International Arts Management

International Arts Management
The Netherlands and Belgium
Summer 2017

Summer Session X (3 Credits – Graduate, 6 Credits – Undergraduate)

  • Classes in Arlington, VA: May 22 – 25 & June 27 – 29, 2017
  • Classes in Amsterdam: May 29 – June 7
  • Classes in Rotterdam: June 7 – June 13
  • Classes in Brussels: June 13 – June 18

PROGRAM FEE: $4400.00(Fee is the same for In-State/Out-of-State students, alumni, and guests)

*APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED – SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH – Apply at the Mason Study Abroad website:


Tuition for 3 credits (Graduate) / 6 credits (Undergraduate)

Housing (Shared occupancy in hotels with free full breakfast included)

OV-Chipkaart Netherlands Travel Pass with €7.50 fee and €25 preloaded (metro, bus and trams)

Museumkaart allows free entrance to over 400 museums nationwide

Tours, guest lectures, workshops, meetings, networking opportunities and field trips


International airfare and daily personal expenses

Transportation to and from the airport

Lunch & Dinner (Two dinners are provided: Welcome and Departure dinners)

Optional performance events and tours

Train fares outside of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Brussels

*For more information contact Professor Karalee Dawn MacKay at*

Course Overview

This course will include exclusive guided tours, workshops, and meetings with top designers, executives, managers, cultural policy experts, educators, and artists which will provide a broad understanding of how these diverse and forward-thinking countries develop and foster the arts and design.

Organizations and venues will include (but are not limited to): the Rijkmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, de Appel Art Center, Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, the Mauritshuis, the Nieuw Institute for Architecture, and Eindhoven’s Strijp S, as well as visits to several of Rotterdam’s famous contemporary architectural landmarks such as Markthal and the Cube Houses. Museums in Brussels may include: Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Ampersand House, The Magritte Museum, Horta Museum, Bozar – Palais des Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau Collection – Royal Museums of Art & History, and Brussels’ world famous Comic Strip Murals. Performing arts organizations and venues may include: the Muziektheater, the Concertgebouw, Holland International Festival and other traditional and avant-garde performing venues.

Arts policy and funding models will be examined through meetings with: Amsterdam Fund for Arts, The Creative Industries Fund, DutchCulture, the Dutch Ministry of Culture, the Dutch Cultural Council, Creative Europe (European Union).

In addition, all students will receive their own Museumkaart that allows free entrance to over 400 museums nationwide in the Netherlands! Open time will be built into the itinerary to allow students to explore their individual areas of interest and the surrounding areas. People interested in visual arts, performing arts, design, arts policy, heritage tourism, and entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts will love this course. 

Scholarships and Funding for International Study

Many of our students have received funding through the Center for Global Education for the International Arts Management Courses.  Here are a few resources for funding your trip abroad.

Center for Global Education – Study abroad scholarships and other forms of funding

Office of Student Financial Aid – Loan, grant, and scholarship information for Mason students

Previous Trips

International Arts Management in England and Ireland – Summer 2016

This course provided an introduction to arts management concepts and issues in England & Ireland. Students engaged and explored London and Dublin’s rich historical and contemporary performing, visual and literary arts management traditions in two of the most culturally dynamic cities in Europe. During eight classrooms sessions in Arlington, a thirteen-day session in London and a eight-day session in Dublin, students conducted a comparative analysis of the artistic, financial, audience development, community outreach, and international professional management structures that influence the performing, visual and literary arts in England and Ireland today. The time aboard included guest lectures, discussions, on-site observations, workshops, exclusive guided tours and meetings with top executives, arts managers, cultural policy and diplomacy experts, entrepreneurs, and artists who provided a broad understanding of how these diverse countries foster the performing, visual and literary arts at home and abroad.

International Arts Management in Amsterdam Study Abroad Summer 2015

International Arts Management in Amsterdam – Summer 2015

This course was an introduction to visual and performing arts management in the Netherlands. Students were immersed in arts management traditions, and gained an understanding of the Netherlands’ continuing impact on culture throughout the world. The group enjoyed exclusive guided tours of museums and several national arts organizations, discussions and meetings with top designers, executives, directors, managers, cultural policy experts and artists, that provided an understanding of how this diverse and forward-thinking country fosters the arts and design. The course combined classroom sessions in Arlington, VA with an in-depth 15-day experience in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Eindhoven.

Mason Arts Management students have the chance to study the arts in a global context through our faculty led study abroad programs.

International Arts Management in the UK – Summer 2014

This course allowed students to engage and explore London’s rich historical and contemporary performing arts management traditions in one of the most culturally dynamic and diverse international cities in the world. This course combined classroom sessions in Arlington, VA with an in depth and immersive experience in London, England and the surrounding area. With over three hundred dance, theatre and music performing arts organizations and venues, London provided an excellent opportunity to explore the historical as well as contemporary examples of European management models in a dynamic international city.


Arts Policy in Sao Paulo, Brazil – Summer 2013

Dr. Carole Rosenstein and four arts management graduate students visited Sao Paulo, Brazil as a part of their study of Comparative Cultural Policy. The program was created together with two faculty members from the University of Sao Paulo Department of Cinema, Radio and Television: Professor Esther Hamburger, who studies the social impact of media and who, for more than  twenty years, has been a media analyst for the daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo; and Carlos Augusto Calil, who also teaches at USP and, for ten years, was Director of the Municipal Department of Culture, Sao Paulo. They visited arts and cultural facilities large and small, talked with artists and cultural policy makers, and traveled to Latin America’s largest classical music festival in Campos do Jordao.