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Certificate in Arts Management & Leadership

Why should you study art management?

Nowadays, cultural organizations need to abide by strict organizational rules to run properly. Therefore, art management positions are in great need. Creating a diverse, sustainable arts organization requires leaders who can pair passion with the business and administration skills needed to tackle the unique challenges facing nonprofits today. With a Certificate in Arts Management and Leadership from Missouri Southern State University, you will gain a deeper understanding of the critical tactics that build engagement which help an organization thrive, and combine creative, cultural, social and entrepreneurial spirit to forward innovation goals that invest in culture while solving problems with market-based approaches for the greater good. 

MSSU’s Arts Management and Leadership Certificate

is ideal for anyone interested in advocating for the arts, museums, and non-profits through administrative, fundraising, marketing and operational roles. It features a curriculum based on interdisciplinary courses and combines arts management, business, fine and performing arts, and an area of artistic specialization. Students are required to complete practicums and internships for practical application of the concepts and techniques that they learn in the classroom. Semester internships may be arranged locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Students graduate with foundational knowledge in best practices and methods for managing arts organizations and foundations. Graduates of the Arts Management and Leadership Certificate emerge prepared for fulfilling careers in nonprofits and social enterprise, public agencies and foundations, arts collectives, and creative communities.

With a certificate in Arts Management and Leadership, you will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Develop the art administrative, analytical, and technological skills creative thinkers need to design innovative planning and engagement strategies that stand out in a flourishing arts industry.
  • Demonstrate transformational arts administration approaches by applying what you learn through hands-on, activity-based course and projects.
  • Tailor your arts administration education to your personal interests and needs with our directed focuses that speak to your passions and career goals.
  • Learn directly about arts administration and nonprofit arts administration from creative visionaries.
  • Align creative practice and arts strategies with opportunities, challenges and resources to achieve varied forms of cultural impact.
  • Develop an understanding of methods and tools used to conceptualize, scope, pilot, evaluate, iterate and launch projects.

Examples of art administration tasks and responsibilities:

  • Event management and planning
  • Managing art pieces in galleries and museum: transport, borrowing artwork
  • Staff management, hiring actors, stage managers, dancers, musicians, etc.
  • Heritage and Cultural management
  • Funding, accounting, and budget management
  • Ticket sales, pricing, marketing, advertisement and communication, etc.

Arts innovation is a rapidly expanding area, and the College of Arts and Sciences at MSSU has designed a certificate to help prepare those interested in contributing to this creative industry. 

Certificate At a Glance

Credit Hours


Completion Time

2 semesters

Courses Begin


Degree Awarded

Certificate in Arts Management and Leadership (TH95)

Certificate Objectives

By the end of this certificate, students will have developed an understanding of the critical areas which arts administrators must manage within their chosen field, including: Development, Fundraising, Budgeting, Grant writing, Marketing, and Audience Development. Additionally, students will have engaged with a number of professionals in their field of arts administration, participated in an Internship, and discovered advanced concepts applied by arts administrators.

Exit Portfolio

Students earning a Certificate in Arts Management and Leadership will have to maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher in all courses and have a positive internship review completed by the institution / company the student interned with during the course of the certificate.

Courses of Study

Current Catalog

Arts Management & Leadership Certificate

Contact Information

Erick Wolfe – Chair of Theatre