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Arts Administration

Arts Administration
Arts Administration students at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Mission, Goals & Overview


The UC/CCM Graduate Arts Administration Program exists to prepare and train students to become successful CEOs and senior managers of nonprofit arts and cultural institutions. The philosophy and structure of the program reflects the understanding that sound business training and practical, real-world exposure to the field are both essential qualities of a successful arts administrator. The program further recognizes that the successful arts administrator has the leadership capacity to adapt classical theories and practices to the management of a complex and changing arts environment.

Curriculum Goals

After completing this advanced degree, graduates possess specific 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
    • Volunteers
    • Staff
    • Artists
    • 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


The College-Conservatory of Music, one of America's leading performing arts schools, and the nationally-recognized Carl H. Lindner College of Business (business.uc.edu) combine resources to train administrative leadership for professional performing arts and visual arts organizations. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to make sound decisions within the context of rapidly changing internal and external circumstances.

Coursework in business theory and practice is applied to the specific operating conditions of orchestras, theatres, opera companies, dance companies and other not-for-profit arts institutions.

Students learn within a thriving arts environment, providing numerous opportunities to gain practical management experience. The city of Cincinnati supports eight major performing and visual arts organizations, two performing arts centers and hundreds of smaller arts groups. These organizations provide practical experience through job opportunities and internships for the program's students. The College-Conservatory of Music is the largest performing arts provider in the state of Ohio, presenting over 1,000 student, faculty and guest artist performances each year.

The Arts Administration program is small and selective, accepting only eight to ten 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 annually, with over 80% of total graduates currently holding positions with professional arts organizations.