Master of Arts Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome to the Arts Administration graduate program at the Southern Utah University. Pursuit of a graduate degree in the field of Arts Administration is challenging, but we hope you will find your experience at SUU to be enjoyable, intellectually stimulating, and rewarding.

Southern Utah University Mission Statement
Southern Utah University is a dynamic teaching and learning community that engages students in experiential education leading to personal growth, civic responsibility, and professional excellence.

College of Performing and Visual Arts Mission Statement
The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts serves as a catalyst for students to realize their creative potential by providing a personalized and rigorous learning environment, fostering experiential education and contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society.

Arts Administration Mission Statement
The Arts Administration Program develops graduates who advocate for the arts while balancing administrative systems with the creative process in an effort to ensure the artistic integrity and economic sustainability of arts and culture organizations.


Arts Administration Goals
The Arts Administration Program will:

  • Provide a personalized, interdisciplinary education
  • Develop well-rounded professionals employable in any arts discipline
  • Offer a nonprofit management curriculum and experiential learning opportunities
  • Advocate for the arts

Arts Administration Learning Outcomes
The Arts Administration Program has five learning outcomes that build upon those of The College of Performing and Visual Arts and Southern Utah University. Students will:

  • Become empowered advocates for the arts
  • Apply scholarly theory directly into professional practice
  • Develop adaptability and critical thinking skills necessary to work in the arts
  • Cultivate both practical and creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Communicate in an effective and persuasive way

SUU Student Conduct

Southern Utah University (SUU) establishes high expectations and community standards for its students. Students voluntarily assume the responsibility to meet these standards and expectations when they enroll at the University. When those standards and expectations are not met, SUU seeks to hold students accountable for their choices leading to conduct incongruent with SUU’s policies and procedures [please consult the Student Code of Conduct].

As Arts Administration students, you are encouraged to exceed these expectations, not only academically, but professionally. As part of the AA program, we expect that each student will have:

  • Honesty – Students will strive to be true to themselves and others while upholding the ideals of the SUU honor code and students will avoid all communication and actions that will mislead others.
  • Integrity – Students will honor commitments by practicing the highest ethical standards, and taking personal responsibility for your actions even when facing social and economic pressures.
  • Respect – Students will treat everyone with respect, dignity, and fairness with no tolerance for discrimination.
  • Global Awareness – Students will strive to understand and appreciate the diversity of the global environment, and be sensitive to the ramifications of their actions in the international community.
  • Excellence - Students will strive for a high level of academic excellence and professional achievement. Students will demonstrate their ability to perform while developing their intellectual capabilities and skills.

We hold these values in high regard and hope the student understands that their actions today and in the future reflect upon themselves and the College of Performing & Visual Arts and the AA Program.

Overview of AA-MA Track

The Master of Arts degree track includes specialized graduate coursework totaling 36 credit hours. 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.

AA Academic Information

Academic Standards

AA graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 [B] cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students who fall below the 3.0 standard will be contacted by their Advisor and asked to develop a plan to improve their GPA. Students who do not meet the 3.0 requirement within two semesters of coursework will be dismissed from the program. Please see Policy #6.54 Graduate Grading Policy.

Additionally, graduate students will not receive credit for a course where they achieved less than a 2.0 [C]. In such a case, the student may repeat the course once at their own expense, but the program cannot accommodate offering the course outside of the established sequencing. If the student receives less than a 2.0 [C] a second time, the student will automatically be dismissed from the program.

Students who complete at least 1/2 of a course’s requirements and are passing are eligible to receive an Incomplete grade if circumstances prevent the student from completing the course. The instructor has the authority and responsibility to decide whether to issue an Incomplete, and the student and instructor come up with an Incomplete Contract to finish the course.

Capstone

Students in the Arts Administration Master of Arts degree track will demonstrate knowledge of the field through a Capstone project, bringing evidence of increasing skills and applying scholarly theory directly into practice. Students must obtain Capstone approval from the Arts Administration Director and work under the supervision of a Capstone committee.

Students on the MA degree track must complete all academic requirements before registering for the Capstone. The Capstone is Pass/Fail. If a student receives a ‘Fail’, the Student will not be granted the MA degree and will be dismissed from the program. The Capstone may not be repeated.

Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • AA6010 Principles of Arts Administration [Must be taken the first semester]
  • AA6040 Art Advocacy & Cultural Policy
  • AA6800 Board Relations & Planning
  • AA6810 Marketing the Arts I

Spring Semester

  • AA6060 Fund Development for Arts Administrators
  • AA6070 Leadership Development in the Arts
  • AA6210 Grant Writing
  • AA6830 Marketing in the Arts II

Summer

  • AA6090 Accounting for Arts Administrators
  • AA6110 Legal Issues in the Arts
  • AA6940 Capstone: Master of Arts [Must be taken the last semester]

AA Program General Information

Faculty

All graduate faculty of the Arts Administration Program exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional contributions to the field of arts administration. This creates an environment that enhances the educational atmosphere of the program, instilling in the students a desire for lifelong learning. Biographies of AA Faculty Members can be found on the AA home page . All Arts Administration graduate students have the program's Director (Last Name A-K and all undergraduate AA Minors) and Associate Director (Last Name L-Z) of Arts Administration as  advisors throughout the program.

Networking

Students are encouraged to join the private Facebook Group Arts Administration at Southern Utah University, like Arts Administration at Southern Utah University public Facebook Page, and follow the program on Twitter and Instagram at @SUUArtsAdm. There will also be opportunities throughout each semester to network with alumni of the Arts Administration Program.

Reviews

All AA graduate students will be evaluated at the end of each semester based on academic work and progress. Students will meet individually with the Program Director or Assistant Director to review strengths and weaknesses from the past semester, and to set goals for the coming semester. Students must excel in all areas to move forward in the program. If any area is deficient, the student will be given a warning and an opportunity to make course corrections. If improvements are not made within one month of the warning, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Technical Requirements

Students must become familiar with Canvas, SUU’s learning management platform. Every courses in Arts Administration uses this platform. Online Teaching & Learning, has many resources [including Canvas Orientation] available to students.

Students should test Internet speed, hardware, and software before beginning their first online course to ensure compatibility. MA courses run on an asynchronous weekly schedule [unless otherwise noted in the course syllabus]. There are no set times or locations for class, but students move through the course as a cohort week by week. Weeks run Monday at 12:00 am to Sunday at 11:59 pm.

Transfers within Arts Administration

Students on the MA degree track cannot transfer credit into the existing MFA degree track. Although coursework between the two programs overlaps, the MFA degree involves twenty-four [24] months of intensive in-person, academic, and practical training that cannot be made up. However, a transfer from the MFA degree track into the MA degree track is allowed.

Tuition

Tuition amounts can be found on the Southern Utah University Cashier’s Office web page. All tuition student fees listed on that web page are the responsibility of the student.

Withdrawal

Students on either degree track who, for valid reasons, choose to withdraw from the program [and were not dismissed] will be allowed to re-enter at the stage where they left with the approval of the Program Director and AA Faculty. However, students must complete the degree program within six years of their first semester enrollment.

AAAE Graduate Standards

The Association of Arts Administration Educators [AAAE] represents college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration. AAAE, the accreditation- equivalent body for the Arts Administration Program at SUU, and has set forth national standards by which the SUU AA Program abides, informing all curricular decisions within the Program. From the 2014 Standards for Arts Administration Graduate Program Curricula:

    Graduate curricula should provide an understanding of the context for managing arts and cultural organizations. Prospective students should look for the following core areas to be covered within the curriculum of any arts administration program:
    • The nature of the creative process; how art and the artist function in society
    • The economic, political and social environment for the arts
    • The local arenas in which arts organizations exist
    • The arts’ impact within an international environment
    • The importance and potential of technology
    • The impact of demographic diversity and multiculturalism
    • The ethical issues confronting arts managers
    When completing a graduate degree, students should possess specific core competencies in certain areas including:
    • Financial and audience development, strategic analysis and planning;
    • The dynamics and logistics of institutional development as it relates to the ability to present, produce and facilitate arts events and experiences;
    • The legal, ethical, and policy environments for the arts;
    • Leadership in complex organizational environments including the dynamics of working with boards, organizational structure and staffing, and working with artists and other constituencies;
    • The international environment for the arts and the impact of the global economy;
    • The application of research methodologies to the field, including the ability to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data.

For more information on these standards or AAAE, visit www.artsadministration.org

SUU Policies & Procedures

Alcohol & Drug Use

The consumption of alcohol, except at authorized functions, in authorized areas, is not allowed at any facility being used by Southern Utah University. Display of the effects of alcohol or narcotics while on the job will be grounds for immediate termination. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in any SUU work, classroom and/or housing space.

Contact Information

AA contact information is for personal use only. No person outside the program is to be given any employee’s address, phone number, or other personal information without written permission from that member of the faculty, staff, or student body.

Grievances

Any and all complaints about the program, staff, fellow students, and/or related campus issues should be submitted in writing to the Program Director in a timely fashion. Complaints will be treated with great confidence and discretion, and interviews will be conducted in person within a reasonable time. If the grievance is with the Program Director, a complaint may be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Administration. Please use discretion in regard to hierarchy before skipping steps and going straight to the Chair, who is only to be used as an arbitrator when no other solution seems feasible.

Harassment Policy

Harassment in employment, including sexual, racial and ethnic harassment is forbidden by law and is strictly prohibited by Southern Utah University and the Arts Administration Program. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. Any form of harassment, including, but not limited to that related to an individual’s race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, handicap, disability, sexual orientation, or any other harassment which violates federal, state, or local law is a violation of this policy and will subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate dismissal. Racial and ethnic harassment includes, but is not limited to, racial slurs, jokes, comments and any other offensive and/or derogatory remarks and/or conduct.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, constitute sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment at Southern Utah University.

If you have any questions about what constitutes harassing behavior, ask a faculty member or other member of management with whom you feel comfortable. SUU will take all reasonable steps and actions to prevent harassment from occurring in our workplace and will take immediate and appropriate action when SUU becomes aware that unlawful harassment has occurred.

All employees have the right to be free from unlawful harassment while in the employment of this program. If you feel that you have been, or are being harassed by a coworker, manager, agent, vendor, or customer of the company, you should contact your immediate supervisor or the Human Resources Department, and arrange for a meeting to discuss your complaint. If you are not comfortable with or satisfied discussing the complaint with the previously mentioned contacts, then contact another member of management. You may be assured that you will not be retaliated against in any way for reporting a harassment problem in good faith. Employees who bring complaints to management in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

All complaints of harassment will be investigated promptly and thoroughly, and appropriate action will be taken. All complaints of harassment will be treated with as much confidentiality as possible. Harassment of our employees in connection with their work by non-employees may be a violation of this policy. Any employee who observes any harassment of an employee by another employee or non-employee should report such harassment to their supervisor.

SUU cannot resolve a harassment problem unless the appropriate authority knows about it. Therefore, it is your responsibility to bring those problems to our attention so that we can take the necessary steps to prevent and/or correct the problems. This policy does not supersede the general university policy on harassment and serves as a program amendment only.

Plagiarism

Southern Utah University defines plagiarism as intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one’s own. It includes submitting an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work which has wholly or in part been created by another person, or cutting and pasting of source material. It also includes the presentation of the work, ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper acknowledgment of sources. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with their instructors for clarification in any situation in which the need for documentation is an issue.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding Academic Integrity, please consult the Student Code of Conduct.

Theft

Theft of personal possessions or property of SUU is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

 

Last Updated September 2020