Humber’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management graduate certificate program is for those who wish to combine their passion for arts, culture and heritage with business acumen and management skills. This distinctive program promotes diverse, multidisciplinary performing and visual artistic expressions supported by organizational competence in revenue development (earned and contributed), management of human resources (artists, volunteers, companies), planning (financial, strategic, special events, career), and communications (multiplatform, digital, marketing).
The program is situated within the creative milieu of Humber’s renowned programs in theatre, writing, visual and digital arts, music, photography, animation, television, and film. Real-world experience is gained through varied field placements in commercial, government and not-for-profit arts and culture organizations, and collaborative capstone projects which demonstrate to employers the breadth of graduates’ abilities.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Develop a historical perspective with regard to the development and impact of artistic activity in Canada.
Design and implement efficient box office eservices (including reservations and refund policies, ticket sales, staffing and customer services and inventory seat control), contract with touring companies for performances.
Design and produce exhibitions for galleries and museums including labelling, display and public education.
Plan, implement and manage fundraising activities to secure grant support from private foundations, corporations and government agencies.
Plan, implement and manage fundraising activities and practices of public relations and communications, particularly as applied to the field of the arts.
Develop a basic understanding of the negotiation and administration of arts contracts.
Design and implement effective marketing and promotion strategies.
Develop a wide range of basic administrative skills pertaining to human resources management, facilities management, organizational structure and internal relations and financial management.
Develop essential skills related to fiscal planning, management and control.
Communicate effectively in both written and spoken business communications.
Develop a wide range of skills pertaining to the establishment and effective management of volunteers and boards of directors.
Develop an understanding of the applications of microcomputers in the arts field, including word processing, financial records and reporting and ticketing.
Two field placements offer students relevant experience and the development of mentoring relationships. Students have participated in placements with more than 100 regional, national and international arts and culture organizations including The National Ballet of Canada; The Royal Conservatory of Music; The Stratford Festival; the Hockey Hall of Fame; The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts; and numerous galleries, theatres, concert halls, museums and festivals. Students are responsible, with assistance, for arranging their own field placement locations and terms, and for the completion of the required 420 hours.
Arts Administration and Cultural Management professors have substantial, ongoing experience in all aspects of the arts, culture and heritage sectors. Prior to joining Humber as a full-time faculty member, program co-odinator Anne Frost worked as an arts manager, primarily in revenue development, in theatres, music organizations, museums and galleries, and in the dance sector; she maintains a consulting practice to stay current with the sector. Part-time professors include Heather Young, Inga Untiks, Gail Packwood, Sue Edworthy, Jacoba Knaapen, Charles Smith, and Jeanette Schepp, all of whom make their professional networks available to our keen and engaged learners. Graduates of the program become instructors’ peers, working as arts managers throughout the cultural and heritage sectors.
Humber College partnered with WorkInCulture to present the 1st annual Creative Works Conference.
I am thrilled to be able to welcome students back to Humber's Arts Administration & Cultural Management Ontario Graduate Certificate program.
This valuable program was founded in 2000 by my colleague Jerry Smith, and ran until 2009 before a brief suspension. We are now back in the Humber calendar, retooled for current employment conditions in our sector, including robust social media and pluralism & diversity content. These new strands complement ongoing core curriculum in areas such as financial management; revenue development; human resources stewardship; cultural policy; planning and risk management; current software packages; marketing; and sectoral and career orientation.
Two faculty-supported field placements in the winter and spring/summer remain the program's most prized elements. Students may pursue their own curiosity about working at a particular cultural organization, or they may seek faculty direction on opportunities that our networks can provide.
Most faculty members also work in the sector. This ensures that our case study material is current and our peer relationships are available to motivated students. Faculty aims, collectively, to build peer networks through this program - graduates may work for us or with us, in our sector, and on occasion, even hire us in return!
Humber's Arts Administration & Cultural Management students and around 165 graduates of the program provide vital links between art, artists, and audiences throughout the GTA and beyond. If this describes your passion, this is your place.
Arts Administration & Cultural Management
Our graduates have attained a variety of arts administration and cultural management positions such as marketing and development officer/manager, education and engagement co-ordinator, membership and volunteer manager, programming assistant, public programs co-ordinator, patron services co-ordinator, drama school co-ordinator, and finance and operations assistant.
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Bachelor of Music Fall Performance Week
Tue, December 03, 2019 | TBD to Fri, December 06, 2019 | TBD
Success Story: Dan McCarthy
Tue, November 26, 2019
Dan McCarthy graduated from Humber's Community Music program in 2001. He recently moved back to Toronto from New York City and
his first project after arrival involved making a recording with his former Humber instructors.
Dan told us more about the CD and what he learned at Humber.
I recently released a new CD called City Abstract, featuring teachers from my Humber days: Ted Quinlan, Pat Collins, and Ted Warren. I had been living in NYC for the last 15 years and just moved back this spring, and this was the first project that I wanted to do. All three musicians had a huge impact on me when I was studying at Humber in the late 90’s, and it was an honour to be able to do a record with them.
I released a record in March of 2019 that features Steve Swallow on bass, Ben Monder on guitar, and Mark Feldman on violin. It was an absolute thrill to get to record with these legends, especially Steve Swallow, who played bass on all of my favourite Gary Burton records from the 1970s. So incredible!
I also did a trio recording with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums; that should be released in 2020. I'm very excited about this record too.
For me, it was huge to get to study with people that were actually out there playing on a regular basis. It really has a huge impact on young players, getting to learn from masters already out on the scene playing and doing their own thing.
Follow Dan on social media at @DanMcCarthy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (Photo credit: John Rogers)
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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts Events
Tue, January 14, 2020 to Wed, January 15, 2020
Join us on January 14th or 15th and speak with our professors and students. Find out which of these Humber programs is right for you.
Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News
Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists
Thu, June 13, 2019
96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.
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