Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Articulate the value of the arts through applied research into national and international arts, culture and heritage policies, current and historical.
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.
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.
Design and implement effective marketing, promotion, public relations, education and engagement strategies.
Demonstrate, individually and in groups, a range of administrative skills pertaining to organizational structure, internal and external relations, facility management, and financial management.
Demonstrate numeracy and planning skills related to fiscal management and control.
Communicate effectively in both written and spoken business communications.
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.
Incorporate concepts of equity, pluralism, diversity and access into all facets of arts management practice.
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.
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.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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