May 28, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Arts Administration Certificate

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Certificate Title:  Arts Administration Certificate

Certificate Name and Number:  Arts Administration – CTAACG

Department(s)/Unit(s):  College of Fine Arts

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry:  Fall

Enrollment Eligibility:  Degree-seeking students

Certificate Overview: The Arts Administration Graduate Certificate is 12 total credit hours and can be completed in two semesters. The certificate is distinctly designed to help develop leadership acumen in the arts while supporting students’ primary field of study or chosen career path. The curriculum provides foundational courses in arts leadership, governance, management, and development.  Students in the certificate program may include working artists, professionals from other disciplines, and current arts managers or teachers who want to expand their current knowledge base and scope of skills. 

Certificate Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain an understanding the social, political, economic, and artistic environment in which nonprofit arts organizations work.
  • Students will recognize the challenges facing arts organizations and how relationships with boards, donors, and stakeholders shape the interconnectedness of these systems within the organization.
  • Students will gain competencies in essential arts administration functions including communication, public relations, cultural policy, marketing, advocacy, governance, ethical leadership, community engagement, and resource development and management.
  • Students will become familiar with organizational culture in a nonprofit environment including relationship building, roles of various stakeholders, strategic thinking, and the spoken and unspoken thoughts, assumptions, and principles that arts administrators might employ to guide management practices and decision making when working with diverse groups of people.
  • Students will begin to apply theories and use a variety of communication platforms to develop a strategic plan, build an audience base, promote nonprofit arts organizations with internal and external stakeholders, and advance culturally responsible management practices. 
  • Students will create an effective fundraising and development strategies to raise funds from a variety of available sources and individual donors.

Opportunities upon Completion:  Arts Administration is a broad, evolving field of study with rapidly expanding full-time job opportunities. The certificate equips students, who may come from a range of academic backgrounds and professional experiences, with the basic tools to gain entry-level jobs in the field or advance current knowledge and practice. Students will be prepared for jobs that support arts and cultural organizations, navigate challenges in the non-profit sector, and advocate for policies and resources that support arts organizations and programs.

Completion Requirements:  The Certificate requires 4 courses, 12 credit hours total.

  • FAR 5100: Introduction to Arts Management (3)
  • MPA 5890: Nonprofit Leadership & Governance (3)
  • FAR 5200: Concepts, Communications, and Considerations in Arts Management (3)
  • FAR 5300: Funding and Development for Arts Organizations (3)

Transfer credits may not be applied to the certificate.

Financial Aid Eligibility Information:

  • Degree-seeking students may use federal financial aid only for 1) coursework fulfilling requirements of their degree, including required elective hours, or 2) coursework toward a second financial aid-eligible program.
  • Students receiving federal financial aid may not take courses for this certificate unless they are also enrolled full-time (9 hours) in their degree program during the same academic term. Financial aid may be used for courses that count toward both degree requirements and the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of most recent transcript or DARS report (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Resume that details relevant coursework, professional experience, leadership positions, membership in organizations
  • Brief statement about why the applicant is pursuing the certificate program
  • If requested, completion of an interview with the Head of Arts Administration

International Students:  This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate.

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