Arts Administration

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CCM, in partnership with UC's Carl H. Lindner College of Business, boasts one of the few combined MA/MBA Arts Administration programs in the country. This rigorous 2-year program trains future CEOs and senior managers to lead professional performing, visual and cultural arts organizations.

Students learn within a thriving arts environment, providing numerous opportunities to gain practical experience through job placements, internships and CCM Graduate Assistantships.

The Arts Administration program is small and selective, accepting only eight to 10 students per class. This allows for a great deal of individual attention and concentration on developing the potential of each individual graduate student. Founded in 1976, the program has trained over 300 students, boasting a 100% annual job placement rate, with over 80% of total graduates currently holding positions with professional arts organizations. After completing the program, our graduates are equipped with core competencies in:

  • Strategic planning and decision making
  • Financial analysis and budget management
  • Leadership, organizational development and management of complex, changing organizational environments including boards, volunteer, staff, artists and audiences
  • Dynamics and logistics of institutional development including:
    • Marketing and revenue generation
    • Fundraising in its many facets
    • Education and outreach
    • Community relations
    • Advocacy
    • Production and distribution of art
    • Technology management and training
    • Legal, ethical and policy environments for the arts

Faculty

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Naimah Bilal

Instructor - Adjunct

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Rebecca Bromels

Interim Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA); Chair and Associate Professor of Arts Administration

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Elaine Cox

Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Adjunct Instructor of Arts Administration

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Quanice Floyd

Instructor - Adjunct

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Sarah Mizelle Miller

Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations; Adjunct Instructor of Arts Administration

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Tyler Roe

Instructor - Adjunct

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Brandon VanWaeyenberghe

Adjunct Instructor of Arts Administration

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Torie Wiggins

Adjunct Instructor of Acting, Arts Administration and Musical Theatre

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Denton Yockey

Professor of Theatre and Arts Administration; General Manager of CCM OnStage

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Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration Division Head and Staff

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Rebecca Bromels

Interim Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA); Chair and Associate Professor of Arts Administration

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Jen Lampson

TAPAA Production Manager

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Deborah Neiheisel-DeZarn

TAPAA Program Manager

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Professors Emeriti

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Karen K. Faaborg

Professor of Arts Administration; Vice Provost for Faculty Administrative Services

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Alan Yaffe

Emeritus Professor of Arts Administration


Guest Lecturers

As part of its core curriculum, the CCM Arts Administration program has a course called Current Issues Forum designated specifically for guest speakers, bringing students and industry arts leaders together to interact. Recent guest speakers include:
 
  • Lisa Gold, Executive Director, Asian American Arts Alliance
  • Nate Bachhuber, Vice President of Artistic Planning, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Adrienne Taylor, Senior Director of Fundraising, The Women's Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Tim Cynova, Principal, Work Shouldn't Suck
  • Laura Gentry, President, Jazz Alive, Inc. 
  • Robyn Winkler, Executive Director, Visonaries + Voices
  • Katie Macdonald and Jason Holmes, Executive and Artistic Directors, Cincinnati Boychoir
  • Manuel Iris, Cincinnati Poet Laureate 
  • Emily Holtrop, Director of Learning and Interpretation, Cincinnati Art Museum

CCM's graduate admissions process begins on September 1 for entrance in the following year's fall semester. December 1 is the deadline by which all academic materials needed to complete your application for admission to CCM's Arts Administration program must be received. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Arts Administration - MA/MBA

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before January 2 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an interview.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Professional Resume
  • Headshot

Interview

Applicants who pass the application review process will be notified and asked to select an interview date. Interviews are held on January 13-14 and January 20-21.

Additional Information

MA Degree Process
  1. Complete the online MA Application for Arts Administration Note: You should apply for full-time enrollment. 
  2. Retrieve the following information to complete your application:
    • Offical GMAT or GRE scores 
    • Current Resume referencing details specific to arts administration experience (internships and positions held etc.)
    • Essay outlining professional goals and reasons for graduate study of arts administration
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Note: The video essay is not required for this program.
  3. Any items that you did not submit online and need to be mailed should be sent to the below address: 
    1. University of Cincinnati
      College-Conservatory of Music
      P.O. Box 210003
      Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003

Please submit the materials listed above within four weeks of application submission. All materials must be received before the deadline as interview decisions will not be made prior to receipt of all materials.

Arts Administration faculty will arrange interviews in Cincinnati for qualified applicants. In cases where distance and cost are prohibitive, Skype interviews may be substituted. Note: We are not able to view your application until all materials have been received.

If you have questions about the MA application process, please contact Kandice Odister in the CCM Admissions Office.


MBA Degree Process (Dual Applications to the MA/MBA Program)
  1. Complete the online MBA Application for Admission
    1. Please note: You do not need to apply to the MBA program until after you have been accepted into the MA program at CCM. You are applying for the part time MBA program. Also, kindly note that in the MA/MBA program, CCM is your primary school. Your application should be submitted to CCM for the appropriate fall deadline. Regardless of when you apply to the MBA program, you should select the application the following spring (i.e. for fall 2020 entrance, select spring 2021 on the MBA application.) Your application will be reviewed immediately as the MBA program will be notified that you are an Arts Administration student when you apply to the program.
  2.  To apply online, gather the following information to complete your application:
    1. One essay
    2. Offical GMAT or GRE scores 
    3. Letters of recommendation, official transcripts, TOEFL scores and current resume and can all be pulled from your CCM file.
  3. Any additional documents that you did not submit online and need mailed should be sent to the following address:

University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business 
Attn: Graduate Programs Office 
Suite 606 Lindner Hall 
P.O. Box 210020 
Cincinnati , OH 45221-0020

If you have questions about the MBA application process, please contact Jason Dickman in the Graduate Programs Office at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Arts Administration students have the opportunity to receive finanial aid through scholarships, awards granted by UC and CCM. Visit CCM's Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information.

Many students are selected for Graduate Assistantships in various departments at CCM and the community. These positions are either 10, 11 or 15-hours per week, and include full tuition plus a stipend, allowing students to finance their education. We currently have graduate assistants in the following CCM areas:

  • Arts Administration
  • External Relations
  • Admissions
  • Preparatory and Community Engagement
  • Production Management
  • Theatre Design and Production
  • Opera
  • Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Placement Services
  • Box Office

Visit the Arts Administration Professional Experience website for more information on assistantships.


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