Dual Arts Management & Art History, MA

Dual Arts Management and Art History – MA Program Introduction

We are pleased to announce the addition of a dual Arts Management and Art History MA degree option to our program offerings. This degree option is open both new students, and to students already enrolled in either the Arts Management MA program or Art History MA program.
Students can apply up to 6 credits of Arts Management to the Art History degree and 9 credits of Art History to the Arts Management degree. (Art History MA requires a total of 30 credits and Arts Management MA requires 36 credits).

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Program Office for more details about the application process by emailing amgtgmu@gmu.edu, prior to submitting their applications.

The following courses can count toward both programs:

Art History

ARTH 601 Colloquium in Art History

Offers graduate-level survey in academic art history led by an instructor of record, with input from full Art History faculty. Participants review the current field through lectures, focused readings and group discussions with relevant faculty member. Participants may read in more depth in areas of special interest. Provides preparation for MA exams and professional preparation for teaching.

ARTH 594 The Museum

Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasizes issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations.

ARTH 699 when taught as “Curating an Exhibition”

Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers.

Other courses at the discretion of your advisors


 

Arts Management

AMGT 601 Fund Raising/Development

Overview for students seeking general knowledge, as well as introductory course for those who will complete the fund-raising concentration. Teaches role of fund raising as management function and part of overall strategic intention of arts organizations, presenting fund raising as a multifaceted, team-based process. Analyzes tools and techniques for effective fund raising.

AMGT 602 Seminar in Arts Management

Develops tools and techniques necessary for successful pursuit of a management career in visual and performing arts. Introduces wide range of arts organizations, working arts administrators, and institutional models through guest lectures, readings, field trips, and analysis of institutional data. Students gain understanding of organizational structures and functions, as well as models for general management.

AMGT 604 Public Relations and Marketing Strategies for the Arts

Teaches strategic way of thinking about audience, community, and markets. Structured into four modules, beginning with fundamentals of strategic planning. Students learn about external and internal environments and the interplay among them; discuss marketing fundamentals pertaining to arts audiences; and are introduced to fundamentals of applied marketing media and advertising fundamentals.

AMGT 710 Arts Policy

Reviews current state of the sector, familiarizing students with most common rationales for public support of the arts and respective roles of federal, state, and local governments and private policy actors. Examines dilemmas that arts organizations face in balancing need for government support and artistic integrity with push and pull of the market. Compares U.S. policies to other developed countries.

Other courses at the discretion of your advisors


 

*In both cases courses taken in the second program will count as electives in the first program and cannot replace core requirements.

Students must apply and be accepted to both programs. This process may be done simultaneously, or after partial completion of the first program. Students must complete all the ARTH requirements for the ARTH MA and all the AMGT requirements for the AMGT MA, but the overlap streamlines both degrees by 15 credit hours.

Total degree credit for both programs (30+36) is 66.  With the dual-MA program, you can get the two degrees by taking only 51 credits or 17 courses as opposed to the 22 courses required if done separately.

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For more information on the MA in Art History Visit: historyarthistory.gmu.edu


Admission Requirements*

We encourage prospective students to apply to one program first and apply to the second program during their second semester. Interested students should know:
  • Students are not eligible to pursue two master’s degrees until they have completed one semester in their initial master’s program.
  • A full admissions application must be submitted for both programs.
  • Students must apply and be accepted to the second master’s degree within one year of matriculation in the initial program.
  • A restricted number of credits may be shared across dual degree programs, according to University Policy 3007.
  • An Individualized Dual Master’s Degree Program of Study form, approved by directors of both programs, must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar upon matriculation in the second program.

Students must complete all the ARTH requirements for the ARTH MA and all the AMGT requirements for the AMGT MA, but the overlap streamlines both degrees by 15 credit hours. This information is adapted from the University Catalog. Always refer to the University Catalog for all official policies and requirements.

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Office for complete details about the application process by emailing amgtgmu@gmu.edu, prior to submitting their applications.

*updated 12/15/15


This information comes from the University Catalog.  Always refer to the University Catalog for official information relating to your program, and consult your academic advisor.

Program Introduction – Arts Management MA

The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. The Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of arts organizations. The demand for arts managers with skills in financial and budgetary management, strategic management and entrepreneurship, and public relations, including marketing and advertising, has arguably never been more acute. The need for arts managers with skills in philanthropy, fund raising, and ongoing relationship management in the private and public arts sectors also continues to grow at a fast pace.

The MA is a 36-credit program of study that provides a core curriculum in the fundamentals of arts management. Students complete a 24-credit core and then select 9 credits of approved elective courses. Students also take an internship, which affords an in-depth opportunity to work with professionals in the field. The internship provides the opportunity to work at more than 60 different visual and performing arts venues in Washington, D.C., as well as national and international locations.

Accelerated master’s options are available to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s in Art or Theater. See the following programs for more information:

Art and Visual Technology, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA
Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA
Theater, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Admissions Requirements

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The program is geared toward those with a passion for the arts. Diversity among applicants is anticipated and sought, and candidates are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Work experience is strongly preferred. It is anticipated that some students will come from the arts community, with experience and training in music, dance, theater, visual and technical arts and wish to add the skills of marketing, finance, strategy, fundraising, entrepreneurship, and management to their repertoire. It is also expected that some students will enter with more developed skills in business and wish to unite these skills with prior experiences in the arts. Completed applications must be received by February 15 for fall and October 1 for spring.

In addition to meeting general requirements for university admission for graduate study, applicants must submit the following items:

    • Official undergraduate transcripts listing a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic or professional capabilities
    • A two-page (maximum) statement of intent and goals
    • Applicants may be interviewed by at least one member of the program faculty or Admissions Committee

Academic Policies

Please see College of Visual and Performing Arts for college academic policies.

Courses

This information comes from the University Catalog.  Always refer to the University Catalog for official information relating to your program, and consult your academic advisor.


Core

Elective courses at the 600 or higher course level may be taken only after a candidate has completed and/or registered for at least 12 core course credits. Students are required to successfully complete AMGT 602 – Seminar in Arts Management within their first 12 credits.

AMGT 601 - Fund Raising/Development I

Overview for students seeking general knowledge, as well as introductory course for those who will complete the fund-raising concentration. Teaches role of fund raising as management function and part of overall strategic intention of arts organizations, presenting fund raising as a multifaceted, team-based process. Analyzes tools and techniques for effective fund raising.

AMGT 602 - Seminar in Arts Management

Develops tools and techniques necessary for successful pursuit of a management career in visual and performing arts. Introduces wide range of arts organizations, working arts administrators, and institutional models through guest lectures, readings, field trips, and analysis of institutional data. Students gain understanding of organizational structures and functions, as well as models for general management.

AMGT 603 - Arts and Society

Examines role of visual and performing arts, with emphasis on historic traditions and trends that have most directly influenced contemporary American practice. Consideration is given to the functions of art in society in addressing questions: What constitutes good or bad art? What is the value of art? What encouragements or impediments does our society offer to the creative artist or arts institution?

AMGT 604 - Public Relations and Marketing Strategies for the Arts I

Teaches strategic way of thinking about audience, community, and markets. Structured into four modules, beginning with fundamentals of strategic planning. Students learn about external and internal environments and the interplay among them; discuss marketing fundamentals pertaining to arts audiences; and are introduced to fundamentals of applied marketing media and advertising fundamentals.

AMGT 606 - Governance and Leadership

Board development including oversight and management of a board, as well as understanding board functions. Board relationships, including volunteers, are essential through all of the stages of a management career.

AMGT 704 - Finance and Budgeting for Arts I

Introduces budget and finance as fundamentals of the budget process, specifically tailored to needs of arts organizations. Provides overview of accounting as tool to manage and control arts organizations. Involves laboratory component for teaching software application frequently encountered in fiscal operation of arts organizations.

AMGT 705 - Finance and Budgeting for Arts II

Introduces budgeting, planning, and finance as fundamentals of the strategic planning process and management control, specifically tailored to the needs of arts organizations.

AMGT 710 - Arts Policy

Reviews current state of the sector, familiarizing students with most common rationales for public support of the arts and respective roles of federal, state, and local governments and private policy actors. Examines dilemmas that arts organizations face in balancing need for government support and artistic integrity with push and pull of the market. Compares U.S. policies to other developed countries.

AMGT 795 - Capstone in Arts Management

Required in order to complete the MA AMGT degree. Provides students with the opportunity to deepen, expand, and demonstrate mastery of one area of arts management expertise. Builds on work undertaken in a completed AMGT course or internship. Faculty will provide guidance and approve capstone topics. The capstone is a required one-credit course. Students may register for the capstone after having completed all core course requirements for the MA AMGT degree.

CVPA 600 - CVPA Graduate ProSeminar

(must be taken within the student’s first 2 semesters) Introduces students into graduate studies in the arts; the course reviews graduate practices and policies, and the graduate colloquia.


Internship

AMGT 742 - Internship I

Provides a specific work environment to build on skills developed in the classroom and integrates work experience with specific academic exercises. Minimum 42 hours/credit.


Electives

AMGT 504 - Professional Development Arts Management

Combines experimental facets happening within the creative community and the development of an increasing awareness of self. Professional development is not only for the manager, but also for those who work for that manager. It is collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage. Topics addressed include professional development, consultation, coaching, communities of practice, lesson study, mentoring, reflective supervision and technical assistance.

AMGT 511 - Introduction to Grant Writing

Places components of the grant writing process; including research, proposal writing, terminology, oral and written techniques, and specific focus; within broader context of nonprofit management. Introduction to perspectives of grant seeker and maker. Discover resources and compelling writing skills pertaining to proposal and letters of intent.

AMGT 512 - Grant Writing in the Arts

Places components of grant writing process within broader context of nonprofit management. Introduction to perspectives of grant seeker and maker. The grant writing process: research, proposal writing, terminology, oral and written techniques, and specific focus. Discover resources and compelling writing skills pertaining to proposal and letters of intent.

AMGT 513 - Technology in the Arts

The one constant in life is change. In today’s world, both technology and arts organizations are changing. This course will give a board overview of the technologies commonly used in entrepreneurial, small, and large arts organizations and examines the intersection of technology, management, and the arts.

AMGT 609 - Performing Arts Management

Bridging strategic planning and marketing; audience development; financial management; and board and volunteer management with issues of scheduling, ticketing and sales, mission integration and strategic challenges of new facilities, and growth and operations of existing ones.

AMGT 610 - Visual Arts Management

Covers the many facets of visual art gallery management, from practical considerations of daily operations to the broader examination of gallery’s role in art education, criticism, and art market. Topics such as exhibition coordination and installation, contracts, artist representation, fine art insurance, exhibition policies, budgets, and marketing are covered, along with the responsibility of educating a diverse public.

AMGT 620 - Legal Aspects in Arts Management

Overview of practical legal issues that will be encountered by arts managers of both for-profit and not-for-profit arts organizations, including contracts, copyrights, licensing, and for-profit and non-profit incorporation.

AMGT 640 - Programming and Project Arts Management

Provides both a theoretical framework for thinking about and assessing the value of various programming options and practical examples of the potential partners and resources available for program and project implementation.

AMGT 706 - Festivals and Special Events

Technical aspects of events and festival management. Topics may include cultural understanding, tourism, sponsorship, fund raising and development, logistics of scheduling and contracts, and the relationship to larger venues, marketing and sales, and budgeting.

AMGT 711 - Directed Readings and Project

Opportunity to engage in a more intensive study or project in arts management. Students partner with faculty member for intensive readings and project in strategy and planning in the arts, fundraising and development, entrepreneurial project work, arts marketing, arts policy and law, or other specialized areas pertinent to arts administration.

AMGT 752 - Arts Entrepreneurship

Lecture course in discovering and developing entrepreneurial skills in the arts. Students will conceive, develop, and present a for-profit or not-for-profit business plan and strategy; which will include model(s), market overview, management structure, along with revenue streams, an acquisition strategy, and technical and information technology strategies. Advanced course focuses on developing financial planning skills, funding strategies, marketing and arts sales.

AMGT 792 - Internship II

Provides a specific work environment to build on skills developed in the classroom and integrates work experience with specific academic exercises. Elective. Minimum 42 hours/credit.


This information comes from the University Catalog.  Always refer to the University Catalog for official information relating to your program, and consult your academic advisor.


Program Introduction – Art History MA Component

Web: historyarthistory.gmu.edu

The program in art history offers a unique master’s degree based on departmental strengths in traditional research, the application of new media, and the vast cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area. Students study a broad range of art-historical periods, theory, and research methods. In addition, the program emphasizes new media skills, museum studies, and preprofessional internship training. Graduates are well-prepared for art museum and gallery professional work, where a master’s degree is now routinely required, or further study in doctoral programs.

This program of study is offered by the Department of History and Art History.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions section of this catalog. For information specific to the MA in art history, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.
Degree Requirements

This program does not permit a reduction of credit based on a previously conferred graduate degree.

Degree Requirements


 

Three required courses (9 credits)

ARTH 600 - Methods and Research in Art History Credits: 3

Investigates theories, methods, and research strategies in discipline of art history. Designed for first-semester students in art history MA program; foundation for further graduate-level work in the program.

ARTH 601 - Colloquium in Art History Credits: 3

Offers graduate-level survey in academic art history led by an instructor of record, with input from full Art History faculty. Participants review the current field through lectures, focused readings and group discussions with relevant faculty member. Participants may read in more depth in areas of special interest. Provides preparation for MA exams and professional preparation for teaching.

ARTH 699 - Topics in Art History Credits: 3

Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers.


 

Four to five elective courses (12-15 credits) in ARTH and HIST

Students may choose electives in AVT, ANTH, or CULT with prior written permission of the graduate director. Students who choose to write a thesis complete 12 elective credits; others complete 15.
One course (3 credits) of applied preprofessional learning chosen from:

ARTH 593 - Internship in Art History and the Decorative Arts Credits: 3-6

Internship with a professional arts institution, organization, or individual in the Washington, D.C., area. Project to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty instructor and field supervisor.

ARTH 594 - The Museum Credits: 3

Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasizes issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations.


 

One course (3 credits) in technology and new media chosen from:

HIST 696 - Clio Wired: An Introduction to History and New Media Credits: 3

Students with limited computer competency should consult department before enrolling. Introduces changes that new media and technologies are bringing to how we research, write, present, and teach about the past. Students explore theoretical and historical issues as well as learn hands-on skills in digital history.

HIST 697 - Creating History in New Media Credits: 3

Seminar; students create original historical projects in digital media.


 

Research language proficiency

Students must demonstrate reading ability in one relevant research language to be approved by the graduate director.
Written comprehensive exam

Students who do not pass may retake the exam once, following the original process.  The second exam must be taken within 12 months of the first exam.


 

Optional Thesis (3 credits)

Students who choose to write a thesis should be aware of the policies governing theses as stated in theAcademic Policies section of this catalog. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in ARTH 799, maintain continuous enrollment.

ARTH 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-3

Research and writing on approved thesis topic under direction of thesis committee.

Total: 30 credits


This information comes from the University Catalog.  Always refer to the University Catalog for official information relating to your program, and consult your academic advisor.