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Arts Administration and Cultural Management

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Program Code: 27551 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personProgram and course details can be viewed on Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

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:

  1. Articulate the value of the arts through applied research into national and international arts, culture and heritage policies, current and historical.

  2. Plan, implement and manage revenue development activities to secure resources from charitable foundations, corporations, government and non-government sources, and donors, through special events, and via online platforms.

  3. Demonstrate understanding of the negotiation and administration of arts contracts and applicable human resources legislation, regulations and practices, including the recruitment and effective management of volunteers and boards of directors.

  4. Design and implement effective marketing, promotion, public relations, education and engagement strategies.

  5. Demonstrate, individually and in groups, a range of administrative skills pertaining to organizational structure, internal and external relations, facility management, and financial management.

  6. Demonstrate numeracy and planning skills related to fiscal management and control. 

  7. Communicate effectively in both written and spoken business communications.

  8. Demonstrate familiarity with computer applications used in arts, culture and heritage operations, including constituent relationship management, book-keeping, graphic design, spreadsheets, project management, and website creation and maintenance.

  9. Incorporate concepts of equity, pluralism, diversity and access into all facets of arts management practice.


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.

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Expert Faculty

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Kate Cornell

Dr. Kate Cornell (she/her) is a writer, advocate, and leader in the non-profit sector. With a PhD in Communications and Culture, Dr. Cornell has published more than 60 articles and co-authored one book. She was the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition from 2013-2019 and advocated on behalf of the national arts sector. In recognition of her advocacy work, she received the Hobday Award in Arts Management (2016) from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has taught in several university programs including education, theatre, and dance. Currently, Dr. Kate Cornell is the research and training director for Aftermetoo working on a digital project for survivors of workplace sexual harassment.

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Anne Frost

Anne began her arts management career in the 1980s at Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Moving to Toronto, she worked at the Toronto Theatre Alliance on the 3rd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, then at Jeunesses musicales du Canada as Ontario Executive Director. After a Master’s degree in Arts Policy and Management from the City University, London, UK (1987-88) Anne returned to Canada and worked at Harbourfront as Co-ordinator for the Festival of Authors; then as General Manager at Theatre Direct Canada and Mixed Company Theatre. She also taught in the Humber College post-graduate Arts Administration – Cultural Management program, starting in 2000.

In 2002 Anne moved to Owen Sound and worked on revenue development at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, then at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, a major facility on the Lake Huron shore. In 2003 Anne began to teach in the undergraduate arts management program at University of Toronto, Scarborough. In 2008-9, Anne co-ordinated the Humber program in which she had been teaching. During the five-year suspension of the Humber program, from 2011 to 2013, Anne taught post-graduates in the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College as well as teaching job development skills to post-secondary learners in a technical theatre program at Sheridan College. Anne joined Young Associates, offering financial and business services to the cultural sector, in 2013 as a senior consultant, working primarily in revenue development and business planning. Anne resumed the coordinator’s role for the Humber post-graduate arts management program as of 2014, and maintains her consulting practice at Young Associates alongside this full-time faculty position, stewarding her robust and long-standing professional links into the sector alongside her academic role.

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Heather Young

Heather Clara Young, CPB (Principal, Young Associates), has worked in the field of arts management for over thirty years and as a bookkeeper for most of that time. Her experience includes leadership roles with arts and heritage service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations. Young Associates, founded in 1993, provides full-service bookkeeping as well as financial planning, strategic planning, HR and data management services to not-for-profits and charities, with a special focus on the arts and culture sector. Heather teaches accounting and financial management in Humber College’s Arts Management program, and has taught for Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management program and University of Toronto’s Arts Management program. She was the 2012 recipient of the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture, and a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution. Finance for the Arts in Canada (2005, 2021) is a unique self-study guide, reference source and textbook for the accounting and finance functions in cultural organizations.

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 
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.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Full participation in Arts Administration & Cultural Management is applicable for 42 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. 

Participation in the Arts Administration & Cultural Management program may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and the Arts Administration & Cultural Management program was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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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 4 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • Online Information Session, Resume and Cover Letter

  • Applicants will attend an online information session, prior to which they must submit a detailed resume and a cover letter. 

    The cover letter should outline their areas of interest, career goals and expectations of the program. A faculty member will review the submission and then contact the applicant about thier online (via Skype) information session. 

    Submission Instructions

  • 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.


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.

Equipment & Device Requirements

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs
Processor PC: Multicore Intel processor (with 64-bit support) or AMD Athlon® 64 processor MAC: Multicore Intel processor or Apple silicon/M1
OS PC Windows 10 (64-bit) Supported on Windows 10 versions 1607, 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004. MAC: macOS Big Sur (version 11) or macOS Catalina (version 10.15)
Memory 16 GB (or more)
Storage 256 GB SSD (or more)
Monitor 1920 x 1080 (or higher)
Other •Graphics card (GPU): 4 GB of GPU memory (or more) • Accessories: Ethernet adapter, webcam, and microphone (built-in or external) Online access to cloud-based software (eg. Quickbooks Online). Info provided by Professors

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Anne Frost, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3446


The 2021-2022 fee for three semesters is:

  • domestic: $5,796.48
  • international: $18,048.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees


Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.


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



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:

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

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Anne Frost, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3446

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through 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

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

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