Arts Administration

Program Overview

The graduate faculty of the Arts Administration Program exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional contributions to the field of arts administration. This creates an environment that enhances the educational atmosphere of the program, instilling in the students a desire for lifelong learning.

Master of Fine Arts Degree

The Master of Fine Arts degree program is a two-year academic and experiential learning course of study that begins each fall. The program includes 60 credit hours (see MFA Curriculum) combined with work opportunities through our professional affiliates: The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, and Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts.

A limited number of students are accepted to the program each year, thereby providing the highest level of personal instruction and mentoring in the classroom. Students also receive several opportunities outside of the classroom to participate in both scholarly and practical activities and projects. This combination of personalized academics and experiential learning gives students the tools necessary to compete in today’s job market.

Students admitted to the Master of Fine Arts degree program are automatically qualified for a professional affiliate assistantship. Work will include an assignment in one of our affiliate arts organizations for a set number of hours per week. Assistantship compensation varies each year depending on the University budget, and is usually accompanied by a one quarter to half tuition waiver. Student fees are the responsibility of the student.

Master of Arts Degree (Online)

The Master of Arts degree program will prepare graduates for management-level positions within nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This interdisciplinary program combines specialized coursework in arts administration, graduate-level course work in accounting, marketing, public budgeting and financial management, and a final project or thesis, totaling 36 credit hours (see MA Curriculum).

The program begins at an intensive three-day conference in Cedar City that will include program orientation, master classes, and workshops. This even will introduce students not only to the field of arts administration, but Arts Administration faculty and fellow students in both degree programs.

Coursework in the Online program will include financial management, development, fundraising, marketing, legal issues, leadership, and board development. At the end of the program, students will complete either a Final Project or Thesis. The focus of a Final Project is the practical aspects of the academic material studied, and the focus of a Thesis is new research in the field of Arts Administration.