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Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership

We are no longer accepting applications for the Master's program for 2021.

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.

2021-2022 Program Scheduling

Graduate Diploma in Art Management / Master of Arts Leadership
Summer term, 2021:

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, 2021:

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, 2022:

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, 2022)

Can be completed in as little as 12 months:

  • Spring term (May 10 – July 30, by remote delivery online)
  • Fall term (September – November online)
  • Internship, 3-4 month practicum to begin in January/February

Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership: (estimates)

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

Applications open in September, acceptances begin to be mailed in February and continue until program is at capacity. Submit your application now!  

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

Amie Bello
Graduate Assistant