CVPA Proposes Master’s in Arts Management Program

Posted: December 12, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

The College of Visual and Performing Arts has developed a new master’s program in arts management. The proposed program responds to an increasing demand for graduates who can apply managerial skills to the world of performing and visual arts. The Board of Visitors approved the new program at its Nov. 19 meeting and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will review it in January for approval.

“The CVPA degree combines the practical and needed skills of finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, administration, and philanthropic development with the particularistic setting of arts organizations. We think it permits students from either the business world or those who are currently in the arts to marry their passion for the arts with really practical, applied skills,” says Program Director Meg Brindle.

This degree will augment what has become a natural career progression for artists. It is common for students with degrees in the fine arts to find themselves in charge of scheduling and production work for a theater or gallery. A formal background in arts management promises to further both the artist and the arts.

One quarter of the program’s credits comes from internships, to link academics with practical development. “This includes a 3-credit internal job rotation at the Center for the Arts, which hosts more than 100 performances per year and is the fifth largest performing center in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia region,” says Brindle. “The 6-credit external internship takes advantage of more than 60 theaters and music performing facilities and some of the most vibrant museums, galleries, arts technology, and dance venues in the world.”

The university’s link with institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery, Folger Shakespeare Library, and others, will provide for practical work experience through internships and potential employment opportunities for students.

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