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Arts Administration and Cultural Management

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: 27551Length: 3 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 6 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma, preferably in arts, humanities, fine arts or performing arts

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Resume

  • Applicants must submit a detailed resume including education, work and/or volunteer experience, highlighting involvement in arts, culture or heritage organizations.

  • Cover Letter

  • Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining their area of interest, career goals and expectations for the program.

    Include in your letter:

    • Whether you are interested in working in either the government, not for profit or commercial sectors;
    • Examples of position titles, roles or duties that you anticipate applying to, following graduation from this program.

    Submission Instructions

  • Information Session

  • Applicants are required to attend an information session. This information session is a requirement as Arts Administration and Cultural Management is a program that relies highly on group work, collaboration and interaction within the classroom environment.

    Registration Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Personal Computer Access

Students are required to have access to a personal computer.

Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,845.84
  • international: $16,972.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,702.92 $8,056.00
Tuition $2,177.08 $7,530.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,702.92 $8,056.00
Tuition $2,177.08 $7,530.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $440.00 $440.00
Tuition $440.00 $440.00
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $0.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management

Humber and Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh have entered into an agreement that allows Humber graduates from both the Event Management, and Arts Administration and Cultural Management Graduate Certificates to receive advanced standing into QMU's MA Arts Festival and Cultural Management.  A previous undergraduate degree is required in order to be eligible for this pathway. 

Graduates will be awarded 40 credits of Recognition of Prior Learning and will need to complete 80 credits of taught modules plus the 60 credit dissertation or project.  

Applications may be made online with the following information:

  • full transcript of results at Humber
  • at least one academic reference

For more information, please contact:  partnerships@qmu.ac.uk

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Anne Frost, Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3446
anne.frost@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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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.


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Work Placement

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.

The Humber Experience

Creative Works Conference Video

Creative Works Conference

Humber College partnered with WorkInCulture to present the 1st annual Creative Works Conference.


Director's Message

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.

Anne Frost 
Director 
Arts Administration & Cultural Management

Your Career

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.

Program Availability

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September 2020 Lakeshore Open Open

Humber Arts Administration Students Connect with Industry

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Watch the video to hear from Arts Administration and Cultural Management students about what they learned during this industry networking event.


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Noon Concert: Hilario Duran Contumbao

Noon Concert: Hilario Duran Contumbao

Humber

Wed, October 30, 2019 | 12:15 PM
Lakeshore

Humber Music hosts a free noon-hour concert series. This week will showcase Hilario Duran Contumbao.

Multiple JUNO Award-winner Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun­-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. Hilario toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, and as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years. Hilario is an adjunct piano professor and ensemble director at Humber College. Contumbao is his most recent recording as a band leader.

  • When: October 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm
  • Where: Lakeshore Auditorium - Lakeshore Campus, A128 (3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON M8V 1K8)
  • Cost: Free
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Students design data for future airport installation

Students design data for future airport installation

Thu, October 17, 2019

Students in the Graphic Design and Web Design and Interactive Media programs had one day to design a physical installation for airports across Canada.

The project is part of the Global Affairs Canada division of the Federal Government and aims to highlight the support Consular Services offer to Canadian travellers.

The hackathon event took place in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and started with an introduction to the design challenge and a briefing call with the client where students were provided the information, materials and inspiration they needed to start their projects.

“When a client is involved, the experience is holistic and involves every aspect of working in the field,” says Bianca DiPietro, program coordinator of the Graphic Design program. “The dynamic between client and student is much more professional and holds a certain level of recognition.”

DiPietro and David Neumann, program coordinator of the Web Design and Interactive Media program say the opportunity for their students to work with real-life clients is great exposure—allowing students to communicate effectively, problem solve and work collaboratively with others.

The students gathered in small groups to design a concept while working with their faculty and advisors to complete their project proposals by the end of the day. Faculty will review the submissions and select up to eight concepts based on uniqueness, creativity and execution. The selected submissions will be shared with Global Affairs Canada to consider the concepts further.  

For one group, their concept is a three-dimensional, hollow hemisphere that resembles a globe and features data and information within it. User-friendly to all ages, the globe can be tilted or spun around to allow users to see inside the globe and learn about Consular Services. 

“Projects like this give validation to the program and show trust in us as working professionals by allowing us to have our work showcased and potentially have our work attached to the Government of Canada,” says Gizaham Jones, third-year Graphic Design student.

Using different skills and methods, a Web Design and Interactive Media group’s concept includes movable Plexiglass panels. With infographics and data printed or engraved onto the materials, the installation will allow natural light in airports like Toronto Pearson Airport to reflect onto it. The concept also features QR codes and Near-field communication (NFC) codes, which lead users to find more information on the government’s website using their smartphones.

“Being able to have clients give you an open-ended project to work with is a great way to get your creativity and development moving and apply what we’ve learned so far,” says Paul Cudmore, second-year Web Design and Interactive Media student.

The hackathon is part of Humber’s Data storyLAB, which is an innovative hub for data-driven storytelling. Based out of the North Campus, the storyLAB will produce year-round research and partnership opportunities for student learning and engagement.

“StoryLAB is an opportunity for students to pair with reporters, developers and coders to discuss the influence data can create in different journalistic settings. The lab demonstrates how data can transform and impact politics, social justice, and the day-to-day lives of Canadians,” says DiPietro.

Humber’s storyLAB and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently created a storyLAB Data Journalism Grant to support independent data-driven journalism. 

For the inaugural grant, Humber and The Pulitzer Center are accepting proposals for stories related to Indigenous lands and property rights. The grant will provide up to $10,000 for a freelance journalist or team of journalists to explore a related story from a data-driven perspective.

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This article, by Alysia Burdi, was first published by Humber Today on September 20, 2019. Read the article in it's original context.

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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts Events

Fall 2019 Open House

Fall 2019 Open House

Humber

Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM
All Campuses

Come to Open House and get a solid understanding of what it's really like to be a Humber student.

Visiting the campus is one of the best ways to make a decision about college, so join us and speak to faculty and current students, see the labs and take a tour!

General Sessions & Campus Tours

The journey to college brings many questions about your future career, but what about residence, athletics, transfer options or financial assistance? General sessions are designed to help answer these questions and many more. Find the General Sessions related to your campus and come take a tour with us.

School Program Sessions, Tours and Information Booths

Don't just imagine where you'll be studying at Humber, come see for yourself. Program sessions and lab tours offer a better understanding of the learning environment. Staff will provide detailed information about your program, the scope of the industry today and where your education could take you. Feel free to ask questions about your program, curriculum, career and placement opportunities.

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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News

Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

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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