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Arts Management Graduate Diploma

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These are extraordinary times for everyone, and the arts industry requires resilient, creative minds ready to bring new ideas and ways of expression to the world. The industry also needs managers who are trained in philanthropy, marketing, and design thinking to meet the needs of this rapidly evolving arts world.

Join us in 2023!

Applications for the May, 2023 intake are now open.

The deadline to apply for the May 2023 intake is January 15 for both the Master of Arts Leadership and the Graduate Diploma in Arts Management. All complete application packages will be assessed after the deadline.


Program Introduction

The Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (IBCPA) are offering both a new Arts Management Graduate Diploma and a Master in Arts Leadership for students and experienced professionals who have the passion and acumen for the arts and are seeking opportunities in arts management and leadership.

The program centres on developing 21st century leadership and management capabilities. Coursework covers strategic planning and thinking, a specific focus on comprehensive revenue development in arts marketing and philanthropy, artistic producing, contract negotiations and labour relations, financial and management accounting, and creative entrepreneurship.

Academic Goals & Learning Objectives

The Arts Management Graduate Diploma program is designed to broaden a student’s knowledge of arts organizations and to help them acquire an understanding of business theories and management techniques and their application including those in financial and management accounting, arts marketing, arts philanthropy, strategic planning and leadership, and governance. There is an emphasis on revenue development skills taught by top practitioners in the field, addressing a skill gap and significant industry need (particularly in revenue development) as outlined in the industry research described.

The program design relies on inquiry-based research, applied learning in live-site analysis, and the rigorous exchange of ideas, producing graduate students who are immediately qualified to assume specialized administrative positions with professional arts organizations and who will eventually assume leadership roles.

Program Schedule

Summer Term: The following 12.0 units of courses are required (core), taught in-person on the Queen’s campus in Kingston, Ontario over a twelve-week summer term:

3.0 units – Arts Marketing (ARTL 801)
3.0 units – Arts Philanthropy (ARTL 802)
3.0 units – Finance and Accounting for HR/LR (MIR 875/ARTL 875)
1.5 units – Contract Negotiations (ARTL 808)
1.5 units – Artistic Producing (ARTL 804)

Tuition and Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $110.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. Tuition fees for domestic students are $6,078 and $15,802 for international students for the Graduate Diploma.

For students who continue on to the Master’s in Arts Leadership, there will be an additional $6,078 in tuition during that portion of the program (for a total of $12,156 in fees for the complete program) and an additional $15,802 for international students (for $31,604 total fees). All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

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