About the Master of Arts in Arts Administration
This low-residency degree program is designed for individuals with experience in non-profit arts organizations who seek to enhance their effectiveness and advance their ongoing careers as arts administration professionals. The 36-hour degree program emphasizes leadership in the non-profit arts environment—visual arts, dance, music, theatre, museum, cultural institution and performing arts administration. It includes a core of 18 weekend sessions (18 credit hours), four courses relating to field-based practicum and thesis preparation (12 credit hours), and two one-week summer institutes (6 credit hours) spread out over two years of full-time enrollment. Classes meet one weekend each month during the fall and spring semesters, one weekend in the Maymester term, and one full week in June.
Participants are admitted in cohorts beginning in the fall semester of each year. Cohort members develop strong bonds of camaraderie that transform into a vital network of professional peers after graduation. The program features visits to non-profit arts organization sites in the region. The faculty includes course instructors who are all working professionals in arts administration and guest lecturers with specialized expertise in marketing, law, grant-writing, advocacy, and leadership. The individual academic and career consultation and guidance that faculty members provide remains a distinctive component of the program. Every month students meet in small groups and individually with their instructors to discuss their progress and set goals for the next phase of their learning. In the first year the instructors guide students in their reflections upon their field-based internship experience. Second-year students meet with an instructor to discuss the planning, research, and writing of their thesis projects. Faculty members serving on thesis committees continue to work with students beyond the second year until the thesis is complete. Students typically graduate a year after completing all the course work.
Students and graduates of the program have worked at organizations such as: Arts and Science Council (Charlotte, N.C.); Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (Charlotte, N.C.); Clinton Junior College Gallery (Rock Hill, S.C.); McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, N.C.); North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Education Institute (Charlotte, N.C.); North
Carolina Dance Theatre (Charlotte, N.C.); The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, N.C.); and The South Carolina State Museum (Columbia, S.C.).
Winthrop University is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), the international professional organization that promotes standards of education in arts administration.
The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program combines current theoretical study and academic research as well as applied practice to prepare reflective leaders to work with professional skill, creative initiative, and humane integrity in non-profit arts environments.
MAAA Program Goals
To provide students a curriculum of best practices in governance, audience development, financial management, and legal principles pertaining to non-profit arts.
To prepare students for leadership roles in community engagement with the arts, arts advocacy, and arts policy development.
To explore evolving technologies, global issues, ethical questions, and leadership practices as they relate to non-profit arts.
To guide students to successful completion of an individual investigation or applied thesis research project as a culminating experience.