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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). Coursework in the MA Track is done entirely online and includes financial management, development, fundraising, marketing, legal issues, leadership, and board development. At the end of the program, students will complete a final project which focuses on the practical aspects of the academic material studied.

This degree track begins at an intensive three-day conference in Cedar City each fall. The conference includes program orientation, master classes, and workshops. This event introduces students not only to the field of arts administration, but Arts Administration faculty and fellow students in both degree tracks.

The Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration (MFA-AA) degree track is a two-year academic and experiential learning course of study that  includes 60 credit hours (see MFA Curriculum) combined with work opportunities through our professional affiliates. The track begins each fall at an intensive three-day conference which includes program orientation, master classes, and workshops. This event introduces students not only to the field of arts administration, but Arts Administration faculty and fellow students in both degree tracks.

A limited number of students are accepted to the MFA track 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:

  • Leadership and management in the nonprofit world 
  • The promotion and funding of arts organizations
  • Advocating for the arts

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