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Arts Management Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate Program in arts management serves professionals currently working in arts management or related fields who desire to expand their knowledge and skills, but may not be able to enter a full graduate program. In addition, it’s useful for those professionals who would like to try a few courses before deciding on a degree program.  The Arts Management Graduate Certificate Program is administered jointly by the Master of Public Administration Program and the School of the Arts. The program offers courses currently available in the Master's of Public Administration Program with an emphasis on preparing arts managers to meet the ever-changing challenges placed on non-profit cultural institutions. Classes are taught by award- winning faculty with academic training and significant experience in arts management.


"The Arts Management Certificate program has definitely given me a more well-rounded perspective of working in the field.  Combining my coursework with real life situations has been a natural development. Understanding the use of technology and arts management has been one of the most beneficial aspects, as well as the connections I've made simply by being in the classes and on campus."

Ingram Brooks,
Call Center Manager, Spoleto Festival USA
and Arts Management Graduate Certificate Alumnus

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Arts Management Emphasis

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, offered through the Department of English, is designed for students who are enrolled full time so they can complete the degree requirements in two years. They will need a minimum of 39 credit hours with an average of “B” or better, with 12 hours of coursework in the MFA core workshops in a primary genre emphasis (either fiction or poetry), a thesis (a volume of poems, short stories or a novel) and an oral defense. Students will select either a studio or an arts management emphasis.

Students in the arts management emphasis will, along with workshops, literature courses and the creative writing elective, take courses through the graduate program in arts management in management, organization, decision-making and problem-solving in the areas of fundraising, financial management, marketing/audience development, artistic and educational programming, policy, governance, and volunteer management, all as a means to prepare for the fact that jobs for MFAs don't always have to be in the academy, but can oftentimes be found in the creative economy.

Please contact cofcmfa@cofc.edu or visit the MFA website for more information.

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