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Master of Arts (MA-AA) & Master of Fine Arts (MFA-AA) in Arts Administration

Managing the Creative Process

Southern Utah University has designed this program to be completed online in order to be most effective for working professionals. Students will learn essential knowledge from experienced professors and will gain valuable connections in the art world through SUU.

The art world is an intricate domain wherein creativity thrives. Individuals with delicate managerial sensibilities are needed in galleries, studios, and performing arts centers across the world. A degree in Arts Administration will grant the necessary experience to develop professional skills and advance in the art world.

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MA-AA) degree track includes specialized graduate coursework totaling 36 credit hours (see MA Curriculum) that develop graduates who balance administrative systems with creative process in an effort to ensure the artistic integrity and economic sustainability of arts organizations. 

Southern Utah University has designed this program to be completed online in order to be most effective for working professionals. Students will learn essential knowledge from experienced professors and will gain valuable connections in the art world through SUU.

The Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration (MFA-AA) degree track is a two-year resident academic and experiential learning course of study that begins each fall. The program includes 60 credit hours (see MFA Curriculum) combined with work opportunities through our professional affiliates: artsFUSION, Frehner Museum of Natural History, the Southern Utah Museum of Art, SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

A limited number of students are accepted to the program each year, thereby providing the highest level of personal instruction and mentoring in the classroom. Students also receive several opportunities outside of the classroom to participate in both scholarly and practical activities and projects. This combination of personalized academics and experiential learning gives students the tools necessary to compete in today’s job market.

Students will gain skills applicable to:

  • Arts management in nonprofit organizations
  • Substantial project-building and maintenance
  • Promotional areas necessary to enhance and fund the arts

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