Arts Management

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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.

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts (CPA)

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts (CPA) is an initiative of the Arts Management Specialist program, in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough. CPA advances knowledge and skills in the arts and cultural pluralism. Through course work and collaboration with the city's many diverse communities and artists, CPA contributes to educating future arts managers, and develops critical thinking about cultural pluralism. As evidenced by our teaching, bursary program and public programming, CPA functions as a unique partnership between the university and community. For more information on CPA, please click here.

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.


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


Sherri Helwig | Senior Lecturer and Program Director | 416 287 7160 | AA 329

Alan Stanbridge | Associate Professor | 416 287 7132 | AA 338