new management and administrative tools; and
  • to provide theoretical and practical preparation for students whose professional objective is a career in arts administration.


  • Master of Arts

    • Points/Credits: 48

      Entry Terms: Fall Only

      Degree Requirements

      The M.A. degree consists of 48 points of coursework:

      The 48 required points are comprised of: 30 points taken from the core program offerings, which includes 3 points of coursework through the Columbia Business School, 1 point for the Practicum, 2 points for an internship, and 3 points for the capstone thesis or project; 6 points of ARAD electives; 6 points of coursework outside of the Arts Administration Program to fulfill the breadth requirement through Teachers College courses; and 6 points taken as electives at Teachers College or Columbia University.  

      The core curriculum represents a unique alliance among the faculties of Teachers College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, an access to diverse academic offerings across Columbia’s many graduate programs and schools. Included in the core requirements are training in cultural data and analysis, policy, fundraising, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility), accounting, financial planning, marketing, entrepreneurship, labor relations, contracts, and copyright law.  Each student is evaluated in the first year to ensure that satisfactory progress is maintained. Please note: tuition rates may vary for non-TC courses, depending on the offering school.


  • Faculty

    • Jennifer Carroll Lena Associate Professor of Arts Administration
  • Instructors

    • Davinia Louise Gregory


  • A&HG 4013 - Cultural Policy
    A seminar covering historical and contemporary issues in arts policy focused on moments of economic, political, and social conflict and consensus.
  • A&HG 4174 - Law and the Arts I
    Permission required for non-AADM majors. Principal artistic applications of U.S. law in areas drawn from copyright law, unfair competition and trademark law, misappropriation, First Amendment questions, miscellaneous torts including rights of privacy and publicity, defamation, interference with contract, and other problems relating to authenticity of art works.
  • A&HG 4176 - Fundraising
    Permission from professor required for non-AADM majors. An overview of current thinking in the field on finding support and generating funds for cultural initiatives including traditional and non-traditional approaches, funding trend analysis and research, and social entrepreneurship and revenue generation.
  • A&HG 4182 - No Title Found in Banner
    AADM majors only. This course explores research design, ethics, data collection and analysis as they are employed in arts administrative contexts and relevant to arts administration capstone requirements.
  • A&HG 4370 - Practicum in arts administration
    Permission required. This is a required course that offers professional development sessions and in which students read and critique research and reports on the state of the field, and practices within it. This course must be completed prior to the required internship.
  • A&HG 4470 - No Title Found in Banner
    Permission required. Internship arranged with host institutions on an individual basis, taking into account the student’s needs, interests, and capacities and the host’s abilities to integrate those with its operation in an educationally useful manner. Minimum 75 hours. Pre-requisite: Practicum in Arts Administration
  • A&HG 4575 - Capstone Seminar in Arts Administration
    AADM majors only. Guided independent work culminating in a draft of the capstone project report. Prerequisite: Cultural Data & Analysis.
  • A&HG 4970 - Supervised individual research in arts administration
    Permission from the Program Director required. Independent research in arts administration.
  • A&HG 5175 - Entrepreneurship in the Arts
    Permission from professor required for non-AADM majors. Designed to integrate arts administration course-work from business, law, and the arts. Moves from the financial, cultural, political environment to strategic planning tools to specific arts situations in the creation and implementation of planning objectives.
  • A&HG 5179 - Making Sense of Censorship
    Uses a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the twin phenomena of censorship and freedom of expression, historically and at present. Censorship will be investigated as a social process, intricately linked with power, knowledge production, group struggles, and social change. Students will explore its causes and consequences and strategies of intervention.
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