Sep 22, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Arts Management and Leadership Certificate

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The new Arts Management and Leadership (AML) certificate draws on current strengths within existing departments and utilizes existing courses, relying on the research and creative interests of associated faculty to provide a compelling basis for study of the burgeoning field of arts management and leadership. The program serves students interested in careers in both the visual and the performing arts, and focuses on entrepreneurial, for-profit and non-profit arts organizations as well as on established cultural institutions. This new certificate program is designed to make undergraduate students at Hunter aware of employment opportunities offered by the arts organizations of New York and to help them prepare for both entry-level jobs and satisfying long-term careers in arts management. This plan focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to make arts organizations effective. Students will learn how artists and other professionals in cultural organizations face and solve problems of marketing, regulation, audience development and sustainability, as well as many other complex difficulties faced by arts leaders and managers.

Program Description

The AML certificate is a 15-credit program. It is taken in concurrence with any undergraduate major at Hunter College.  This is a new program. It begins spring 2019.

Courses Required for the Certificate

Prerequisites of required courses will be waived by the department offering the course for students pursuing the certificate.  Students may apply 6 credits from the certificate program towards other programs.  Students who are majoring in Accounting may replace the BUS 22500  and BUS 23000  requirements with ACC 28000  and ACCP 37400 ACC 28000  and ACCP 37400  can be used for both the Accounting-BS  and the Arts Management certificate.

The certificate program in Arts Management and Leadership includes four 3-credit courses, plus a 3-credit internship with a mentored capstone project, for a total of 15 credits.  Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in required courses to receive this certificate. 

Program Outcome

By the end of this program, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of:

  • how creators, entrepreneurs, advocates, policy makers, and others fit into a broad system of financing, management,  marketing, and regulation
  • how new opportunities for artist and audience connections are forged
  • the workings of non-profit organizations, such as museums, orchestras, and community theaters
  • the likely long-term success of an arts organization in terms of its artistic qualities, its managerial strength, the depth of its support, and the likely strength of its maket position
  • the financing of arts and media projects, including entrepreneurial endeavors that students might create or on which they might collaborate.


Program Administration

Program Director

Bruce Payne, Acting Associate Provost for the Arts



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