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:
Entry Terms: Fall Only
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.