Program in Arts Administration - Columbia University, Teachers College

  • NY

About Us

The Program in Arts Administration provides instruction that strives to integrate four issues to help professionals meet the challenges of the coming decades: an increased understanding of the arts, the role of the arts in education, the business of the arts and arts law. Questions about the long-term health of arts organizations, their missions, governance, management, sources of income and tax regulations continue to be important issues for today’s leaders to consider.

The Arts Administration Program offers a 60-point Master of Arts degree that requires two-years of full-time graduate level-study. The core curriculum represents an unusual alliance among the faculties of Teachers College, the Graduate School of Business and Columbia Law School.

Courses are sequenced to provide the student with a well-rounded curriculum that builds both knowledge and experience. Core curriculum requirements include principles of arts administration in the performing and visual arts, cultural history, fund raising and development, labor relations, accounting, marketing, business policy, and arts law, including copyright and nonprofit incorporation. Courses in business and law are taken in cooperation with the Graduate School of Business and Columbia Law School. Electives are chosen both in Teachers College and from the larger Columbia community.

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