MCLA is one of the few institutions of higher education in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in Arts Management. The Arts Management curriculum uniquely provides an arts-specific curriculum, where students don't simply take business courses and try to apply them to the circumstances of arts organizations, but take courses specifically designed to give future arts leaders the skills needed in this growing field. Focused on applied learning, students take the concepts studied and apply them directly on real-world projects working alongside faculty on projects on campus and in the community. Located in the heart of the culturally rich Berkshires, students gain inside access to world-class area arts institutions and their staff, making a degree in Arts Management at MCLA an un-paralleled experience.
Arts Management Degrees
Students can pursue several different degree options in Arts Management including:
- a major in Arts Management
- a major in Fine & Performing Arts with a concentration in Arts Management
- a minor in Arts Management
Arts Management Courses
Focused on the needs of arts managers working in the field, MCLA’s arts management program provides students with a broad based education in multiple fine arts disciplines including the visual arts, music and theatre and then lays the foundation for work in arts administration with specific coursework in the basics including arts finance, grant writing, writing in the arts, arts research, legal issues in the arts, marketing the arts, and arts leadership. The arts management program is hands-on. Students apply classroom concepts in in real-life projects extending their learning into the community by providing financial analysis, research, strategic planning, marketing, community engagement projects, and youth development activities to organizations across the area.
- arts management courses
- arts management field experiences
All students pursuing an Arts Management degree are required to complete at least one internship--many complete several. MCLA's deep connections with the diverse and world class cultural institutions of the Berkshires provide numerous exciting opportunities. MCLA Arts Management students have completed internships at
- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
- Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
- Shakespeare and Company
- Williamstown Theatre Festival
- Barrington Stage Company
- IS 183
- Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
- Berkshire Museum
MCLA is also home to the Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), which provides students additional opportunities for in-depth experiences inside the world class institutions in MCLA's backyard.