College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership

Degree Requirements

  • The MFA in Arts Leadership is a 2-year, 48-credit program that includes a required Graduate Management Practicum.

    (Note: Students who began the program prior to September 2014 should go here for degree requirements.)

    The 48-credit program degree requirements are below. Complete course descriptions are available in the course catalog here.

    YEAR 1

    Fall

    ARTL 5150: Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Arts Sector (3 credits)

    ARTL 5250: Leadership & Interpersonal Behavior for Arts Leaders (3 credits)

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (1 credit)

    Winter

    ARTL 5370: Boards & Volunteers in Arts Organizations (3 credits) 

    ARTL 5400: Marketing the Arts (3 credits)

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (1 credit)

    Spring

    ARTL 5360: Financial Management for Arts Leaders (3 credits)

    ARTL 5380: Leading Staff in Arts Organizations (3 credits)

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (1 credit)

    Summer 

    ARTL 5430: Resource Development for Arts Organizations (3 credits); 

    ARTL 5460: Strategic Planning in the Arts (3 credits); 

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (1 credit)

    YEAR 2:

    Fall 

    ARTL 5410 Public Policy & Advocacy in the Arts (3 credits)

    Elective (3 credits)

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (1 credit) 

    Winter 

    ARTL 5800: Law and the Arts (3 credits) 

    Elective (3 credits) 

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (1 credit)

    Spring

    ARTL 5990: Summary Project (3 credits); 

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum (3 credits)

     

    ARTL 5950: Graduate Management Practicum: The 9-credit practicum (1 credit in each of the first six quarters of the program and 3 credits during the final quarter) is an internship where students work in local arts organizations applying their learning to real world situations. Through this internship, students build on their classroom learning, gain valuable practical experience, and develop lifelong relationships with the arts community.

    The MFA culminates in the Summary Project, a synthesis of academic study in a particular area of focus with the work produced during the community practicum experience.