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Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration

Program Advisor: Dr. Andrew Vorder Bruegge, 803/323-4850

 This low-residency certificate program is designed for individuals with fundamental, entry-level experience in non-profit arts organizations who seek to begin careers or enhance their effectiveness as arts administration professionals. This certificate is ideal for individuals who want advanced credentials and professional connections without the larger time commitment and academic requirements of a master's degree.  The weekend and online delivery allows students to develop their professional skills without compromising their family and career obligations.

Enrollment is only open to students who already hold a Bachelor's degree.

Professional Organization Affiliation

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.

Certificate Requirements

• Students must earn a B or better in all courses
• Required courses to complete:        

18 credits—9 per year spread over two years

 ARTA 600:  Principles and Practices of Arts Administration
 ARTA 610:  Leadership, Management, and Organizational Structure
 ARTA 620:  Marketing the Arts
 ARTA 630:  Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Fiscal Management
 ARTA 640:  Sustainability: Funding, Development, and Grants
 ARTA 650:  Arts Administration and the Law

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Certificate in Arts Administration:

Click here to begin the online application. In addition to meeting Winthrop University general admission requirements for all graduate students, applicants for admission must show high promise of success in graduate study in arts administration as demonstrated by an essay, documentation of education, and documentation of work experience in the arts or cultural environment.

Specifically applicants should:

1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
2. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
3. Have at least one year of work experience (professional or volunteer) in a non-profit arts/cultural environment;
4. Submit an essay describing their background in a non-profit arts/cultural environment and their reasons for pursuing this degree program;
5. Submit a current curriculum vitae; and
6. Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from arts and/or academic professionals are preferred.

Once students are admitted to the Graduate Certification in Arts Administration program, they may enroll immediately in the next course that begins after their acceptance. Please refer to the most recent schedule of courses for information on the next course being offered.

2015-16 Schedule (pdf - 330 KB)
2016-17 Schedule (pdf - 330 KB)
2017-18 Schedule (pdf - 335 KB)

Admission to the Master of Arts in Arts Administration Degree Program after the Certificate:

  • Upon successful completion of six hours, Graduate Certificate students may apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree program. If accepted, all credits earned toward the graduate certificate will be applied to the degree program.
  •  All students enrolled in the MAAA degree program from the beginning will receive a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration upon completion of these 18 credits.  They can then continue on towards the master’s degree. 

Assessment Plan Information

2017-18 Assessment Plan (pdf - 152 KB)

2017-18 Assessment Plan Review (pdf - 76 KB)



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