Arts Management

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Why study Arts Management at UTSC?

• The University of Toronto Scarborough is home to the longest-running undergraduate Arts Management program in the country (active since 1984), with an ideal balance of arts and business courses, and a wealth of arts management-specific courses, that continues to be used as a model for other such programs around the world.

• Program courses are taught by noted practicing arts managers, leading researchers, award-winning artists, and top professors in the field.

• Students can graduate with both a Specialist in Arts Management and a Major or Minor in one of UTSC's highly-regarded programs of Art History, Music, Studio or Theatre within the same four years of study.

• High-quality field placements and other experiential education opportunities allow students to gain work experience, connect with people in the field for future employment, and practice and apply what they learn in the classroom for a deeper understanding of the subject.

• Every year, graduating students are offered positions in the very organizations in which they completed field placements or research for a course.

• Graduates of our program tend to seek out other graduates of our program when they are hiring.

• In general, our program graduates are in a position to enter the field at a higher rank and salary than those with more general arts or business degrees – all while doing rewarding work that brings them (and others) meaning and joy.

Arts Management is a field of study within which students develop the knowledge and skills they need to become professionals within the arts and work in galleries, museums, performing arts companies, and many other related areas. The discipline combines the tools of business (such as management, marketing, planning) with the tools of audience and community building (such as fundraising, development, education, volunteerism) to build bridges between art, artists and audiences. We offer courses in arts marketing, cultural policy development, financial management, and performing arts management, among others. The program of study, which typically requires four or more years to complete, focuses on developing the knowledge base and communication skills needed to enter this demanding yet highly rewarding field.

Students prepare for careers in exhibiting, presenting, and producing organizations such as galleries and museums, dance and opera companies, orchestras, and film and theatre festivals; in arts service organizations and on arts councils; and in governmental and other non profit entities. Our program also prepares students for advanced graduate studies in Arts Management, Business Administration, Cultural and Public Policy, and Museum and Curatorial Studies. Admission to the program is competitive and based on applicants' academic performance, background in one or more of the arts, and demonstrated interest and potential ability.

The Arts Management program offers a well-rounded undergraduate education that includes an ideal balance of courses within one or two arts disciplines, business school courses, and a wealth of arts-specific management courses. This degree program at UTSC is the largest, most robust and varied of its kind in the country, and has been used as a model for other such programs around the world.

Arts Industry Insider

The Arts Industry Insider is a networking resource created by four students in the University of Toronto Scarborough's Senior Seminar in Arts Management class of 2010. The Arts Industry Insider features contact information of employers in all arts disciplines which can be used for student assignments, networking, volunteering, and possible employment opportunities. Employers have been gracious in taking their time to answer questions which many students may ponder about working as an arts manager. Plus, the tips and trends section gives students insight about the business which they are soon to enter. The initiative was created because it is believed that arts management students are the future of arts organizations in the Greater Toronto Area and therefore it is important for them to network to familiarize themselves with their field of interest and further their careers. We hope that the Arts Industry Insider is a valuable tool for Arts Management students and graduates and that it provides support for their burgeoning careers. The Arts Industry Insider is protected by a password (which will be changed on a regular basis) and available only to UTSC Arts Management students and alumni. Please contact the Arts Management Program Supervisor for the password.

Program of Study

For more information on the program of study, including program requirements and course descriptions, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.

To apply

To find this program on the OUAC website, search under University of Toronto Scarborough (found under the University of Toronto entry) under the category "Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management & Media" (program code TUC); you will then be able to choose this program under the 'Subject of Major Interest' drop-down menu.


Should you have any questions regarding the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.


Sherri Helwig | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream | 416 287 7160 | AA 329

Ella Cooper | Lecturer and Program Director | AA 320

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