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 Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Frehner Museum of Natural History, the Southern Utah Museum of Arts, Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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 track includes specialized graduate coursework totaling 36 credit hours (see MA Curriculum) that develop graduates who balance administrative systems with creative process in an effort to ensure the artistic integrity and economic sustainability of arts organizations.

The program begins at an intensive three-day conference in Cedar City that will include program orientation, master classes, and workshops. This event 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 includes financial management, development, fundraising, marketing, legal issues, leadership, arts advocacy, cultural policy, and board development. At the end of the program, students will complete a Final Project which focuses on the practical aspects of the academic material studied.

Assistantships and tuition waivers are not available for students in the online program. Tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.