After one decade, SUU’s arts administration graduate program has established itself as one of the nation’s most outstanding platforms for an interdisciplinary education that develops well-rounded generalists employable in any of the arts disciplines as professional arts administrators. In line with a growing interest in the program and its ongoing success, Southern Utah University is pleased to announce its launch of an online Master of Arts (MA) program, commencing with the fall 2013 semester.
The program is one of just six online MA degrees in arts administration offered in the U.S. What's more, SUU’s program is the only online program in the West.
According to Rachel Bishop, interim director of the arts administration graduate program, “Many arts professionals who are already working in the field are looking to further their education, and this online MA degree was designed to fulfill that need."
The MA degree program will prepare graduates for management-level positions within nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This interdisciplinary program combines specialized coursework in arts administration, graduate-level course work in accounting, marketing, public budgeting and financial management, and a final project or thesis, totaling 36 credit hours.
Though all coursework for the program is online, the program opens with an intensive three-day workshop in Cedar City that will introduce students not only to the field of arts administration, but SUU's arts administration faculty and fellow students in both degree programs.
Graduates of the current MFA program have place in such recognized arts institutions and commercial firms as The Theatre School at Chicago’s DePaul University, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Missouri Arts Council and Utah Symphony & Opera.
The SUU arts administration graduate program (MFA degree) has been designed to blend a love of the arts with the professional business skills necessary to promote, maintain, enhance, and fund arts organizations. This two-year, year-round program develops skills in strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, budgeting and finance, advocacy, education, program development and community relations. Arts Administration students work alongside arts management professionals in the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, and the College of Performing and Visual Arts. The unique blend of classroom involvement and hands-on practical experience propels graduates into the Arts Administration job market that is actively seeking trained arts managers.
The University's arts administration website offers much more information, as well as application instructions, for those interested in pursuing an online arts administration MA degree.