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Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership

Applications for the 2022/23 academic year are now open!

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’s 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, cultural policy, contract negotiations and labour relations, financial and management accounting, artistic producing, and creative entrepreneurship.

2022-2023 Program Scheduling

Graduate Diploma in Art Management / Master of Arts Leadership
Summer term, 2022:

All Graduate Diploma courses are core, and required of all students in both the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Arts Leadership programs


3.0 units – Arts Marketing (ARTL 801): Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre of the Performing Arts
3.0 units – Arts Philanthropy (ARTL 802): Dory Vanderhoof, Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates
3.0 units – Financial Literacy for Non-Financial Managers (MIR 875/ARTL875): Greg Farrington, Queen’s Masters in Industrial Relations Program
1.5 units – Contract Negotiations (ARTL 808): Greg Wanless, Former Artistic Director and General Manager of the Thousand Islands Playhouse
1.5 units – Artistic Producing (ARTL 804): Michael Wheeler, Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow Performance

Master of Arts Leadership
Fall term, 2022:

Core/Required Course:
ARTL 806 Leadership, Governance and Cultural Policy – Pat Bradley

Electives – Choose One
ARTL 814 Creative Entrepreneurship – Michael Wheeler
ARTL 890 Directed Study – individual instructors

Master of Arts Leadership
Winter term, 2023:

ARTL810 Arts Leadership Capstone – individual instructors/supervisors

The ARTL Internships and the writing of the Capstone Report will take place over the winter/spring (January-April, 2023)

Can be completed in as little as 12 months:
  • Spring/Summer term 2022: May 2 – July 22 (On-campus intensive: May 9 – June 17)
  • Fall term 2022: September – November (online)
  • Winter term 2023: Internship and Capstone (three-to-four-month practicum to begin in January/February)

Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership: (estimates)

$12,156 (Domestic), $31,604 (International) + fees

The deadline to apply for the May 2022 intake is February 15. All applications will be assessed after the deadline. Submit your application now!  

For questions about the program and the application process, contact:

Amie Bello
Graduate Assistant